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.



BPS claimants are required to abide by the closed period which runs from 1 March to 31 August where cutting and trimming hedges and trees are banned. However derogation can be given in the following circumstances

  1. to enhance the environment, improve public or agricultural access, or for reasons relating to livestock or crop production;
  2. to cut or trim a tree in a hedgerow during the month of August for the purposes of sowing oil seed rape or temporary grass.

Requests must be in writing to the RPA and work should not be started until a response has been received.


Vickers and Barrass are giving away two tickets to North Sheep every other Friday leading up to the event and we still have four tickets left to give away!

To enter “like” our page Vickers and Barrass Chartered Surveyors on Facebook, share our post about the competition and comment with the name of who you would like to take with you.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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