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At Strutt & Parker our goal is to help our clients enjoy their land to the full, while ensuring their commercial success and long-term viability. We are entering a period of rapid transformation in the countryside, with key drivers including Brexit, climate change, radical advances in technology and changing public expectations of what land should be used for. As landowners develop their strategies for the future, having access to the right expertise is crucial. This area of our website draws together guidance and market analysis on topical issues relating to land and estate management, farming, rural diversification, forestry, viticulture and rural planning.

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22.09.2020

Strutt & Parker in natural capital account collaboration with eftec

Strutt & Parker is delighted to announce a collaboration with leading environmental economists Economics for the Environment Consultancy (eftec) to help rural landowners enhance and unlock the potential of their natural capital assets. Strutt & Parker worked with eftec last year to produce one of the first natural capital accounts of its kind for a […]
15.09.2020

Mandatory five-year electrical installation tests – a checklist

New regulations which make it mandatory for landlords in England to carry out five-yearly electrical installation tests in private rented housing came into force earlier this summer. The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 mean landlords will have to ensure that electrical wiring, sockets, consumer units and other fixed electrical parts in […]
08.09.2020

A country estate revival – Summer 2020

There has been greater activity in the market for country houses and residential estates during the past two months than we have experienced for the past two or three years. The ‘new normal’ of home working, combined with an increased recognition in the wake of Covid-19 of the benefits of a cordon sanitaire, has breathed […]
08.09.2020

Act quickly on Sustainable Agriculture Capital Grant Scheme

Farmers in Scotland are advised to start their research if they wish to apply for grant support for any of the capital items eligible as part of the Sustainable Agriculture Capital Grant Scheme. The £10m pilot scheme, which offers grants of up to £20,000, has been announced by the Scottish Government as part of its […]
02.09.2020

Legislation to look out for…Renters’ Reform Bill

The Renters’ Reform Bill 2019-20 was included in the Queen’s Speech on 19 December 2019 with the promise that it would deliver a fairer and more effective rental market. The changes set out in the proposed Bill have significant implications for both landlords and tenants, most notably by reforming the grounds for possession when seeking […]
01.09.2020

Green Home Grant Scheme – Q&A?

The Green Homes Grant Scheme offering up to £5,000 per property for home improvements will open in England in September. The aim of the scheme is to enable homeowners and landlords to upgrade their homes and properties with energy-saving features, such as insulation or double glazing, in order to reduce energy usage and improve the […]
27.08.2020

MEES and listed buildings – a reminder for rural landlords

Landlords worried about meeting updated energy efficiency rules if they rent out listed and heritage properties are reminded they may be eligible t apply for a temporary exemption. Despite Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) first being introduced in 2018 there is still confusion over the rules for listed property or buildings within a conservation area. […]
25.08.2020

Planning White Paper – what does it mean for rural areas?

The government has recently published its long-awaited Planning for the Future White Paper which sets out its vision for a radical reform of the current planning system, with an apparent overarching intention to modernise it, and speed up decision-making. The White Paper confirms the much-talked-about plans for zoning land into three categories: growth areas suitable […]
21.08.2020

Environment Land Management System (ELMS) – is it on track?

The Environment Land Management System (ELMS) will form the basis of agricultural policy in England, replacing direct payments made through the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) with an environmental scheme paying public money for public goods. Work on the design of ELMS is well under way, and involves a process of Pioneers, tests and trials and […]
20.08.2020

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 17th August 2020

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. FARMING Strutt & Parker Health and Safety update Please download our latest update from our Rural Hub. This edition includes articles on the latest HSE fatality figures for farming; health and safety posters; safety at harvest; COVID; air suspension systems; and vermin control. For further […]
14.08.2020

Green Homes Grant Scheme – what improvements are eligible?

The government has confirmed that the installation of insulation and low-carbon heating systems will take priority under the new Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme, which will open for applications in September 2020. The government has announced further details of the scheme, first announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in July, which is designed to cut energy […]
29.07.2020

Greening rules relaxed to reduce regulatory burden on farmers

Farmers in England will no longer be required to comply with so-called greening requirements when planning their cropping for harvest 2021. This means that, unlike previous seasons, they won’t need to juggle the complexities of Ecological Focus Areas, crop diversification requirements and special controls on permanent pasture. The government has decided that despite their name, […]
22.07.2020

Health & Safety Update | July 2020

The quarterly Health & Safety Update is designed to assist you in ensuring that you are thinking about topical health and safety matters on your farm or estate. Health and safety is a vital part of any business operation. This update comments on the Health & Safety Executive’s annual workplace fatality figures and reminders employers […]
20.07.2020

Could woodland creation benefit your farm business?

Woodland creation is an increasingly attractive option to farmers and landowners considering ways to improve their business resilience and diversify income streams. In Scotland in particular there are several grants available to help, while the recent simplification in accessing expert advice for potential tree planting schemes will be an additional boost. The Farm Advisory Service […]
16.07.2020

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 13th July 2020

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. ECONOMY Summer Economic Update sets out three-phase approach for recovery – protection, jobs and rebuild The key announcements which affect the rural and property sectors are: Job Retention Bonus – a one-off payment of £1,000 for every furloughed employee who remains employed […]
16.07.2020

At-a-glance guide to new legislation affecting farms and estates

With the legislation affecting landowners changing more rapidly than it has in decades, Strutt & Parker pinpoints the key policy changes currently in the pipeline affecting all aspects of estate management. FARMING ENGLAND The Agriculture Bill outlines how direct payments (Basic Payments) will be phased out between 2021 and 2028. In 2021, farmers face a […]
15.07.2020

English Farmland Market Review: Summer 2020

HISTORICALLY LOW LAND VOLUMES CONTRIBUTE TO FURTHER POLARISATION OF PRICES The market data for the first half of 2020 throws up some interesting trends and also poses some interesting questions. As we started the year, the consensus was that it was going to be one of the busiest for some time, with the market sentiment […]
14.07.2020

New funds on offer for green improvements to homes

Homeowners and landlords will be able to benefit from new financial incentives to make energy efficiency improvements to homes. A £2 billion Green Homes Grant scheme will be introduced in September offering property owners and landlords in England vouchers to pay for green improvements such as loft, wall and floor insulation. It follows a previous announcement […]
09.07.2020

Future Strategies for the Rural Estate

With lockdown measures gradually easing, Strutt & Parker considers some of the potential secondary impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and explores where the opportunities and risks might be for rural estates. “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable […]
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Our Specialisms

Managing Estates & Land

Strutt & Parker’s national land management team provides strategic business advice and practical management services to clients including private estates, local authorities, charities, institutional investors and utility companies. The priority of our team of experienced rural surveyors is to ensure that each client’s land and property is managed to meet the objectives that matter most to them.

We have a proven track record in supporting landowners to make the most of their rural assets, to fulfil both business and personal objectives. Our input will be tailored according to an individual’s requirements. It can range from strategic business advice, compulsory purchase orders, renewable energy and long-term tax planning, through to hands-on management of the whole estate, handling all the day-to-day decision making.  

Farming

Our experienced and knowledgeable farming team can help make you become more profitable and efficient by offering practical and realistic farm management advice. We have a proven track record of working with the most progressive farmers and landowners.

Our people, who are based in 13 offices around the country, have the experience and local knowledge to help you grow your business including; agronomy, livestock management as well as assisting in solving bigger strategic issues such as succession planning or a change in business structure. Nearly half of our experts are BASIS and FACTS qualified, delivering independent crop management advice across more than 50,000ha.

Forestry & Woodland

John Clegg & Co is the specialist forestry & woodland division of Strutt & Parker. Our specialist forestry and woodland management team advise on everything from large-scale commercial conifer forests through to small-scale mixed amenity woodland blocks. We are able to advise on everything from planting and management of woodlands on estates, to improving timber quality, through to felling and the processing of timber ready for sale.

We can also help secure grant funding for the creation and sustainable management of woodland as well as guide landowners on how to manage their commercial woodland to ensure that they qualify for capital gains and inheritance tax exemptions.

Viticulture

Strutt & Parker’s viticulture group are the market leaders in identifying and securing land suitable for vines through purchases or rental agreements, using our specialist vineyard mapping software. We have helped buy land for several clients including Champagne Taittinger, Champagne Pommery, Chapel Down and Nyetimber.

We also have specialist planning, development and hospitality teams that can help clients secure planning permission for and build wineries and visitor centres.

Client Accounting & Taxation

Our land & property accounting and bookkeeping department works closely with our taxation team, who uniquely combine rural and agricultural tax specialists with both considerable HM Revenue & Customs and private practice experience.

The departments offer a bespoke service in accounting and taxation to include, final accounts, VAT, payroll, bookkeeping and tax compliance, based on decades of working in the rural sector.

Managing Rural Housing

Our services are tailored to each client and range from advising on the regulations affecting residential tenancies, through to a full residential property management service.

Using research-led insights, we are able to effectively find the right tenants for your property, as well as preparing tenancy agreements, arrange inventories, collect rents and deal with tenancy renewals and ensuring that legislative requirements are met, such as checking gas boilers and smoke alarms.

Rural Connectivity

Strutt & Parker’s unrivalled telecoms group acts for landowners only and never for telecommunications operators. With dedicated local specialists, we act for a range of corporate clients, local authorities and government departments as well as for private individuals owning a single site.

We oversee new lettings and lease renewals, negotiate rent reviews, advise on-site shares and deal with site upgrade requests. We also deal with assignments and network convergence between operators looking to share antenna systems.

Our work covers rooftop installations as well as greenfield sites. Wayleaves for cabling (including fibre optics) and access agreements form an ever-growing part of our work. We also market and manage individual radio mast sites, as well as extensive portfolios of mobile phone masts.

The team regularly conduct Expert Witness work for court and arbitration purposes, where their wealth of experience can carry substantial weight on behalf of clients.

Estates & Farms Agency

Strutt & Parker have been at the forefront of the estates and farms market for over 130 years. We have over 25 specialist local agents located across England and Scotland. All of our agents are experienced and offer a combination of detailed local knowledge of farmland values as well as a national perspective and extensive global connections through our network of 60 UK offices and our affiliation with Christie’s International Real Estate.

Estates Development & Planning

The Planning Team work alongside landowners, institutional clients and the development industry to unlock the planning potential of land and buildings throughout the United Kingdom.

We excel at providing planning advice with a twist of local political knowledge. We have a growing team of experienced planners with practical project management skills to resolve the ever more challenging and complicated planning system.

Our planners work in close partnership with our development teams, who regularly advise landowners on their estate planning including; planning applications, promotion agreements and joint ventures. Their thorough knowledge of the market ensures that the development team are able to advise on the optimum solution for promoting our clients’ landholdings to achieve the best price on sale.

Future Trends

Keeping abreast of trends in markets and demographics is key to running successful rural businesses. Whether it is looking for diversification opportunities, investing in the latest technological advances such as vertical farming or considering environmental change and how rural businesses can contribute positively to society.  Our specialist team, called Rural Ambitions, helps businesses convert these trends into valuable knowledge to start or develop successful businesses. 

Research

Our in-house rural research team reviews the latest information and trends and produces briefing papers for clients and for our Rural team, so it is as up-to-date as possible.  It is led by Dr Jason Beedell, who is part of our team of 49 researchers which works across Europe on all major property markets.  We produce a series of rural market reports, on crop yields, returns from contract farming and the farmland markets in England and Scotland, as well as occasional papers.  The team also produces Land Business Update, a free fortnightly e-bulletin on the latest property news and issues. 

Environmental

Strutt and Parker’s land management advice is made with an eye firmly on the bigger picture and with a long-term perspective. A specialist research group has grown out of the need to provide clients with well-researched advice on environmental policy in the UK. The Environmental Production Group (EPG) looks at the way that government policy and public attitudes are changing and looks for ways that clients can be best prepared to take advantage of the opportunities that this presents.

Topics this research group covers include; sustainable farming practices, soil health, Countryside Stewardship (and other grants and subsidy schemes), the developing picture of the new Environmental Land Management System (ELMS), the Environment Bill, Biodiversity Net Gain (and other planning policy rules), natural capital accounting and carbon accounting.

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