Do Not Leave Matters Until the Last Minute to Maximise Benefit and Return

As we all know, things in farming are changing. BPS is reducing, starting with this year's payment. If you have had an HLS / ELS agreement, then these have either come to an end, or will do within the next couple of years. The Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot has been launched this year, with different elements being rolled out over the next cou...

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Time to sell with PFK Land Agency?

As the nights draw in, and autumn is heading our way fast, you don't immediately think of selling property, but if this is something you are thinking about, then now is the time to start planning. The rural property market is very buoyant at present, with demand being shown from a multitude of different property buyers, so if you are thinking about...

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New Graduate Land Agent appointed at PFK Land Agency

We are delighted to announce the appointment of James Martin to our Land Agency and Professional Services team, after having completed his Masters Degree in Rural Estate Management at the University of Aberdeen. James grew up in Cumbria and attended Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, just around the corner from our Penrith office. After moving away to...

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Assured Shorthold Tenancies – What to Know

Drawing up a tenancy agreement is often a difficult task – here's what you need to know: The most common form of tenancy used for residential properties is an Assured Shorthold Tenancy, most commonly referred to as an AST. Since 1997 all new tenancies in the UK are Assured Shorthold Tenancies by default unless agreed otherwise. AST's must also meet...

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RICS Rural Conference 2021

On Wednesday 7th July 2021, our Land Agency team virtually attended the annual RICS Rural Conference. The agenda focused heavily on the future of the UKs agricultural policy, with key speakers including Victoria Prentis MP, Farming Minister, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Farming, Fisheries and Food, DEFRA and Lord Callanan Parliamentar...

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Environment Act 2021

 New legislation has been passed which will seek to protect and enhance our environment for future generations. Through the Act, the Government will aim to clean up the country's air, restore natural habitats, increase biodiversity, reduce waste and make better use of our resources. It is hoped that the Act will halt the decline in species by ...

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Adding Value with PFK Planning & Development

PFK is the only business of its kind in Cumbria to employ RTPI qualified Chartered Town Planners. Town Planners have the professional skills to understand complex legislation, to find solutions to difficult property-related challenges, to negotiate and advocate for good outcomes and project manage the planning process. This article will take a look...

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Self-Build Housing - Solution to the UK Housing Crisis or Grand Design Dream?

The Government recently commissioned an independent review into self-build housing. The Bacon Review, published on 21 August 2021, sets out a range of recommendations for how the delivery of self-build housing can be improved. Among the recommendations contained in the review are a "small sites programme" which would encourage local authorities and...

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Land Agency Sales Update Summer 2019

PFK have had a busy few months listing lots of new and exciting properties, some of which can be seen below; The Luham, Edenhall - POA• Grade II Listed farmhouse • Traditional and modern farm buildings • 304.39 acres (123.18 ha) of highly productive arable land and grassland, together with some amenity woodland • The majority of the land benefits f...

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Views from the Rural Boundary

With the success of the Covid-19 vaccine programme now very evident, stock prices buoyant and the rather bizarre spring now behind us, a sense of a re...

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Agricultural Support Changes - What Does It Mean For You?

As featured in the Farmers Guardian, Jo Edwards warns of the end to direct paymentsWhere has the time gone – no sooner did the New Year start, we find...

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Our Guide to Occupancy Clauses

In this week's blog, Kayleigh will provide her insight into occupancy clauses. The existence of a occupancy clause, either local occupancy or agricult...

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How to Secure Planning Approval for Residential Development of Agricultural Land

The planning system in England and Wales is supposed to be ‘plan led.’ That means there is a legal requirement for every council in England and Wales ...

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Eviction Ban Extended

The ban on bailiff-enforced evictions for private renters has been extended in England and Wales.This will be until February 21 “at least” according t...

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Agricultural Transition Plan 2021-2024

The government have published their agricultural transition plan outlining changes which will take place between now and 2024.The plan sets out the fo...

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