Planning Case Study – Heavily designated site gets consent for dwelling via ‘Flexi-Approach

Samuel & Son successfully obtained planning consent for a new dwelling on a heavily designated rural site.

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Retrospective Dwelling for Equestrian Rural Worker & Commercial Equestrian Business

Samuel & Son have successfully assisted a client with a retrospective planning application for the retention of an existing accommodation and the change from private to commercial equestrian use of his stable yard following on from the LPA serving a ‘Planning Contravention Notice’ for unauthorised development on the client’s property.

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Planning Case Study – Public Inquiry Planning Appeal – Retention of Mobile Home for Forestry Worker

Samuel & Son have recently won a planning case through a public inquiry planning appeal to assist a client retain a mobile home for a forestry worker.

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Planning Case Study – Class Q Permitted Development Agricultural to Residential Conversion (On Appeal)

Samuel & Son have recently won an appeal against a Local Planning Authority for their refusal of a planning application to convert a redundant farm building into a dwelling under the relatively new Class Q Permitted Development rights.

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Wealden District Council set out their long term plan for housing in the region

Wealden District Council have just revealed their ‘Vision & Strategic Housing Approach’ through to 2037 which involves an objective to see at least 20,000 houses and associated infrastructure built throughout the region in this period.

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Planning Case Study – CLEUD for Secondary Dwelling

After a client had received Notice from the Local Authority and the threat of enforcement action for having constructed a secondary dwelling adjoining a main residence without planning consent, Samuel & Son worked with the client and the Local Authority to obtain a CLEUD for the unauthorised development.

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Important Information for Landlords 2015

Samuel & Son offer a comprehensive residential lettings service specialising in rural and village houses and cottages and landed residential property. We offer a friendly and professional service to guide you through the sometimes complex procedures and legal obligations that you as a Landlord have in letting your property.

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The Deregulation Act 2015 – What does it mean for domestic Landlords?

The Deregulation Act 2015 has introduced important changes. The changes are significant and can have a substantial effect on a landlord’s ability to recover possession of a property from their tenants.

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New Energy Efficiency Regulations 2015 for Private Rented Property

Landlords of domestic and non-domestic private rented premises must prepare for new regulations requiring many of them to make energy efficiency improvements to their properties before they can continue to be rented out. In England and Wales, from April 2016, private landlords of domestic properties will have to consent to specific types of energy efficiency improvements their tenants want to carry out and from April 2018, private landlords will be unable to rent out either domestic or non-domestic properties that have not achieved a minimum “E” energy rating.

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CLEUD Up – A Guide to Certificate of Lawful Existing Use or Development

If you are planning on selling, renting or mortgaging your property and you have breached planning laws in the existing use and development of your buildings or land, it may be sensible to consider formalising arrangements via a CLEUD application.

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Planning Case Study – Replacement of Farm Barn with a Dwelling within an AONB

Samuel & Son obtained planning consent for a client in June 2015 for the demolition of a farm barn and its subsequent replacement with a larger new build dwelling within an AONB. The case, which was extended and complex, provided a highly interesting and testing process of planning policy at both national and local level relating to Class Q Permitted Development and its wider interpretation and implementation.

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Wealden District Council ‘Call for Sites’ for Housing and Development

Wealden District Council are in the process of re-assessing the need for housing and development in the area and are calling on landowners to put forward sites that may have potential for housing and/or other development in the district.

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Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) 2015 and beyond.

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDP) is part of the Common Agricultural Policy, and is jointly-funded by the EU and the Government. A commitment to spend £3.5bn over the seven years from 2014 – 2020 has already been announced. A range of schemes will support three key areas: managing the environment; increasing farming and forestry productivity; growing the rural economy.

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CAP Reform – NELMS has a new name. Countryside Stewardship scheme is announced.

As part of the Rural Development Programme for England £900m of funding has been allocated to managing the environment under the new Countryside Stewardship scheme that replaces the old HLS and ELS schemes, English Woodland Grant Scheme and Catchment Sensitive Farming programme. Countryside Stewardship agreements will start on 1st January, so there will be only one application window each year. The first agreements will start on 1st January 2016 and are mostly competitive so it is more important than ever to get professional advice on making an application.

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Stamp Duty Land Tax Reform December 2014

Chancellor announces sweeping reform of Stamp Duty Land Tax system in his Autumn Statement to deliver savings to 98% of residential purchasers.

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CAP Reform 2015 – BPS Greening, are you prepared?

In this CAP reform, farmers have to do more for the environment in order to be eligible for their full BPS subsidy payment. The new Greening rules are compulsory and failure to comply with them will result in 30% of BPS payment being docked for the first 2 years of the scheme and a larger fine after this period.

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New Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2015

As of January 2015 The Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) will be replacing The Single Payment Scheme (SPS) which has been in place since 2005, and is the principal agricultural subsidy scheme in the EU.

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‘Digital by Default’ New CAP Information System (CAPIS) for BPS and other CAP schemes in 2015

All applications for the new CAP schemes including the Basic Payment Scheme will be ‘digital by default’ from 2015. A new online application and payment system, the CAP Information Service (CAPIS) will be implemented over the next few months to replace the existing government gateway access.  After 1 January 2015 the RPA will not accept […]

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Entitlement Aid – use them or lose them

Samuel & Son are agents for Entitlement Aid. The idea of the initiative is to assist farmers who may hold a small excess of English Single Payment Scheme (or Basic Payment Scheme from 2015) entitlements and would like to transfer them rather than potentially lose them in 2015. The objective of the initiative  is to […]

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New MB Permitted Development Rights allowing conversion of agricultural buildings to residential use.

Farmers and Landowners welcome new Permitted Development Rights allowing conversion of agricultural buildings to residential use. There is potentially huge scope for landowners and farmers to capitalise on their redundant farm buildings following the introduction of new permitted development rights for agricultural buildings that came into force on 6th April this year allowing the change of use of an agricultural building to a use falling within Class C3 (dwelling houses).

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