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Rural funding opportunities

Rural Funding Opportunities

Defra has confirmed £35 million of funding will be made available to rural businesses under ...
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Agricultural Occupancy Condition

Agricultural Occupancy Condition

Family decisions from days gone by can have a lasting impact on farms today, as ...
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Inheritance Tax

Inheritance Tax Review

While the government continues to muddle through Brexit, and the opposition is busy publishing “Land ...
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PRIVATE No public right of way sign

How to protect your land from the creation of new rights of way

While everyone should be able to appreciate and enjoy the British countryside, public access causes ...
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Planning regime changes to allow more flexible use of buildings

Planning regime changes to allow more flexible use of buildings

The Government initially implemented Permitted Development Rights (PDR) to make it relatively simple to convert ...
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Assets for sale? Take time to qualify for relief

Assets for sale? Take time to qualify for relief

Under this relief, qualifying assets result in a reduced rate of Capital Gains Tax of ...
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Otties Farm - New Dairy

Otties Farm – New Dairy for yoghurt and cheese making

Three generations have worked the land at Ottinge since the turn of last century. The ...
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Tractor plowing

The farming voice must be heard for a Green Brexit

The beginning of May sees the deadline for Kent landowners and farmers to give their ...
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LYNWOOD Whitfield Dover

Planning permission granted for 14 homes in Whitfield

Proposals to build 14 high quality homes at Whitfield have been given the go-ahead by ...
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Roundabout under construction

How to make the best of a Compulsory Purchase Order

As a result there is likely to be an ongoing demand to use compulsory purchase ...
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Permitted development in town centre

Permitted development in town centres

Potential planning changes could have implications for our town centres, which is timely given the ...
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Ploughing with tractor

Tenancy planning for landowners

As politicians continue to wrestle with Brexit, there is obviously significant uncertainty. What we do know is ...
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Is Netflix moving to Ashford?

Netflix linked with move to Ashford?

The possible plans for a European filming hub presented recently to Ashford Borough Council could ...
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Local Plan

Thinking local is the answer when planning to develop

Successful development is often about having the right land in the right place, but when it comes ...
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Foxbury Farm

Housing secured in the Green Belt

A Grade II-listed oast house and associated farm buildings will be transformed into six homes after Sevenoaks District ...
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Store closing

National Planning Policy Framework update

The redesign of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) has given councils greater powers to promote housing. However, ...
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Vicky Phillips

Vicky Phillips returns to Hobbs Parker’s Property Consultants team

Having reached the position of Partner in her previous role at a national firm, Vicky ...
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Tenterden High Street

Change of use and permitted development to support the high street

‘Planning Reform: Supporting the high street and increasing the delivery of new homes’, published by the Ministry ...
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Hobbs Parker welcomes new Senior Planner to the team

Hobbs Parker welcomes new Senior Planner to the team

Senior Planning Consultant Elizabeth Welch joins the team after almost a decade at Dover District Council. Prior ...
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Inheritance tax relief for farm businesses

Inheritance tax relief for farm businesses

It is not uncommon for farm businesses to shy away from Inheritance Tax planning, as it is ...
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Solar farms advice for landowners

Solar farms advice for landowners

The key advancement is the reduction of installation costs and increase in efficiency of the solar ...
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Conningbrook Lakes

Why 2019 is the right time to invest in Ashford

“If you have ever wished you’d invested somewhere that has regenerated, you will know that ...
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Great Crested Newt

Green plans could mean red light for development

Ashford-based Hobbs Parker Property Consultants LLP (HPPC) is concerned that if confirmed DEFRA’s consultation about ...
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Development Site

A development opportunity half done!

Congratulations, you did it. Your local authority
 has granted you planning permission for development. It’s in ...
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Ashford Local Plan 2017

19 New Development Sites for Ashford

The draft local plan was put out to consultation last year. It has been reviewed ...
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Strawberries

Outlook Summer 2017

In this edition: We look at how owners of brownfield sites looking to bring forward ...
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Planning to succeed

As a result, development can be difficult, especially for housebuilders, as many local communities fail ...
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Farmyard Barn

Could the latest business rates revaluation hit your pocket?

Farm buildings and agricultural land will continue to be exempt from business rates as long ...
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Solar Farm

Is now the right time to diversify?

As well as developing your business plan and securing the necessary finance, many face the ...
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Favourable exchange rate brings timely relief to farmers

Recent forecasts for net farm income for all farm types for the year to March ...
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Is it time to loosen the Green Belt?

With demand for housing continuing at an unprecedented rate, despite the possible implications of Brexit, ...
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Plan ahead for agricultural rent reviews in 2017

As many agri-businesses find themselves facing the continued pressure related
to farm incomes, now is the ...
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lime-works

Plans for new home in AONB given consent

Permission has been granted to replace vacant farm buildings with a three bedroom house on ...
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Wind Turbine

Renewable Energy – is it beginning to run on empty?

Last year didn’t end brightly, and despite what’s happening in other countries, 2016 could see ...
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Derelict old building in a rural area

Permitted Development Rights for rural buildings

The current legislation offers an excellent opportunity to farmers and landowners to quickly and cost-effectively ...
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Rural scene view over fields

Agricultural Grant Scheme Launched for Hedgerows and Boundaries

The deadline for applications is 30 April. Benefits may be obtained for capital items such ...
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Man jumping over fence

How to gain planning permission — a view from both sides of the fence

Having joined Hobbs Parker Property Consultants six months ago, with nearly 30 years’ planning experience ...
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Europe

What does Brexit mean for the whole planning system?

It’s been impossible to get away from the issue of the European Union referendum and ...
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Outlook Autumn 2016

In this edition: What does Brexit mean for planning? Jon Rimmer takes a candid look ...
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Outlook Summer 2016

In this edition: Rising to the challenge of demand for more housing. Housing demand shows ...
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Outlook Spring 2016

Outlook Spring 2016

In this edition: Renewable energy – is it beginning to run on empty? We consider ...
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Rural landscape image of Summer sunset over field of hay bales

Is selling some land an option in 2016?

There appears to be very little confidence of an improvement in outlook for the agricultural ...
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Sophie Walker and Sam Snart

New team rising to challenge

New team rising to challenge To ensure Hobbs Parker Property Consultants respond to the need ...
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Consultation for new Lower Thames Crossing

Highways England is currently consulting on the route of a new Lower Thames Crossing, linking ...
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