With full knowledge of the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 and the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995, George Webb Finn can undertake rent reviews on your behalf. Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, we can negotiate rent reviews for all your rural and commercial needs, whether it be land, residential property, telecoms sites, diversification interests or business premises. As experienced professionals we will inspect, report and negotiate through to conclusion.
Diversification and Grants
Farm diversification is a well-established and important source of additional income for many farm businesses. However, diversification is rarely a simple, straightforward process, which can be achieved without careful research, forward planning and perseverance. By reducing your dependency on farming, and re-developing disused buildings or land, you can create new sources of income to complement your farming earnings. We can arrange minor works to buildings through to new constructions. With our experience, we can project manage from inception of the idea through planning, to completion of your goal.
We have a wide range of skills and experience available including valuation, planning consultancy and project management. We also have access to architects, building surveyors, highways engineers and other specialists, and can therefore offer a complete package if required.
From first thoughts to final successes we advise and assist with financial assessments, planning and grant applications, project design, costing and construction management, as well as environmental issues and marketing.
We have specialist knowledge of equestrian facilities from trail rides to pony paddocks, livery, and racing and breeding establishments.
We offer a comprehensive forestry service which includes valuation and purchase and sale of woodlands, and have experience of woodland management for both timber production and amenity use including: preparation of grant applications, felling licences, procurement of planting and coppicing, thinning and felling.
Basic Payment Scheme
Previously known as the Single Payment Scheme (SPS), following the most recent Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Reform, SPS will be replaced with a new scheme called the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS). It will start on 1st January 2015, and with a detailed understanding, our specialists are on hand to advise and assist farm businesses on their eligibility, entitlements, applications, “Greening” and “Cross Compliance” obligations, and an assurance that you meet each requirement in a timely and compliant manner.
There is increasing emphasis within the EU on improved management of the rural environment and natural resources. This has led to the Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) and Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) Schemes, which encourage farmers to follow various land management prescriptions, rather than just out and out food production. We have extensive experience in relation to ELS and HLS, and can advise on which, if any, of the alternatives is appropriate for you. We can also assist with preparation and submission of applications and with transfer of existing agreements when land is bought or sold.
Compulsory Purchase and Compensation Claims
With our knowledge and expertise, we are able to assist you with: challenging acquiring authorities, protecting your rights and interests as a property owner, policing the exercise of compulsory powers, maximising your claims for compensation, and identifying and exploiting potential opportunities arising from the compulsory acquisition.
We can provide specialist advice in respect of the sale, acquisition and letting of sporting rights, whether for pleasure or commercial uses, including rights to hunt or kill game, and fishing.
Expert Witness and Opinion
We can provide expert opinions and witness reports on a range of issues, including valuations, town and country planning and compensation claims. Our aim is to help settle a dispute before it goes to court, at which point professional fees, other costs and emotional stress can often outweigh the benefit of the final settlement.