Thomas Hamplett MRICS FAAV

Auctioneer / Rural Surveyor

I joined Hobbs Parker in 2018 having returned from Australia and New Zealand where I had been working and playing rugby.

Originally I am from Staffordshire, I grew up on my family’s Suckler cow and sheep farm. After finishing school, I attended Harper Adams University where I graduated with BSc Honours in Rural Property Management.

I am a Chartered Surveyor, Registered Valuer and Fellow of the CAAV. Day to day I undertake a variety of work including advising clients on Landlord and Tenant matters, Compulsory Purchase and Utilities, Valuations, Subsidy schemes including the Basic Payment Scheme, Countryside Stewardship, Rural Grants and Sustainable Farming Incentives.

In addition to my work as a Chartered Surveyor, I am also the pig and calf auctioneer here at Ashford Market.

In my spare time, I enjoy sports with my main passion being rugby; during the winter, you will find me at Cranbrook Rugby Club attempting to play! I try to get home when I can to help Dad on the farm, and I can be partial to the odd pint of beer.

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Are your grazing arrangements due a spring clean?

As we head into Spring, attention for many landowners will turn to managing their pasture for another year, whether this is buying stock, mowing, or contracting out to a local grazier or contractor. In this […]

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The End of the Four-Year Rule

The rules around how long a development needs to have taken place to become lawful are about to change. Often, works are mistakenly carried out without the benefit of planning permission.

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Considering selling your farm or land? Read our top tips first

Now Spring has officially arrived, the rain has (hopefully!) slowed down, and demand for farms and land remains strong in the South East, we share our tips for selling.

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Government Announcement on Agricultural Property Relief (APR)

Welcome news on APR with the inclusion of farmland in environmental schemes

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Delinked Payment Transfer Window Opens

The transfer window for delinked BPS payments is now open until the 10th May 2024.

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More grant funding released for Farm Productivity and Animal Welfare

Following the Prime Minister’s address to the National Farmers Union conference, Defra have announced the eagerly anticipated 2024 round of the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund (FETF).

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Rishi Sunak makes announcement at NFU Conference

The Prime minister used his speech at the National Farmers Union (NFU) Conference to pledge his government support for British Agriculture with a focus on further support and policy changes to assist with diversification and […]

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Outlook - Spring 2024

Valuable information about Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG), farm grants and support and the farmland sale market in 2024.

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Outlook - Winter 2023

Important updates regarding Agricultural Property Relief, Red Book reports for IHT valuations, telecoms masts and planning successes in 2023.

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Outlook - Autumn 2023

Expansion of Permitted Development Rights, developments on the Sustainable Farming Incentive and news of grants for cattle farmers

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What to do when a utility company wants access to your land

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The Delinking of Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) Payments

2023 marks the end of BPS payments in their current form, with Defra introducing “delinked payments” in 2024 as English agricultural policy continues its transition away from the EU’s model of financial support.

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Water Management Grant for Arable or Horticultural Businesses is now Open!

Defra has announced that the first stage of its Water Management Grant is now open for applications. Grants of up to £500,000 are available to improve water efficiency and secure water supplies for crop irrigation.

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Farming Equipment and Technology Grant - Round 2 announced!

Defra has announced the second round of the popular Farming Equipment and Technology Grant, offering grants of up to £25,000 towards items that will improve agricultural sustainability, horticultural and forestry productivity, and improve animal welfare.

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Calling all pig, beef and dairy farmers - slurry infrastructure grant open

Grants of up to £250,000 are now available to help farmers increase slurry storage capacity.

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£30m grant funding for farm diversification announced

Defra have recently announced the release of the third Farming Investment Fund Theme: Adding Value with a £30 million fund available. This is an exciting grant available to agricultural businesses which will help to fund […]

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Generous new grants launched to increase productivity on your farm

Farming Transformation Fund: Improving Farm Productivity – Now open Are you considering investing in your Agricultural or Horticultural business? If so, you may be able to access grant funding to assist with the capital cost […]

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