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Thursday 20 November 2014: 9.30am – 12 noon

Junction 24 Livestock Market, Market Way, Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 6DF just off the M5 

Price: £25 CLA members; £35 non-members

Aimed particularly at professional advisers, this breakfast meeting will expand on the CLA’s recent publication “A Practical Guide to Share Farming” and discuss how the concept can be promoted in the South West.

The subject of some controversy following its launch at the Great Yorkshire Show, the CLA’s guide seeks to promote share farming as a farm business structure capable of responding to many of the challenges faced by UK agriculture.

The great benefit of this arrangement is that the parties bring different resources to the business in terms of assets, experience and abilities and so may be able to create something bigger and better than either could alone, but without being tied together in either a partnership or a tenancy, as well as possible tax advantages for the landowner.

Speakers will include:

CLA Director of Policy & Advice, Christopher Price
Jeremy Moody, CAAV
John Coyte, CLA member implementing the scheme

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Wednesday 12 November 2014: 1.30pm – 5.00pm

Frogmary Green Farm, West Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5DJ

Price: £20 CLA members - £35 non-members

Supported by Veale Wasbrough Vizards

Most family businesses - particularly agricultural and farming businesses – will eventually face the challenge of how to hand the enterprise on to the next generation. Although this can pose significant challenges for both the existing owners and for the 'next generation', failure to act early enough can lead to more difficult problems later.  Planning for the future can involve dealing with complex financial, legal and emotional issues.  Sometimes these are so daunting that they deter business owners from even making a start on planning for the future.  Experts will be on hand after the seminar if you would like to discuss any issue on a more confidential one-to-one basis.

Speakers will include:

•         Nick Smith, Partner
•         Steven McGuigan, Partner
•         Christine Green, Partner

This seminar will examine:

•         The challenges of planning for the future
•         Governance and communication in family businesses
•         Selling the family business
•         Appointing managers - should you keep it in the family?
•         How do you decide what is fair?  
•         How should you develop a family succession plan?

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Wednesday 26 November 2014: 9.30am - 1.00pm followed by tour

Owlpen Manor, near Uley, Gloucestershire (do not use postcode)

Price: £35 CLA member; £50 non-member

Supported by Charles Stanley, Monahans and Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions

Owlpen Manor the stunning home of CLA members Nicholas and Karin Mander will be the venue for this seminar and the day will include a two course sit down lunch and a tour of the house.

Speakers will include:

Representatives from the CLA and representatives from the supporting firms

The seminar will examine:

The latest ideas on minimising inheritance tax
Planning for succession – what to consider
Agricultural & Property Reliefs – an update
How to hedge the single farm payment
Tax efficient trading structures
Effective management of pensions and investments
Investing in fine art

Owlpen, in its magical Cotswold valley setting, has long been recognised as one of the most romantic places in England quoted in Fodor’s Great Britain Guide as ‘the most beautiful place in England’. The famous Tudor manor house (1450-1616) stands in an early formal garden of magnificent yews at the heart of the estate, steeped in 900 years of history. Arts and Crafts repairs were made by Norman Jewson in 1926, after Owlpen had become a sleeping beauty; uninhabited for over 80 years. The Old English formal gardens have stunning views and include a rare Stuart garden set out on seven hanging terraces, yew parlour tended for over 300 years and Jacobean summer house. We will tour 6 of the rooms in the house with our host Sir Nicholas Mander.

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Price: CLA Members £10.00; Non-members £20

The Basic Payment Scheme will replace the Single Payment Scheme on the 1 January 2015, less than six months away. Are you - and your business - ready?

Are you an active farmer?
Could you be at risk of losing your BPS through ‘artificiality’?
How ‘green is your farm?
What is an Ecological Focus Area and what does it really mean?
What counts as arable land?

These are just some of the questions our speakers will address, as well as providing practical advice on complying with the new rules and regulations.

Speakers will include:

CLA national advisers led by Christopher Price, Director of Policy and Advice
CLA local advisers from the CLA South West office
Speakers from supporting professional firms

The seminar will examine a range of issues including:

Claiming the Basic Payment
Double Funding
What ‘Greening’ means
Ecological Focus Areas (EFA’s)
Crop Diversification
Grassland farms
Cross compliance
Young Farmer Payment

These seminars will include a designated Q&A slot on the new legislation.

Tuesday 21 October 2014: 10.00am - 1.00pm

Tewkesbury Park Hotel, Lincoln Green Lane, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire GL20 7DN
Supported by Strutt & Parker

Tuesday 21 October 2014: 3.00pm – 6.00pm

Cumberwell Park Golf Club, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire BA15 2PQ
Supported by Strutt & Parker

Wednesday 22 October 2014: 10.00am – 1.00pm

The Shoot Room, Slepe Farm, Slepe, Nr Poole BH16 6HS
Supported by Strutt & Parker

Wednesday 22 October 2014: 3.00pm – 6.00pm

Frogmary Green Farm, West Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5DJ
Supported by Strutt & Parker

Thursday 23 October 2014: 10.00am – 1.00pm

The Devon Hotel, Matford, Exeter, Devon EX2 8XU
Supported by Smiths Gore

Thursday 23 October 2014: 3.00pm – 6.00pm

Alverton Manor Hotel, Tregolls Road, Truro, Cornwall TR1 1XQ
Supported by Smiths Gore

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Thursday 16 October 2014: 5.15pm – 7.30pm for drinks & canap├ęs

Blackbrook Gate, Blackbrook Park Ave, Taunton TA1 2PG

Price: £10

At this informal legal update, which will provide you with in depth information regarding impending topics affecting anyone in the agriculture & rural sector, we will be joined by Jeremy Browne MP. Jeremy will speak on relevant topics and will be taking questions.

This event is designed to equip you with the knowledge to implement changes needed to protect your family, farm and business, and to facilitate discussion within the room on topics of concern.

The Clarke Willmott speakers may include:

Kate Gardner, Partner
Mark Buckerfield, Partner
Tim Hayden, Partner
Caroline Waller, Partner
Daniel Eames, Partner

The update will cover the following:

Family matters

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Tuesday 30 September 2014: 2.00pm to 5.30pm

The Arundell Arms Hotel, Fore St, Lifton, Devon PL16 0AA

Price: £22 CLA Member; £37 non-member

Supported by: Acorus Rural Property Services Ltd and Moore Scarrott 

CLA members have long complained about the complexity and disproportionality of the planning system when applied to small-scale rural development proposals. The CLA has therefore been lobbying for many years for increased use of permitted development rights. 

This seminar will cover the permitted development rights that relate to barn conversions, including the exciting new regulations enabling the change the use of certain agricultural barns to dwellings.

Speakers will include:

CLA’s Head of Planning; Fenella Collins
James Whilding, Partner Acorus Rural Property Services Ltd
Mike Bamforth, Director MCIOB, Acorus Rural Property Services Ltd
Simon Tapp, Associate Moore Scarrott Chartered Accountants

The seminar will look at a range of issues including:

change the use of farm buildings to residential use 
change of use of agricultural buildings to a range of commercial uses 
change of use of offices to residential
development rights for agricultural buildings 
development rights for the temporary uses of farm buildings 

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Thursday 18 September 2014: 2pm – 4.30pm approx

The Heights Hotel, Isle of Portland, Dorset DT5 2EN

Price: £10

Perryfields is a 72 unit housing development in Portland, Dorset built by Lomand Homes. The development features an integrated mix of private ownership, affordable and 22 units of social housing.

Lomand Homes wanted the Perryfields development to incorporate highly energy efficient homes with low occupancy costs and the house design is based upon Passivhaus Principles with an emphasis upon low energy use. The properties were designed to make the most of insulation, low energy lighting, heat recovery and recirculation. Biomass district heating was specified to also give the development energy efficient heating.

District Heating Package – CLA members Treco supplied and installed three 100kW Guntamatic Powerchip biomass boilers, commissioned to burn wood pellets. Each boiler supplies a network of houses and apartments via a large district heating scheme.

As well as delivering fuel cost savings of 20-40% with wood pellets and 50-80% with wood chips, Perryfields is now accredited into the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). Longer term, control of the district heating system will be passed on to a tenant and owner, community-led company, giving long-term low cost of occupancy.

Rod Pope, Lomand Homes Project & Cost Consultant will give a presentation covering the design and construction principles and we will hear from David Knox, Treco’s Marketing Manager about the Biomass District Heating System. Following the presentations we will tour the site.

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