Valuation: Cross-roads or cul-de-sac?

This was the title of my presentation at the RICS Wales Rural Conference held on Tuesday 9 December 2014 in Llandrindod Wells.  Here are the slides. The contrast between the complexities of valuing woodland for taxation purposes and renewable energy installations is meant to indicate the broad sweep of the challenge facing the modern rural … Continue reading Valuation: Cross-roads or cul-de-sac?

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Woodland Complexities

The latest Rural Briefing from RICS addresses the challenging area of woodland taxation and valuation.  A lot can go wrong as the examples we presented at yesterday's South East Rural Update Conference demonstrated.  One wood worth £70,000 but potentially five different Inheritance Tax bills ranging from nil to £28,000.  Capital Gains Tax was little better … Continue reading Woodland Complexities

Spending Review 2013: Looking for agriculture, environment or rural? Don’t bother

Chancellor Osborne today set out his Spending Round for 2015-16.  Widely mislabelled as a Comprehensive Spending Review, the review only relates to one year - the year in which the next General Election will take place.  It doesn't offer much hope for the countryside, but there could be some interesting implications for rural property and … Continue reading Spending Review 2013: Looking for agriculture, environment or rural? Don’t bother

Valuation and Estate Management: Traditional and new: trees, energy and ecosystem services

Slides presented at the RICS Wales Rural Conference, Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells on 4 December 2012 Rural Jigsaw: conventional and unconventional valuations of amenity trees, renewable energy and new challenges for land agents from Charles Cowap

Farmers and Town and Country Planning

The interests of farmers and planners in each other were brought together on Friday 9 November 2012 at Harper Adams University College in Shropshire.  The conference was hosted by the National Farmers' Union and the Royal Town Planning Institute with the aim of enhanced mutual understanding. This 'storify' posting summarises the conference. 'Planning for Farming's … Continue reading Farmers and Town and Country Planning

How to value Windfarms and other Renewables Projects

NEW RICS INFORMATION PAPER As author of the new RICS Information Paper on Renewables Valuations I hope readers will appreciate this introduction and overview of the paper. RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) has published an Information Paper on the valuation of renewable energy installations. The paper concludes that: "The appraisal of renewable energy generation … Continue reading How to value Windfarms and other Renewables Projects

Two wind turbines, some pink feeted geese and a planning delay

The High Court has just handed down its decision in Hargreaves v SoS for Communities and Local Government.  The Cornwall Light and Power Company first applied for permission for two wind turbines on Eagland Hill, Lancashire near the Morecambe Bay Ramsar Site of international wetland importance in April 2008. The first application was refused so … Continue reading Two wind turbines, some pink feeted geese and a planning delay