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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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25.02.2021

Change in tax rules for employers providing living accommodation

Rural estates are reminded that the longstanding concession which allows accommodation to be provided to “representative occupiers” free from tax and National Insurance Contributions (NIC) will be withdrawn in April 2021. Historically, HMRC has allowed a non-statutory exemption for the provision of living accommodation to employees who qualified as representative occupiers. There have been three […]
23.02.2021

Electrical safety check deadline reminder

Landlords are reminded that they have only weeks left to comply with a new law requiring electrical installation safety tests to be carried out in private sector rented properties in England. The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations were introduced last summer, making it compulsory for an Electrical Installation Condition Report […]
19.02.2021

Strutt & Parker appointed as Crown Estate Scotland’s rural managing agent

Strutt & Parker is delighted to announce that it has been appointed as managing agent for Crown Estate Scotland’s rural property portfolio with effect from 1 April. Crown Estate Scotland recently put a range of property management contracts out for retender with a full public procurement exercise, receiving tenders in early September. These tenders were […]
19.02.2021

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 15th February

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. FARMING Latest on Environmental Land Management (ELM) tests and trials Defra has published its latest quarterly review of the early findings from the 60 tests and trials that it is funding to help design the new ELM. Many are still in their […]
18.02.2021

Solar farm offers need careful thought

Large-scale solar has been a principle go-to technology in the UK’s drive towards greener energy, and the demise of government subsidies has done little to dent the appetite among developers looking to secure new farmland sites. The solar energy generated is commonly supplied to an off taker, usually the local electricity grid operator via a […]
12.02.2021

Countryside Stewardship – key changes for 2022 agreements

The Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) is now open for applications for agreements with a 1 January 2022 start date. Strutt & Parker highlights the key changes that have been introduced this year, as part of Defra’s efforts to improve and simplify the scheme. CAPITAL GRANTS OFFER: The most significant change in the Countryside Stewardship Scheme […]
11.02.2021

Developing a tree risk strategy – advice for landowners

Many landowners have seen a massive rise in the number of people wanting to walk in the countryside as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown, so now is a good time for farms and estates to review their tree management strategy. The Health and Safety Executive reports that every year between five and six people […]
10.02.2021

Value of capital grants doubles as Countryside Stewardship reopens

Farmers in England can apply for a wider range of capital grants, including new grants to help improve air quality, through the latest round of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) which is now open for applications (9 February). The maximum level of funding available for the different groups of capital-only grants has also risen from […]
05.02.2021

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 1st February

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. LATEST FROM STRUTT & PARKER Farmland market holds firm after extraordinary 2020 A combination of low supply and sustained demand means that average prices remain firm. Indeed, the consistency of average prices in recent years is remarkable, with the average price of […]
02.02.2021

5 ways to generate income from carbon farming

The question of how to make carbon farming more financially viable for farmers and landowners has been puzzling policymakers for some time. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has recommended that to meet the net zero target, 22% of land needs to be released out of traditional agricultural production into long-term carbon sequestration – recognising […]
02.02.2021

Farm carbon audits: Why, what and how?

Legislative changes and the weight of public expectation are putting growing pressure on the farming sector to address its carbon footprint. Summer 2019 marked a milestone in global efforts to address the issue of climate change, when the UK government became the first major economy in the world to pass laws to end its contribution […]
02.02.2021

Q & A on carbon accounting for farms and estates

Jason Beedell, rural research director at Strutt & Parker, answers some common questions surrounding carbon accounting for farms and estates. Are you aware of any work underway nationally to ensure there is a consistency of approach in assessing what carbon is being emitted and sequestered? The methodology used by carbon calculators is now well-established and […]
02.02.2021

Practical ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions from farms

Reducing a farm or estate’s carbon footprint is a long-term process and, although it can feel somewhat overwhelming, there can be some quick wins. There is arguably a simple answer to the question of what individual farmers should do to start their journey towards reducing their carbon footprint: Focus on improving technical performance. Much of […]
01.02.2021

Scottish Farmland Market Review Spring 2021

It is hard to believe that at the beginning of 2020, we were living our lives as ‘normal’ with little concern for the Coronavirus murmurings emerging from China. The biggest issue on most people’s agenda was Brexit, which quickly took a backseat as Covid-19 reached our shores in late January. With 2020 being an extraordinary […]
29.01.2021

Scottish Farming Update February 2021

Welcome to this quarter’s Scottish Farming Update, which is produced by our Farming Research Group and reports on market and administrative issues that affect farmers’ business decisions and on which they may need to act. MARKET UPDATE Sources Arable crops: AHDB & FW. Prices are ex farm. Future prices are indicative bids from agricultural traders. […]
28.01.2021

2021 Agri-environment Climate Scheme grant scheme open

Grants are now available to enable farmers in Scotland to increase or upgrade their slurry storage capacity, convert to organic farming or support priority bird species. The 2021 round of Scotland’s Agri-environment Climate Scheme (AECS) opened for applications on 25 January and will close on 30 June. Funding options in the 2021 round are much […]
27.01.2021

English Farmland Market Review Winter 2020/21

Tight land supplies forecast to continue into 2021. 2020 was an extraordinary year and it looks as if this year could be much the same. Even without COVID-19, 2020 was always going to be a pretty momentous year for the farming industry, given the sector faced a new Agriculture Act and uncertainty over whether there […]
21.01.2021

English Farming and Covid-19 Update – January 2021

Welcome to this quarter’s Farming Update, which is produced by our Farming Research Group and reports on market and administrative issues that affect farmers’ business decisions and on which they may need to act. MARKET UPDATE Sources Arable crops: AHDB & FW. Prices are ex farm. Future prices are indicative bids from agricultural traders. Livestock: […]
19.01.2021

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 18th January

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. BREXIT UK-EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement signed The agreement means that from 1st January 2021 trade with the EU will continue without tariffs and quotas, which is very positive. The UK government said that it means businesses will be able to continue […]
12.01.2021

Green Home Grant Scheme – Q&A?

New scheme offering up to £5,000 per property opened 30th September and now extended to 31st March 2022. 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 energy efficiency […]
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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.

Energy

Strutt & Parker’s Energy Team is at the forefront of assisting clients to identify opportunities for development, investment and management of energy generating projects, alongside energy conservation and responding to energy efficiency legislation.

Our independent advice can guide you through all aspects of energy with the knowledge that we understand how it fits in with your wider property strategy. We provide services for all types of property and the energy sector. We have experience advising across the UK from the City of London to the Highlands of Scotland.

We also have specialist planning advisers, building surveying experts and agency teams to provide additional support for all your energy needs.

Rural Ambitions

Rural Ambitions provide entrepreneurial consultancy advice to family businesses in the rural community, to help traditional estates and farms develop into resilient and diverse businesses. Drawing on MBA and urban place making talent, we strive to create customer facing, innovative places in the rural landscape that anticipate changing trends in order that they remain relevant and engaging. 

Rural Placemaking is our unique proposition to the market. It is the understanding that we can be editors of the places we own. We can invite the businesses that inspire us and that share our values to become our trading partners. Placemaking is the reinterpretation of footpaths and cycle routes through woods and along river banks to create a natural, energetic footfall from one estate business to the next. In a world where what the market values is changing more rapidly than any of us can remember, placemaking is being alive to the opportunities and threats that this brings, and helping our clients adapt their businesses to thrive in these turbulent times. 

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 55 UK offices.

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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