Thursday, August 20, 2015

UK Planning System - Where We Are Now


Wednesday 25 November 2015: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Junction 24, Market Way, North Petherton, Somerset TA6 6DF
Prices: £30 CLA member; £35 non-member

Supported by: Savills/Smiths Gore, Albert Goodman & Ashfords

The UK planning system is constantly evolving.  Within the last five years, the government has introduced policies and legislation which have created both opportunities and challenges to sustainable development in rural communities.

The Localism Act 2011, which introduced neighbourhood plans, was followed in 2012 by the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) that consolidated over a thousand pages of previous planning policies to around fifty, whilst still maintaining a plan-led approach and continued protection of the Green Belt.

The CLA has played a major role in the development and implementation of the UK’s planning policy.  As well as successfully lobbying for change, the CLA also published the report, Tackling the Housing Crisis in England, in 2013.  This identified the lack of ability to bring land forward for development as a key factor behind historic, long-term housing undersupply in rural areas

With the recent publication of the Government’s Productivity Plan in 2015, local authorities will be under pressure to adopt local plans within applied time limits.  These will set the framework for land supply and housing need across the country.

This seminar will offer an update on current and future planning policy and legislation including the forthcoming Enterprise and Housing Bills, an overview of the work that the CLA are doing on your behalf and what opportunities there are to bring forward land for development in the countryside.

Speakers will include:

Ann Maidment, CLA Rural Surveyor
Steve Briggs, Savills incorporating Smiths Gore
Sam Kirkham, Albert Goodman
Gareth Pinwell, Ashfords
John Bosworth, Ashfords
Amy Jackson, Oxtale Specialist Communications

The seminar will examine:

The new planning regime – one year on
Neighbourhood planning – perspectives from communities and local authorities
CGT, IHT and Stamp Duty
Protecting Planning Potential and Realising Development Potential in the current framework
Legal issues to be faced in light of proposed development.
The promotion and consultation process

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Making the Big House Pay

Wednesday 28 October 2015: 9.45am – 4.30pm

Elmore Court, Elmore, Gloucestershire GL2 3NT
Prices: £35 CLA member; £45 non-member

Supported by: Savills incorporating Smiths Gore, Smith & Williamson  & Wilsons  

Whether it is art or animals, weddings or weekend guests – the question of how to make money from the Manor House has been testing inventive minds of landowners and their advisers for decades.

It has been three years since we covered this topic and things have moved on. This seminar will showcase the ideas, expertise, trials and tribulations of those who have secured the financial future of their family homes, complimented by professional advice on all practical aspects from planning to marketing.

Speakers will include:

Lord Carnarvon of Highclere Castle – the film location of Downton Abbey
Norman Hudson of the Historic Houses Association
Caroline Lowsley-Williams from Chavenage which is currently enjoying fame from the successful Poldark series
Simon Foster who has been responsible for marketing many successful enterprises including Eastnor Castle
Fiona Francombe who runs the Bottleyard Studios in Bristol
Professionals from Savills incorporating Smiths Gore, Wilsons and Smith & Williamson

The seminar will cover:

Before you start: finances, business plans, timeframes, structure, obstacles
Taxation, VAT, IHT & succession
How to compete effectively in today’s wedding market
Legal issues: contracts, employment
Film & photographic film locations
Protection the owner

The event is being held at Elmore Court, the home of CLA member Anselm Guise. Elmore featured in the TV programme Country House Rescue which has since been refurbished and improved making it a leading Gloucestershire venue for weddings and events. Anselm and his family live at Elmore Court and we will hear the secrets to running a successful and demanding business in your family home and his vision for creating something different.

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Farm Shops & Farm Produce Promotion

Wednesday 14 October 2015: 9am – 1pm followed by lunch
Hawksfield, A39, Wadebridge PL27 7LR
Price: £30 CLA member; £35 non-member

Supported by Acorus Rural Property Services Ltd and Foot Anstey LLP

This event will provide practical and professional advice about setting up a farm shop or adding value to an existing enterprise. 

Farm shops provide an excellent source of diversified income for many landowners. This seminar will provide detailed information for those wishing to set up a new enterprise or improve an existing facility. Advice will cater for those wishing to sell at the farm gate, and those who want to offer a top-notch farm shop & cafe experience. The event will be chaired by Andrew Williams CLA member and Board member of the Cornwall Agri- Food Council.

Speakers will include:

Michael Mack, The National Farmers’ Retail & Markets Association (FARMA)
John Sheaves, CEO of Taste of the West
James Whilding, Acorus Rural Property Services Ltd
Catherine Mead, Lynher Dairies
David Rodda, Rural Delivery Manager, Cornwall Development Company
Steve Halstead, Group Manager, Prevention, Protection, Road Safety
Fire & Community Safety Service
Tony Pepperell, Senior Environmental Health Officer, Cornwall Council
Foot Anstey LLP

The seminar will cover: 

Setting up and running a farm shop 
How to pitch your offer - marketing and social media
The planning system – what needs planning consent 
Not used to selling it yourself – how about collaborative marketing?
Adding value 
Food hygiene & public health 
Risk assessments & fire safety 
Product liability, allergen labelling & contractual considerations

Green Burial Sites

Monday 12 October 2015: 3.30pm – 5.30pm
All Cannings Village Hall, All Cannings, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 3PA
Price: £15 inc VAT

Supported by: SACRED STONES

A couple of years ago idle conversation in the shadow of Stonehenge – where CLA member Tim Daw stewards the stones – turned to how wonderful a Neolithic burial mound would be as a final resting place. In the following months Tim kept talking to people who had nowhere, that seemed fitting, for the cremated remains of their loved one; somewhere they wanted to return to and remember them.

So he decided to build a long barrow, a working one, where people could place the urns of their families or plan ahead for themselves. It was to be the first one to be constructed for about 5,000 years.

The 'Long Barrow at All Cannings' is a columbarium or place for cremated remains to be kept. It is built in the traditional style using natural, local materials, but made relevant for today in its internal layout. As a nod to ancient traditions it is aligned to the sunrise of the winter solstice when the sun will illuminate the internal stone passageway.

We will explore two areas of landowner diversification into natural burial provision in this seminar; a columbarium and natural burial grounds.

After our presentations we will visit the Long Barrow.

Speakers will include:
  • Rosie Inman-Cook from the Natural Death Centre
  • Toby Angel from Sacred Stones
  • This seminar will examine:
  • The realities and potential of diversification into natural burial provision
  • Requirements of operating a successful site, including planning
  • The implications of long term commitment
  • Defining the Sacred Stones opportunity, site and partner criteria
  • Design and build characteristics of a barrow & build time
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Friday, December 12, 2014


Wednesday 18 March 2015: 4.00pm – 7.30pm

Hauser & Wirth Somerset; Roth Bar & Grill, Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0NL

Prices: £25 CLA members; £30 CLA CLA Business & Professional Member; £42.50 non-members

Supported by: Smith & Williamson, Michelmores & Smiths Gore

We have a very special venue arranged to combat the somewhat technical nature of the seminar subjects! Hauser & Wirth Somerset is a pioneering world-class gallery and multi-purpose arts centre which has been crafted to a high specification from
Durslade Farm’s Grade II listed outbuildings; formerly a Piggery, Cow Sheds, Engine House, Machine House, Cart Shed and Threshing Barn and farmhouse. It features the Roth Bar &Grill and it is here we will finish the afternoon with a fabulous evening meal of locally sourced produce, much of it from Durslade Farm. There are numerous items of interest to see on site &; we will have an opportunity to view the gallery before the event begins.

Speakers will include:

·         Peter Skelly, Smith & Williamson
·         Philip Hodgkin, Smiths Gore
·         James Radcliffe, Michelmores

This seminar will examine:

·         Keys points from The Budget
·         Tax & succession planning –

o   The effect of different arrangements and uses of property
o   Strengthening your case for IHT reliefs
o   Planning for realisation of development value
o   Capital Gains
o   Use of different business structures

·         Practicalities of tax planning topics

o   Use of contract farming and grazing agreements
o   Issues taking land back in hand/dealing with the end of tenancy agreements
o   Diversification projects involving the next generation

·         Successful succession and protection of assets

o   Legal pitfalls to avoid
o   The use of wills, trusts & partnership/shareholder agreements
o   Lasting powers of attorney
o   Pre-nuptial agreements


Thursday 12 March 2015: 2.00pm – 6.00pm

The Monks Yard, Horton Cross Farm, Horton Cross, Illminster, Somerset TA19 9PT

Price: £25 CLA member; £30 CLA Business & Professional Member; £42.50 non-member

Supported by: Thrings

This event will provide practical and professional advice about managing camping, glamping and caravan sites.

Camping provides an excellent source of diversified income for many landowners. This seminar will provide detailed information for those wishing to set up a new site or improve their existing facilities. Advice will cater for those wishing to provide basic pitches and those who want to offer a top-notch glamping experience.

Speakers will include:

Alistair Handyside, CLA member, CLA Devon Committee and CLA tourism advocate for the South West
Damien Field, The Camping & Caravanning Club
Alex Madden, Thrings
Charlotte Sealy, CLA Regional Surveyor
John Unwin GIFireE, Business Safety Manager, Somerset Fire & Rescue Service      

The seminar will cover:

How to pitch your offer - marketing and social media
Camping sites and the Basic Payment Scheme
Planning consents and camping & caravan licenses
Adding value to the experience
Pricing, pets and public liability
Rating, responsibilities, rules and regulations

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Tuesday 17 February 2015: 2pm – 5pm

Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, Devon EX5 1DJ

Price: £25 CLA member; £30 CLA Business & Professional Member; £42.50 non-member

Supported by: Symonds & Sampson

The seminar provides a practical professional update for both members who have pylons, underground pipes, poles, and masts on their land and their professional advisers.
Do you know what powers utility companies have or have you ever wondered if you could move a pole? At harvest time do you worry about working around or under cables or poles with modern farm machinery? Do you know how to approach connecting a renewable project to the National Grid, or can your neighbour connect their renewable energy project to the grid by crossing your land. If so what compensation should you receive?

Speakers will include:

·         CLA’s Chief Surveyor Andrew Shirley
·         Steve Atwell, Western Power Distribution
·         Patrick Woodford, Symonds & Sampson

This seminar will look to answer these questions and examine:

·         Moving Apparatus
·         Working near power lines
·         Wayleaves and Easements
·         The Electronic Communication Code Update
·         Utility Companies’ Powers in relation to Land