Repurposing unused farm buildings: expert advice on gaining additional income 

Farmers have been encouraged to repurpose their unused buildings and gain additional income through diversifications.

Concerns raised that solar farm in Kent may cause ‘serious harm’ to ancient Roman site

Kent residents are campaigning against plans to set up a solar farm, which could cause “serious harm” to one of Britain’s most important Roman sites.

Walkers Crisps potato farm reveals environmental plans

A farm that grows potatoes for Walkers Crisps has announced its plans to build a reservoir to help combat the effects of climate change.

Is Jeremy Clarkson ready for another planning battle?

Jeremy Clarkson seeks permission to build a barn at the Diddly Squat Farm as the business has an “urgent need for additional grain storage”. This follows his multiple struggles to get the green light for a new restaurant, a car park, and a farm track on the well-known farm.

New animal feed mill given planning consent

A new 50.2m tall animal feed mill will be built in Suffolk, after district councillors approved a planning application from British Sugar Plc and AB Agri Ltd.

Summer booking boom for farm’s new holiday lets

Responding to financial pressures facing the sector, Yorkshire pig producers Vicky, Rachel and Kate Morgan, diversified into holiday lets. Since their March launch they’ve received outstanding customer reviews and their new enterprise is fully booked until August. This is how they did it… 

Farmers warned about ‘potentially devastating’ financial implications of underinsuring buildings

Business owners and farmers across the UK are being warned about the potentially devastating financial consequences of not insuring their properties for the correct amount as rebuild costs continue to rise.

Agritourism projects could face lengthy delays due to failing UK planning system

Farmers in England could miss out on much-needed revenue from agritourism this year due to the UK’s planning system failing to deliver decisions on time, according to outdoor accommodation specialist Pitchup.com.

Jeremy Clarkson to close Diddly Squat restaurant amid planning rows

Clarkson is said to have dropped his bid to keep his farm restaurant open despite protests from locals and an enforcement order from council officials.

Change in planning regs allows grain producer to speed up harvest

Huddlestone Produce was able to reduce harvest time by around 30 hours after upgrading their grain drying and storage plant.

Outdoor accommodation provider backs calls to reinstate 56-day Permitted Development ruling

Pitchup.com is backing a Yorkshire MP in his quest to boost the UK’s rural economy. Earlier this week, Robert Goodwill, MP for Scarborough and Whitby, called on Housing Secretary Michael Gove to reinstate the right for farmers and landowners to operate pop-up campsites for 56 days each year without applying for planning permission.

Landowners approached by developers: Option or Promotion Agreement?

Nick Harper FAAV MRICS, managing director of Hawkspur – specialists in option and promotion agreements for landowners – offers his advice.

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