Vickers and Barrass is a firm of Rural Chartered Surveyors offering a professional land agency service throughout the North East of England.
The business was established by Harry Vickers in 1973 and in September 2012 it was acquired by Darlington Farmers Auction Mart Limited to expand their range of services. TH Vickers Limited trading as Vickers and Barrass is now fronted and managed by Adam Barrass BSC (Honours in REALM, MRICS, FAAV) and Harry Vickers (BSC FRICS) who continues to work as a consultant.

LATEST NEWS

BASIC PAYMENT 2016

The Rural Payments Agency has confirmed that bridging payments will be made to those farmers who have not yet received their BPS 2016 payment from 1 April. When questioned regarding the date “from” the RPA said they would pay 75% of the claim based on the information they held at that date but could not confirm that all outstanding payments would be looked at from 1 April. If you have are still encountering problems regarding your outstanding payment and would like some further help please contact the Tow Law office.

Moving forward to the 2017 BPS claims the deadline for these applications is 15 May 2017. If you are having difficulty completing your application and would like some assistance then please contact Adam Barrass on 01388 730095.

HEDGEROW & BOUNDARY APPLICATIONS

The 2017 Hedgerow & Boundary applications are still available and the deadline for submitting applications is 28 April 2017. All applications, maps and supporting documents must reach Natural England by this date and late applications will not be considered. Vickers & Barrass have had a very good uptake for this and if you are interested or would like any further guidance please contact the Tow Law office.

COUNTRYSIDE STEWARDSHIP

Following on from our note that the application window is to open “very shortly”, it opened officially on 10th March. Deadlines for application submissions are 30th September 2017 for Mid-Tier and 5th May for Higher-Tier. If you wish to discuss your eligibility and suitability for Countryside Stewardship please do not hesitate to contact Pat Cotterill.

BASIC PAYMENT 2017

The 2017 application window is now open. Vickers and Barrass have a breadth of experience within the area of Common Agricultural Policy Subsidies honing on Pat Cotterill’s past experience working within the Rural Payments Agency.

Please contact Vickers and Barrass if you require assistance to submit your 2017 application.

COUNTRYSIDE STEWARDSHIP: MID-TIER AND HIGHER-TIER 2017 APPLICATIONS

Natural England has confirmed that the application window should open “very shortly”, however at present no specific date has been given.

Higher- Tier applications are on an invitation only basis, therefore if Natural England considers you eligible you will have been contacted.

If you are interested in discussing a Mid-Tier Application and its suitability for your holding, please contact the office we would be happy to discuss your individual circumstances.

CAPITAL GRANTS

Natural England continues to promote the Hedgerow and Boundary applications for 2017. Farmers can apply for up to 200m of stone walling and may be eligible to a grant of £5,000 (maximum). There are various other capital items including hedgerow laying and gapping up and this grant is also up to a maximum claim of £5,000. The scheme is competitive and is open to all farmers. If your ELS agreement expires prior to 30 June 2017 then you are eligible to apply. For existing UELS agreement holders which expire this year further confirmation and guidance will be made available from Natural England upon request. For further information please contact Pat Cotterill at the Tow Law office.

PLANNING UPDATE- “FIXING OUR BROKEN HOUSING MARKET”

A recent Government White Paper has been produced outlining the Governments proposals for “Fixing our broken housing market” of which the paper has been titled.

It is clear within this paper that a shift in thinking is emerging, an attitude more encouraging towards development in the countryside.

This shift opens up opportunities for land owners with potential development sites becoming more attractive due to changing policy as well as those with existing buildings prime for residential conversion.

Within applications submitted by Vickers and Barrass we are finding that a more favourable outlook towards development is emerging within our local planning authorities both within and outside of designated areas such as our local North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

We have significant experience dealing with planning matters and would be happy to offer our advice and services to achieve your assets full potential.

COUNTRYSIDE STEWARDSHIP CAPITAL GRANTS

Natural England continues to promote the Hedgerow and Boundary applications for 2017. Farmers can apply for up to 200m of stone walling and may be eligible to a grant of £5,000 (maximum). There are various other capital items including hedgerow laying and gapping up and this grant is also up to a maximum claim of £5,000. The scheme is competitive and is open to all farmers. If your ELS agreement expires prior to 30 June 2017 then you are eligible to apply. For existing UELS agreement holders which are expiring this year further confirmation and guidance will be made available from Natural England upon request. For further information please contact Pat Cotterill at the Tow Law office.

EUROPEAN AGRICULTURAL FUND FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT (EAFRD)

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) for the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area has been announced. There is grant funding available totalling £9.7 million to businesses in the food processing, tourism and rural business development sectors. Applications are being sought for projects that will create jobs, make the business grow or bring more money into the local rural economy. The capital grants will be made available from the RPA and will fund up to 40% of a projects cost with the minimum amount totalling £35,000. The projects overall costing would need to be over £87,000 to be eligible for the funding. Businesses must be located in rural areas of County Durham, Northumberland and Gateshead or within the North East Rural Growth Network boundary. For further information please contact our Tow Law office or call into the mart office on sale days.

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