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THE TIME IS RIGHT FOR DIVERSIFICATION
Posted on 30 July 2019

Farmers should be able to take advantage of a package of measures as they look to develop their existing businesses and open up new opportunities for revenue generation.

That’s the view of Adam Barrass, rural chartered surveyor and practice manager at Vickers & Barrass, who works closely with many farmers, supporting their growth and development ambitions.

SMALL GRANTS SCHEME - ROUND TWO NOW OPEN
Posted on 09 July 2019

The Countryside Productivity Small Grants Scheme has now opened its second round of funding. If you were granted funding in round 1 you may be eligible to apply for round 2, if you have not claimed more than £9000 in round 1. Round 2 is open between 9 July 2019 and midday on 3 September 2019.

HUGE CONCERNS OVER SUBSIDIES MOVE, SAYS RURAL SURVEYORS
Posted on 25 June 2019
Farmers across North East England must treat the latest changes to farming subsidies cautiously and prepare fully, warns a leading firm of land agents and rural chartered surveyors. Laura Carrick, rural chartered surveyor at County Durham based Vickers & Barrass, comments farmers need to start to prepare for post-Brexit changes and the move away from the EU-wide payment system, in the light of the National Audit Office’s early review of the farming programme.

FARMERS URGED TO ACT OVER SEPTIC TANK CHANGES
Posted on 12 June 2019

Northern farmers and property owners are being urged by land agents and chartered surveyors Vickers & Barrass to keep close tabs on changes to septic tank regulations to avoid breaking the law. 

NEW RULES COULD SEE HUNDREDS OF LOCALS LOCKED OUT OF HOUSING MARKET
Posted on 29 May 2019

Hundreds of people could be locked-out of property rental because of new rules coming into effect this summer, according to Vickers & Barrass.

The Tenant Fees Act 2019, which is the Government’s approach to banning letting fees paid by tenants in the private rented sector and capping tenancy deposits, comes into force later this week (1 June).

VICKERS & BARRASS RENEW COUNTY SHOW SPONSORSHIP DEAL
Posted on 08 May 2019

Vickers & Barrass has renewed its sponsorship of the Northumberland County Show, helping to support the next generation of farmers.

The County Durham-based practice will follow last year’s successful involvement as sponsors again of the ‘Young Sheep Handlers’ class, which sees anyone under the age of 16 presenting any breed of lamb for judging.

Changes to Natural England general licenses
Posted on 01 May 2019
News came last week that Natural England had announced that its three general licences for the control of 16 bird species, including corvids and pigeons, were revoked on 25th April 2019 (last Thursday). Previously, the three licences subject to the legal challenge cover 16 bird species, including several members of the crow family (crows, magpies, rooks, jackdaws and jays), feral and wood pigeon and number of invasive non-native species (such as Canada goose).

It is expected that, over time, many situations which were covered by the three general licences will be covered by one of the new licences. Natural England is undertaking new licensing assessments to support lethal control of certain birds in defined situations, such as:

Hedgerow and Boundary Grant - Upcoming deadline
Posted on 24 April 2019

Applications to the Hedgerow and Boundary Grant must be submitted by Friday 3rd May 2019.

This grant is designed to help farmers and land managers restore existing farm boundaries and is available to those who are not in any other stewardship schemes. The maximum grant available is £10,000. 

NO EVICTION PLANS COULD SEE LOCAL PROPERTY RENTAL SHORTAGES
Posted on 15 April 2019

New government plans that will see landlords unable to evict tenants at short notice, could lead to a lack of locally available rental property, says a Crook estate agency.

Edd Forster, property sales manager at Vickers & Barrass, which handles dozens of lettings across Weardale, was commenting on moves to protect renters from ‘unethical’ landlords and provide them with more long-term security.

Grant Funding Available
Posted on 27 March 2019

Hedgerow and Boundary Grant

Funding for:
• Planting new hedgerows
• Gapping up
• Stonewall restoration

Deadline- 3rd May 2019
Funding Available - £10,000 (maximum)

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