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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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13.05.2021

MEES and EPC rules – three common questions answered

Three years after the introduction of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for new residential tenancies and one year since the legislation was extended for all existing residential tenancies, there remains confusion among landlords about how the regulations should be applied in different situations. On 1 April 2018, MEES introduced the requirement for residential landlords to […]
12.05.2021

Using a natural capital account to help strategic planning

Natural capital has been a topic of conversation in the rural sector for at least a decade, but to date the number of farms and estates actively engaged in measuring and monitoring their natural capital has been minimal. However, things are starting to change with many land managers conscious that they need a better understanding […]
10.05.2021

Peatland restoration fund opens in England

The Nature for Climate Peatland Grant Scheme (NCPGS) has been launched to provide landowners with new funding to restore peatlands in the uplands and lowlands of England. The restoration of degraded peatland has been identified as essential if the UK is to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in line with its net zero commitments. According […]
07.05.2021

Land Business Update Week Commencing 3rd May 2021

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. ECONOMY NICRE publishes its first ‘state of the art’ review The new National Innovation Centre for the Rural Economy or NICRE is planning to publish a range of reports that summarise and analyse the ‘state of the art’ on subjects affecting rural […]
05.05.2021

Countryside Stewardship mirror agreements – pros and cons

Farmers with an existing Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) agreement which is due to expire at the end of 2021 may have received a letter inviting them to apply for a new five-year ‘mirror’ agreement. Previously, Defra had been offering one-year extensions as CS agreements expired, as a way of keeping the land being managed environmentally […]
04.05.2021

The role of placemaking in estate and farm diversification

Harrods in Knightsbridge is an unlikely source of business inspiration for farm and estate owners when considering rural diversification projects Yet there are valuable lessons that can be learned from this famous, high-end retailer in terms of how placemaking can be used within a business and the benefits it can bring. Placemaking is relatively new in the […]
27.04.2021

BPS calculators helping farmers plan for future

Strutt & Parker’s farming department has had more than 200 external requests from farmers to run their details through our free Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) calculator over the past six months. The tool was primarily created to help clients understand how progressive cuts to Basic Payments will impact their businesses, but we can also help […]
26.04.2021

Onshore windfarms – repowering and new opportunities

Many of the windfarms which were constructed and commissioned in the early 2000s are now approaching the end of their planning consents and leases. As a result, there is increased interest from both existing operators and new developers about repowering existing sites (replacing older turbines to benefit from newer more efficient technologies) and, where suitable, […]
23.04.2021

Land Business Update 19th April 2021

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. FARMING Sign up for Farmer Time – the initiative that links farms to schools via digital channels This campaign, which has been very successful since it started in 2017, has already matched over 600 schools and farms, reaching nearly 16,000 children. As […]
22.04.2021

Forestry England launches land lease scheme for woodland

Forestry England has announced details of a new scheme which will involve it renting land from landowners on a long-term basis to use for large-scale woodland creation. The Forestry England Woodland Partnership is a new approach to increase tree planting in England to help the UK government meet its commitment to the Committee on Climate […]
21.04.2021

Accelerating Woodland Creation & Management Conference 2021

Strutt & Parker and John Clegg & Co are delighted to be headline sponsors for the Accelerating Woodland Creation & Management Conference 2021 on 26 and 27 May 2021. Woodland creation continues to rise up the agenda as all sectors strive for carbon net zero and the additional benefits tree planting offers, from growing the […]
20.04.2021

Green investment in farmland rises

The number of people looking to buy farmland so they can manage it to improve biodiversity or generate carbon credits is on the rise, according to Strutt & Parker’s latest English Estates & Farmland Market Review (Q1 2021) One of the most notable developments in the marketplace for land, farms and estates over recent months has […]
12.04.2021

Class MA permitted development rights

The government has introduced new permitted development rights to allow for the change of use from commercial, business use and service use (Class E) to residential use (Class C3), opening up new opportunities for farmers and landowners. It follows a shakeup of use classes in September 2020, when a new Class E definition was introduced […]
09.04.2021

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 5th April 2021

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. FARMING Reports published on a sustainable future for Scottish farming and food A number of groups, representing the different farming and land use sectors in Scotland, have published a series of reports on how they think they can adapt to and reduce […]
31.03.2021

Record sums invested in Scottish estates during 2020

A record high of £112m was invested in the purchase of Scottish estates in 2020, with prices being driven up by a rise in green investors and increased demand from residential and lifestyle buyers as a consequence of COVID-19. This compares to a total market value for 2019 of £67m, according to the latest edition […]
26.03.2021

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 22nd March 2021

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. FARMING Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot open for expressions of interest until 11th April (England only) The SFI, which is the first level of the new Environmental Land Management scheme, is now open for land managers to apply to be part of the […]
25.03.2021

Placemaking in the Rural Powerhouse

Rural economies have a vast amount to gain from embracing modern and flexible concepts of workplace. As in urban spaces, workspace is one of the key elements of rural placemaking and mixed-use environments, providing a rhythm of consumer which no other use creates – a predominantly captive daytime user who is loyal, regular and predictable. […]
19.03.2021

Preparing for changes in farm support in Scotland

The situation farmers in Scotland face is different to their counterparts in England, where the phasing out of direct support payments begins later this year. Although the UK has now officially stepped away from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), Scottish farmers are still waiting for details of what the future of agricultural support looks like […]
15.03.2021

How to prepare for selling your vineyard

Markets are constantly evolving and the viticulture sector is no different. There has been a discernible change in the type of enquiries we have received over the past six months. The transition has largely been from private individuals looking to find land suitable for vines, to wine distribution businesses and venture capitalists looking to buy […]
12.03.2021

Natural Environment Investment Readiness Fund

The Natural Environment Investment Readiness Fund (NEIRF), which is a new source of funding for environmental projects in England, was announced by Defra and the Environment Agency in February. The fund – which is available to charities, public bodies and companies or other businesses registered with HMRC – is open for applications up to 26 […]
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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.

Find out more about John Clegg & Co and the services they offer.

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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