Julian Sayers has been made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Agricultural University in recognition of his long career advising farmers and land owners on the many aspects of rural property.
He graduated from what was then the Royal Agricultural College (RAC) in 1982. He has maintained close links with the University, sitting on a number of its Boards, acting as Chair of the Real Estate and Land Management (RELM) Advisory Council and serving as a Governor for nine years.
He has held senior positions at a number of the land based sector’s major organisations including chairing the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Rural Faculty, the Oxford Farming conference and the Farmers Club. Last year he served as Master of the Worshipful Company of Farmers, and is the long serving chair of the Defra Tenancy Reform Industry Group.
He told Graduates: “I am hugely honoured to receive my Fellowship from the Royal Agricultural University which means a great deal to me as I have been involved with this unique academic institution for the past 40 years.”
“My working life has been all about the people I deal with day to day, against a backdrop of rural property in its many guises. Strong working relationships are one of the keys to success along with lifelong learning, establishing contacts for support and guidance and taking opportunities that come your way. Upon leaving the RAU the world is your oyster and the University and its strong alumni network are there to support you.”
Professor Joanna Price, Vice Chancellor of the RAU said: Julian Sayers is a visionary leader whose contribution to society and duty of service go hand in hand with his professional success. He is an inspirational role model for our students and we are delighted to welcome him to our community of Honorary Fellows.
We are pleased to announce that Kevin has joined the team as a Director and Head of Agency. Kevin brings a wealth of knowledge and joins us from a national agent bringing with him over twenty years of experience in the sale and valuation of all types of property including cottages, houses, land and large country estates. Kevin is a well known for his impressive record in the country house and estate market and has been involved in many of the most significant sales in the south of England.
As well as heading up our Agency department, he will also be available to act for purchasers and provide a range of professional services including valuations and Expert Witness instructions.
General Licenses to Control Birds
On 25th April, Natural England revoked the three General Licenses which allow for the control of certain wild birds including crows, magpies and pigeons amongst others. This meant that as from 25th April, anyone found shooting these birds could be committing a criminal offence.
BPS DEADLINE & AMENDING APPLICATIONS
The deadline for 2019 BPS applications, 15th May, has now passed. However, should you need to amend your application there are still options.
You can make some amendments up to 31st May 2019 without a penalty if the original 2019 application was submitted prior to the 15th May deadline. These changes include:
- Adding a land parcel
- Increasing the eligible area of a land parcel
- Increasing the area being used to activate entitlements for claim
- Changing the land use of a parcel
The above changes can be also made from 1st June until midnight on 10th June however, changes during this time frame will attract a penalty.
Should you become aware of a error on your claim outside of these timescales can inform the RPA at any time using the ‘notified error’ provisions. These cannot result in an increase in value of the 2019 BPS claim and therefore include changes to the land use and deducting the eligible area of a land parcel but not adding parcels or increasing the eligible area.
The ‘obvious error’ provision allows the RPA to correct a clear omission or mistake on a 2019 BPS application without a penalty being attracted if the error is ‘obvious from a simple check of the application’.
For further details on the above please see the BPS 2019 scheme rules
New proposals to boost security for tenanted farmers
12 week consultations launched in England and Wales to seek views on reforms to agricultural tenancy legislation
Published 9 April 2019
Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and Robert Goodwill MP
Plans to modernise and update agricultural tenancy legislation have been published today (Tuesday 9 April) as part of a public consultation and call for evidence.
The proposals build on the work of the Tenancy Reform Industry Group (TRIG), which has provided advice on the key policy priorities for the tenanted sector as we leave the EU.
The consultations in England and Wales set out proposals to remove existing barriers to productivity improvements and help bring about structural change, improving the overall competitiveness and sustainability of the tenant farming sector.
The options that are being explored include:
• Enabling tenants of Agricultural Holdings Act (AHA) agreements to hand over their lease to new tenant farmers on their retirement, encouraging earlier succession planning.
• Incentivising more landlords to let new Farm Business Tenancies of 10 years or more, giving tenants greater security to invest and grow a sustainable businesses.
• Removing barriers which may currently dis-incentivise landlords and tenants from investing and making improvements to their AHA rented holdings. For example, there is currently the risk that agreed tenant interest payments made on investments can be lost during the rent review process.
As the existing legislation on agricultural tenancy applies to England and Wales, two consultations will run for 12 weeks in both countries.
Farming Minister Robert Goodwill said:
We are seeking views on how we can open up more opportunities for the next wave of tenant farmers, breathe new life into the sector and step up farming productivity.
We are exploring a number of options to reboot the sector, such as encouraging earlier succession planning and having more flexibility in current tenancy agreements.
The policy framework for agricultural tenancies needs to be fit for the future, and I welcome all views on the proposals set out in this consultation.
Views will be sought from farmers in tenancy agreements, agricultural landlords and the organisations which represent these groups, as well as professional advisers and financial organisations in the sector.
The government is also seeking to gather evidence on mortgage restrictions and repossession protections for farmland to better understand any issues that exist in this area.
Julian Sayers, Chairman of the Tenancy Reform Industry Group (TRIG) said:
The cross industry Group has worked closely with Defra to identify further legislative and other measures which will hopefully help to maintain and invigorate the tenanted sector.
We face a period of significant change across the whole farming industry to which both landlords and tenants must be in a position to adapt over the course of the next few years and beyond.
I therefore encourage all those with an interest in land tenure, which has such an important part to play in the future of many of our agricultural business, to respond to the consultation.
The deadline for responses is 2 July 2019.
The latest edition of the NFU Farming and Property Bulletin is now available via this link:
NFU Bulletin March
Our Publication, Agency Review 2018/19, summarises the market position as well as showcasing some of our Agency achievements during the last year.
Agency Review 2018/19
The RPA has now published the following key dates for BPS 2019, as follows:
– 13st March 2019 – BPS online applications open.
– 15th May 2019 – Deadline to submit BPS 2019 applications.
– 15th May 2019 – Deadline for land and entitlement transfers for the 2019 scheme.
Please see the full February 2019 bulletin for further details.
The 58th Adkin Annual Sale of Hay & Straw is the second to be held in conjunction with Thimbleby & Shorland, for the express purpose of maintaining this important service to the farming community. The sale was held at Ardington, Oxfordshire on Tuesday 15th January 2019 and met with a lively trade for hay, but a rather steadier one for straw. The shortage of fodder due to the dry summer is still evident and means that hay is in strong demand. Straw in big bales met a fair trade which reflected the present market, with a near 100% clearance. There was no significant trade for straw in conventional bales however, which would seem to be due to both the extra cost of handling and that demand can be met from supplies of big bales. All lots were of excellent quality, the summer being one of the best years for making hay and baling straw for a long time.
Adkin are very pleased to announce that Hannah Rickards and Rosa Noll have passed their exams to become a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.