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Permitted development for Modern Agricultural Buildings

Permitted Development provisions under Part 3, Class Q of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 have given rise to the opportunity of meeting housing demand in rural areas. So what qualifies as meeting the provisions of class Q? Buildings must have been in use for agriculture on 20 March 2013, or…
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Can a sign prevent a right of way

The most common way to prevent third parties acquiring prescription rights over your property, that is rights obtained by custom or continued use, is to put up a sign or notice. However, the question of the effectiveness of such signs, is subjective. For a right by prescription to occur in the first place it must…
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Wise up to Property Fraud

Property Fraud is a criminal offence which like many things, you believe will never happen to you. However, according to the office of national statistics, property fraud has made up the largest component of property offences recorded by the police. In March 2016 alone, it accounted for 21% of total property crime, for comparison in…
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Is Brexit an opportunity for Britain to reshape its farming?

Ever since the Corn Laws, governments have been telling farmers what to do. Membership of the EU is no exception. With the EU referendum result last June, could this be an opportunity to make a change in farming practices for the better? For example, nearly half of all hill-farmers’ income comes from EU CAP subsidies. …
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Cheltenham Ladies’ College Networking Dinner

On Friday 24th February, we attended the Cheltenham Ladies’ College Networking Dinner focussing on the Legal Profession. The event which took place in the Garden Common Room, allowed students to gain an insight into different areas of the legal profession with the aim of helping them to find out which area of the legal profession…
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We’ve moved!

We are pleased to announce that we have moved our specialist law firm business to a new location. From Monday 13th February, our offices will be situated at: 7 Imperial Square, Cheltenham, GL50 1QB Located in the centre of Cheltenham, our new premises are still easily accessible for clients and suppliers. It is also within…
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Avoid others claiming rights of way over your land

Land owners often approach us with concerns about third parties who claim they have obtained rights of way over private land because they have used the land for many years. Land owners very often do not know these rights even existed and ask us for help in preventing these situations from occurring. Such claims to…
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Country estate prosecuted after flanker blinded at shoot

With Boxing Day and the festive season being some of the busiest times of the year for shooting, the following case provides a timely reminder to comply with Health and Safety regulations. The case concerns a sporting and country estate that was sentenced for safety breaches after a worker suffered a life changing injury. The…
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Horses and the Planning System

Horses are an important part of the rural economy, but because they are generally not considered to be “agricultural” they often present headaches for planning purposes. Agriculture is currently defined in Section 336 (1) of The Town and Country Planning Act 1990, although the definition dates further back to the 1940’s. In terms of horses,…
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Farm Business Tenancy Transfer of Shares

When granting a farm business tenancy (FBT) to a company consider restricting the tenant company's ability to transfer shares in the company without the landlord's consent. Whilst unusual to grant a FBT to a company (usually the landowner wants to control the identity of the tenant and therefore grants the tenancy to a named individual),…
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