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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)

LANCHESTER FARMERS WIN 8-YEAR LONG PLANNING DISPUTE
Posted on 13 February 2019
A controversial dispute by a Lanchester farming couple to transform their farming business has been won after revised plans got the green light. 

The news will see ambitions by local farmer Tony White and his wife Norma to have a permanent residential dwelling on their mixed arable and cattle enterprise come to fruition. 

Public rights of way- Know your rights!
Posted on 11 February 2019

Most land owners will have public rights of way (footpaths, bridleways, restricted byways and byways open to all traffic) crossing their land and it is important to have an understanding of your rights and how to protect yourself from the consequences of the public deviating from designated routes.

Exam Success
Posted on 18 December 2018

Congratulations to Charlotte Burnett of our Crook office who has successfully achieved fellowship of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.

Charlotte specialises in a range of work including valuations, landlord and tenant matters, town and country planning and agricultural subsidies and grants.

Christmas Opening Times
Posted on 11 December 2018

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all the team at Vickers & Barrass Chartered Surveyors

Utility Companies - Your right for compensation
Posted on 13 November 2018

Has a Utility Company caused damage to your land? For example, when repairing a pylon or fixing a pipe?

It is a common misconception that negotiating a claim against the company yourself will avoid professional fees, as Utility Companies are obliged to pay for an agent to act on your behalf.

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