Valuation Revision Tutorial for probationer agricultural valuers

2 July, 2015

Here are some slides I used in support of a very short valuation update for probationer members of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers at their examination tutorial held on 2 July 2015 in Aberystwyth

Strategy and the land manager

18 June, 2015

These slides provide an update on the survey I have been undertaking for my RAU 100 Club/RICS (Royal Agricultural University/Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Fellowship on the topic of strategy in rural estate management. The 151 respondents to date have been involved in the management of at least 1.973 million acres in the last year, and potentially up to 4 million acres. It’s therefore probably reasonable to claim a mid figure of 3 million acres, or at least 1 million hectares. Analysis continues but there are already some very interesting results.

Rural Valuation Update

9 June, 2015

Earlier this evening I met a group of valuers at Ludlow Livestock Market for a rural valuation update under the auspices of the RICS West Midlands CPD Foundation.  Here are the slides we discussed:

Estate Management Strategy: a survey

5 June, 2015

Please can I invite readers to complete a short survey for me, particularly if you are involved in land or estate management on any scale.

There are seven questions, and it should take no more than a few minutes to complete.  This link will take you to the survey:

The results of the survey will be published in my report for the RICS/RAU 100 Club Fellowship (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors/Royal Agricultural University).  They should be useful to estate managers in extending our understanding of the role of strategic planning on the rural estate, and helpful to students and course designers.

If you would like to receive a summary of the results there is an option to provide your contact details but other than this individual responses will be confidential.

Thank you in advance for your assistance and input.  The preliminary results will be available at the National Rural Conference at the RAU on Thursday 18 June.  Booking details here:

Introducing ‘Blight’ – Planning Blight and Compulsory Purchase

28 April, 2015

I have made four presentations on the topic of planning blight and compulsory purchase.  These are primarily for the land management students at Harper Adams University, but they may be of interest to a wider audience.  The first video describes statutory blight, and deals with the types of owner and property which qualify for blight protection under the Planning Acts.  The second video deals with the procedures for the successful service of a blight notice up to and including a reference to the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber).  Video Three addresses the specific and special requirements for blight notices on farmland and the final video in the series reviews discretionary blight, while also picking up some of the advance purchase and compensation schemes which have been initiated by HS2.

Happy Viewing!

Is your mobile phone ready for an emergency? 999=112

10 April, 2015

We are all familiar with ‘999’ as the emergency number in the UK.  112 does the same job and works in other parts of the world as well.

The video below is full of helpful information about how to make the most of a mobile ‘phone in areas where the signal is weak or virtually non-existent.  Key points:

  • 112 or 999 will try to get through on any available carrier, not just your own service;
  • You can normally make a 112 or 999 call from a locked mobile ‘phone.  So even if your own ‘phone is out of action you should be able to use a colleague’s or passer-by’s phone without knowing their security code.
  • Finally a text might be able to get through when the signal is not strong enough to make a call.  But for this to work you need to register your phone first.  This is easily done by:
  1. Text the word ‘register’ to 112 (or 999)
  2. Wait for a reply which tells you to text the word ‘yes’ to 999

You then receive a text to acknowledge your registration and that’s it!  Once registered you can text details of an emergency to 112 or 999.  The text needs to say which service is required, describe the emergency briefly and give as precise details as possible of the location – including any local landmarks which might help.  A ‘phone call will always be better, but if a call can’t get through a simple text could prove to be a life-saver in a remote rural location.

More details about Registration at this link to the emergency SMS website.

This video by Lyle Brotherton contains some very helpful advice about how to use a mobile ‘phone to best advantage in a remote emergency.  It’s worth adding that there are a few apps which can also be used to give your location on a smartphone, like OS Locate which will give your six-figure (100 metre) grid reference.

Business tools for the rural estate: long and medium term planning

7 April, 2015

What business tools or techniques do we use on rural estates?  Does it all boil down to annual budgeting, assessing performance against projections, capital project planning, the occasional tax review?  Or is there more to it than that?  Strategic environmental analysis perhaps?  Simple SWOT analyses?  Sophisticated investment appraisal using DCF?  Stakeholder analysis?  Cost benefit analysis?  Multi-criteria decision analysis?

Over the next few months I will be researching this question for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors/Royal Agricultural University 100 Club Fellowship.  Please help me by nominating your preferred strategic management tools for the rural estate.  A survey will also be launched soon.  The results are due to be presented at this year’s RICS Rural Conference, Land – delivering on all fronts on 18 June 2015.

So  please do help us to get off to a good start by sharing your experience of planning, marketing and decision-making techniques and tools on the rural estate through the comments box below – or if you would rather do so privately please use the ‘contact’ tab to send me a message.  I look forward to hearing from you.


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