Rural analysts and activists take note. Defra has updated its rural proofing guidance this week. This will be a key reference for anybody interested in the development and impact of policies which affect rural areas. Why? Because policy measures are meant to have been 'rural proofed'. So the criteria for rural proofing are important because … Continue reading Rural Proofing: a key reference for rural activists and analysts
This year's edition of Concise Rural Taxation. Now available.
The Inheritance Tax changes will be the headline grabbing feature for many rural property owners. But is all what it seems? A few other budget points also need attention if you're interested in rural property and farming. Business-wise the decision to set the Annual Investment Allowance at £200,000 permanently from January 2016 is important, and … Continue reading Summer Budget 2015: Rural Points – More smoke and mirrors
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 … Continue reading Introducing ‘Blight’ – Planning Blight and Compulsory Purchase
The personal responsibility of an estate trustee far exceeds that of a company director, shareholder, limited liability partner or sole trader. This responsibility extends to settlors and beneficiaries, and many others besides. Many people rely on rural estates for their livelihood and homes. Estates are under wider public scrutiny on a scale never experienced before. … Continue reading Trustee Development Spring 2015
I have been writing a quarterly column for the Estates Gazette since 2013 called Rural View. This year's articles have covered Water, Forestry, Scotland and farming safety. If you'd like to catch up with any of the articles over the Christmas holiday, here they are: Farming Safety: EG Rural View Dec 14 H&S Scotland: Rural View Sep … Continue reading Estates Gazette Rural View: Christmas Reading
The Conversation asked me to write an appreciation of Owen Paterson's tenure as Secretary of State for the Environment. It was published last night under the title, Badgers may cheer Owen Paterson’s exit from Defra, but not everyone feels the same A white, middle-aged, country man who nevertheless forgot to take his wellies to a … Continue reading Defra: a challenging brief