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Howkins & Harrison The View is published by TBC Publishing Limited, Telephone: 01763 810042. ©TBC Publishing 2021. All rights reserved. Reproduction is forbidden except by express permission of the Publishers. The content of this magazine is believed to be correct but its accuracy is not guaranteed and it does not form part of any o昀er or contract. TBC Publishing Limited cannot accept responsibility for any omissions or errors.

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Welcome from Robert Eyton-Jones, Managing Partner

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Meet the Rural & Professional Team

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Rural Services Overview

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What our team learnt during the pandemic

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The Residential Sales Market

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A selection of Residential properties for sale

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Individual development plots & self-build sites

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20 - 21 Case Study: Barns of Distinction 22 - 26 Rural Property, Land & Development Land 28 - 29 Farm Sales, Livestock & Machinery Auctions 30 - 31 Spotlight On: High昀elds Farm 32

Negotiating with The Valuation O ce Agency

34 - 35 HS2 36 - 37 A View of the Capital’s Property Market

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38 - 41 Commercial Property for Sale & Rent Supporting Landlords

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43 - 45 Residential Property Lettings 46 - 47 H&H Equestrian 48 - 49 The Gift of Life, Kirsty Smith’s Story 50 - 51 Precision Planning 52

Promotion Agreements: Reward Without Risk

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Development Option Agreements

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54 - 55 Winter preparations for our dual-career Surveyor 57

New Homes Sales

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Agricultural Rents, Storm Clouds & Mystic Meg

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Life as a Graduate

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60 - 63 A selection of recently SOLD rural property, land & development land 66

O ce contact details

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Welcome

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hen I sat down to write the introduction to this year’s View magazine, beginning with a review of the message penned this time last year, this most unusual and unpredictable year of memories and moments 昀ashed through my mind’s eye. Who could ever have predicted, just 12 months on from the last time we printed our annual overview, that our entire landscape would have changed so dramatically?

This year has forced us into new ways of working and new means of communication, and has challenged even the very strongest of our team members who are so used to spending every working hour in a hive of activity and human interaction. The world-wide lockdown has caused a global economic downturn, one for which we are yet to see the true and lasting e昀ects, yet our residential sales division, our lettings teams, our commercial property department and our rural teams trade strongly and are breaking records month on month. We have no way of predicting how long the housing market will stay buoyant, but with global working practices changing and homebuyer’s priorities re昀ecting that, a move to the country to 昀nd space and fresh air, a home o ce and a slower pace of life are keeping our corner of the market moving swiftly. The appetite for well placed, sensibly priced property, land, commercial space, development plots, farms and equestrian facilities remains strong. As does our determination to do the very best for our clients.

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The old adage goes that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. The UK and in fact the world has proven that saying wrong in 2020 as we have learnt to run productive and e昀ective meetings virtually, to 昀nd safe ways of working and sharing physical space whist social distancing and becoming expert quizzers whilst keeping 昀t to the dulcet tones of Joe Wicks! As we celebrate the work completed by the Howkins & Harrison team in 2020, we look forward to new beginnings in 2021 and hope that in the not too distant future we can, once again, come together to celebrate, even to shake hands. But for now, know that we are here, supporting our community, providing advice to farmers, landowners, property owners and developers – even if that is at the opposite end of a Zoom call. We hope that this edition of The View 昀nds you and your families well and that you enjoy reading the articles and anecdotes within its (perhaps virtual) pages.

Rob Eyton-Jones Managing Partner

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Meet the Rural & Professional Team ASHBY DE LA ZOUCH

Old Cottage Hospital, Leicester Road, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire LE65 1DB

Ian Large

Peter Bennett

Michael Fallowell

Paul Lees

Anna Meynell

Tori Whinder

BA (Hons) MSc MRICS FAAV Partner

BSc FRICS FAAV Partner

FRICS FAAV MEWI Founding Senior Consultant

BSc (Hons) FAAV Senior Surveyor

BSc (Hons) FAAV Surveyor

BSc (Hons) PgD MRICS Senior Surveyor

AT H E R S TO N E

TOWCESTER

5 Market Street, Atherstone, Warwickshire CV9 1ET

98A Watling Street, Towcester, Northamptonshire NN12 6BT

James Collier

Philippa Dewes

Jennifer Whitton

Simon Harris

Andrew Pinny

Tayla Harding

BSc (Hons) MRICS FAAV Partner

BSc (Hons) Surveyor

BSc (Hons) MRICS FAAV Senior Surveyor

FRICS FAAV Surveyor

BSc (Hons) MRICS Senior Surveyor

BSc (Hons) MSc Surveyor

COMMERCIAL

RUGBY

7-11 Albert Street, Rugby, Warwickshire CV21 2RX

Tim Howard

Je昀 Paybody

Jeremy Watson

Henry Martin

Helen Frampton

David Grove

BSc (Hons) MRICS FAAV Partner

BSc (Hons) MRICS FAAV Partner

FRICS FAAV Farm & Rural Consultant

BSc (Hons) Surveyor

MRICS FAAV Senior Surveyor

BSc (Hons) MRICS Commercial Manager

FARM SALES

Jenny Hannah

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Gilly Wrathall

PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT 7-11 Albert Street, Rugby, Warwickshire CV21 2RX

John Hall

John Clarke

Matt Taylor

Nigel Brotherton

BSc (Est Man), FRICS, FAAV Senior Partner

BA (Hons) MA MRTPI Senior Planner

BA (Hons) DipTP MRTPI Senior Planner

BA (Hons) MSc MRICS FAAV Planning Consultant

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Rural services We can advise on all aspects of your property whether it be a 2 acre paddock, a 500 acre estate, land with development potential or a commercial property. Here are just a few of the different services which we offer.

ENERGY

PLA N N IN G

Renewable Energy continues to be a growth market. We act for numerous land owners with regard to solar and wind energy. We can help with planning permission applications, gaining 昀nance, selling sites and letting sites.

Our team cover building applications for building plots, barn conversions, development sites, obtaining and removal of Agricultural Occupancy Conditions, new agricultural buildings and farm projects.

FARM PAYMENTS

ESTATE MANAGEMENT

We can o昀er a full range of expertise with regard to land based grant schemes. For example:

We manage a wide range of diverse properties and estates across the Midlands. This includes purchase, sale, rental, planning and land management.

Basic Farm Payment / Countryside Stewardship / Catchment Sensitive Farming / Cross Compliance / Woodland Grant Schemes / Transition to ELMS.

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FINANCE

OPTION & PROMOTION AGREEMENTS

We are agents for the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation and we work closely with a number of high street banks to 昀nd funding solutions for our clients.

From promoting a site via the Strategic Housing Availability Assessment to tendering and negotiating terms for promotion and option agreements and the subsequent sale of the site once planning has been granted.

CO MPE NSATIO N & CO MPUL SO RY PURCHASE

VAL UAT I O N S

On behalf of our clients, we negotiate entry and compensation matters for pipelines, wayleaves, highway schemes and HS2.

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We produce RICS ‘Red Book’ Valuations for a wide range of property types for all purposes, including: Loan security / Matrimonial / Purchase / Taxation / Compensation / Court / Probate

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NIKKI BAYLEY I found a running group between the lockdowns who were able to motivate me to tread the pavements and run more miles than I ever thought I could. Some of the same people then convinced me that if you run, you have to counter

TIM HOWARD balance that with yoga, so I started that up too. I’ve made great friends, feel 昀tter than I have in years and am looking to continue my newfound love of sport!

I am a keen cyclist and runner with a taste for the occasional triathlon but biking of the three disciplines is certainly my favourite. In lockdown – as well as building a new garden o ce, I found an old mountain bike exactly the same as the 昀rst one I’d

owned, bought it, then spent (quite) a few hours in the garage to renovate and bring it back to life … that was after the road bike that I found and had already done the same with!

Q&A What did I learn JULIA TRAPP

JEFF PAYBODY

When not at work, I am usually found on the netball court – either playing or coaching. When England Netball were forced to stop the sport being played altogether in the 昀rst lockdown, I had to go and 昀nd a team sport that I could continue to

My wife and children are fanatical about their horses and ponies! Over the 昀rst lockdown, my eldest daughter, Lottie, re-vamped a pony trap that had been in the family for generations, a traditional Governess Cart that her maternal Grandfather

had used for weddings, and taught her pony to pull it around the lanes near our house. Lottie slowly taught her pony to pull the trap, walking alongside, until she was con昀dent that the trap was safe, then started to drive from the seat.

play. Cricket managed to get going pretty quickly so I found a local women’s team, Bowden Pinks and joined in. They even let me play in their 20-20 昀xtures. I’m hooked! Of course, garden netball drills training has continued, too!

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TORI WHINDER Being forced to spend much more time than normal at home has lead to a couple of garden projects that I am really proud of. I’ve dug out and created a new border for a couple of fruit trees that were looking a bit lost, relocated a vine, which is now

JAMES COLLIER thriving and generally given the garden a spruce up. I’m looking forward to the fruits (hopefully) of our labour next summer!

With two young children at home, any spare time I had over lockdown was redirected to home schooling. Of course, those who know me well will know that I can turn an agricultural twist to most subjects, which led to numerous

re-productions of farm vehicles using the medium of Lego! Our 昀nest attempts are on show, here.

in lockdown? NICOLE ASHENDEN

HELEN FRAMPTON

I have started a candle business, making soy-wax candles in beautiful glassware. I’ve launched a shop on Facebook and a candle re昀lling service too, recycling old candle containers rather than sending them to be recycled or to land昀ll. I run ten seasonal scents which I’m changing every few months. The newest additions are Rhubarb & Rose and Rhubarb & Strawberry. They are both fabulous.

I love crafts and I’ve always got something on the go. I make lots of my own clothes, bags, curtains, you name it. Over lockdown, I bought and learnt to use a Cricut, which is a cutting machine that can cut several di昀erent materials for your craft projects like paper, vinyl, and cardstock. Some Cricut machines can even cut thin wood, leather, fabric and more. I’ve made lettering for clothing and a load of paper crafts.

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Residential Sales This year the housing market has been as unpredictable as the rest of our lives. From a strong start in the first couple of months of the year – with expectations high for a bumper sales year and most of us naïve to the meaning of ‘Covid’, ‘social distancing’ and ‘furlough’ - to a hard stop at the end of March. Then came 24 hours’ notice to reopen the industry in May, and from there it has been hard to find a single spot on any residential street from where no sale board is visible.

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ouse prices have beaten expectation month on month since May, with the housing market seemingly defying economic gravity through the autumn months. September saw house prices 7.3% higher than the same month last year, the strongest rate of growth since June 2016, and 1.6% higher than was seen at the end of what would have normally been the summer holiday months. In October, HMRC reported that the volume of residential property transactions on a seasonally adjusted basis had returned to normal levels – albeit with a lower volume of completions due to the lack of activity during lockdown and the lag e昀ect caused by the already slow conveyancing process south of the border.

Buyers had increased appetite for properties with gardens, in areas more rural than they would previously have considered, as attitudes towards commuting changed – perhaps forever. Those moving from London and its surrounding traditional commuting hotspots, began to look further a昀eld, prepared to undertake more expensive 60-90 minute commutes if this is just once or twice a week as opposed to daily. Space for the family and the dream of open countryside on the doorstep has drawn those from the south toward the Midlands, with their property pound stretching to a signi昀cantly higher square footage the further you go from the M25.

Mortgage approvals increased from August to September by 6.5%, the highest volume of approvals since September 2017 according to The Bank of England. This mirrored the volume of new properties coming to market which increased every month from June to October.

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GDP grew at record rates of more than 15% from July to September 2020 as national restrictions eased, although recovery slowed as the autumn months arrived, to a near halt and Lockdown mk. II came into force during what should been a bumper pre-Christmas sales period. The O ce for National Statistics has recorded an expanding economy during the 昀vemonth stretch to September, but all economic markers – except the housing market- decelerated in September, coincidentally as property sales volumes hit their peak. Although the macroeconomic landscape of the property sector remains uncertain – some warning of a double dip, others celebrating sustained growth- the market in our region is starting to lose a little of the frenetic pace we have become used to working within during the summer and autumn months of 2020. However, we continue to see a broad spectrum of property coming to the market. As ever, when prices are on the rise, value expectations must be controlled as property priced incorrectly will simply fall between the cracks and not gather the interest it

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should. We will always provide an honest and true valuation of property, never in昀ating worth in order to win an instruction – a fundamental value of our business ethos. Who knows what the next twelve months will bring? What will become of the stamp duty holiday? What of unemployment and recession? Will life return to normal and the toils of 2020 soon become a case study taught in schools rather than the daily grind faced by everyone? Perhaps most importantly, will we ever get to watch live sport again?! For our residential sales teams, our mantra will remain set. Exceptional service, complete peace of mind, through honest communication and good old-fashioned hard work. 2020 has forced us to engage new marketing techniques and strategies. Our online presence and use of video and electronic communication have grown exponentially and has developed our o昀ering for the good – and we hope, for the long term. But it is still good to talk and we look forward to getting back to shaking hands, face to face contact and old fashioned good service.

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Is it time to change your view? Our residential sales teams provide the best service for those looking to sell and move. residential.admin@howkinsandharrison.co.uk Hilmorton Road, Rugby

A beautiful detached five bedroom Regency/Georgian townhouse which has been fully modernised throughout to a very high specification and benefits from a fabulous 8.6m x 7.68m kitchen extension.

Guide price £1,295,000

• Bifold doors to rear extension with integrated solar blinds • Impressive rear kitchen extension, under昀oor heating and cellar • Landscaped front and rear garden

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Church Stowe

An imposing, individual, detached family home with fantastic, far-reaching views over its own paddock and far beyond, nearly 5,000 sq ft of accommodation including four reception rooms plus huge conservatory.

Guide price £1,200,000

• Imposing detached residence • Large ‘live-in’ kitchen & wine cellar • Double garage with room over

Towcester 01327 353575

Blisworth

Guide price £625,000

• Individual detached home An individual, substantial, detached family home, constructed • Spacious hallway & landing in 1995 and occupying an enviable position backing onto open fields, close to the Grand Union canal, plentiful driveway parking, • Under昀oor heating throughout detached double garage with loft room over & landscaped rear garden backing onto open farmland.

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Gayton

A spacious and substantial detached property with views over open countryside, versatile accommodation and extending to approximately 1700ft², with ample driveway parking.

Guide price £525,000

• No onward chain • Sitting room with inglenook • Enclosed garden

Towcester 01327 353575

Brandon

A beautifully presented 5/6 bed Georgian Farmhouse dating from c.1780. A wealth of original features, combined with contemporary living, set over three floors, on a generous plot, with delightful garden.

Guide price £950,000

• Bespoke Christopher Peters 昀tted kitchen with four oven Aga • Inglenook 昀replace with Piazzetta wood burner • Outbuilding with detailed planning permissions

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Barby, Rugby

A beautiful 18th Century, Grade II listed, Northamptonshire stone period property, boasting a wealth of original features and set on a generous plot with mature gardens, double garage and ample off-road parking.

Guide price £750,000

• Inglenook 昀replace and an original brick-built bread oven • Four / 昀ve bedrooms • Gated video entry system

Rugby 01788 564666

Kilby, Rugby An opportunity to acquire a three bedroom semi-detached, contemporary Q class barn conversion with an attached paddock of 2.9 acres, in a fabulous location with open views in all directions. Additional land is available subject to separate negotiation.

Guide price £599,000 • Contemporary bespoke grey shaker style kitchen • Two sets of bi-fold doors • Under昀oor heating to ground 昀oor

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Norton, Daventry

A unique opportunity to own a wing of this fabulous country residence dating back to 1867, originally built for the Craven family, who resided at Coombe Abbey, to use as a hunting lodge.

Guide price £375,000

• Three double bedrooms over two 昀oors • Sun room and patio to garden • Four acres of communal maintained grounds

Daventry 01327 316880

Watford, Northamptonshire

A spacious three bedroom property, formed as part of the development of a former public house and hotel, with established garden to the side and rear and double detached garage (with conversion potential) and off road parking.

Guide price £310,000

• Three bedroom semi detached property • Open plan lounge/diner with 昀replace • Requires updating

Daventry 01327 316880 14

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Meriden

A charming country residence, established formal gardens and paddocks, extending to 12.8 acres or thereabouts. Well-proportioned and versatile internal accommodation. Approached via a double, electrically operated, gated entrance and driveway & parking for several vehicles.

Guide price £1,100,000

• Flexible internal accommodation • Extensive gardens and ground, approx 12.8 acres in total • Five stables and barns

Atherstone 01827 718021

Osgathorpe

A substantial three bedroom detached bungalow having approx 5.87 acres with uninterrupted countryside views. Boasting excellent equestrian facilities including manège, stables, detached garage, formal gardens and parking for several vehicles.

Guide price £850,000

• Spacious lounge, dining room • Detached double garage • Potential to extend into the loft (subject to permission)

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Nuneaton

Guide price £795,000

• Character barn conversion Occupying an idyllic position backing onto open fields and • Entrance Hall, cloakroom WC countryside views, this four bedroom detached barn conversion • Study and sun lounge extends to over 2500 sq ft. with a long driveway ample parking, a triple detached garage and adjoining pasture land, site measures 8.99 acres.

Atherstone 01827 718021

Packington

Guide price £1,300,000

• Holme Tree 昀tted kitchen/breakfast room & utility A unique and well appointed Grade ll listed period Queen Anne residence. Standing within established private landscaped gardens • Established private gardens & grounds • Edge of village location approaching 3/4 acre plot, on the fringe of this popular North West Leicestershire village approximately one mile from the market town of Ashby de la Zouch.

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Packington

Guide price £900,000

A unique architect designed oak timber frame and clad detached • Traditional character and luxury 昀ttings throughout • Part vaulted ceilings and open framework family home with gardens and grounds extending to approx 1.4 • Principal suite with gable wall glass views acres & open paddocks to the rear. This exceptional eco friendly home extends to over 2500 sq ft of useable living space including a magnificent 1050 sq ft open plan living, dining kitchen. Ashby de la Zouch 01530 410930

Smisby

Grade ll listed character former farmhouse ideal for commuting, with many original features and arranged over three floors, an associated annexe, ample parking and village views.

Guide price £845,000

• Generous established mature gardens • Separate annexe/home o ce • Garage and parking

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Individual Plots and Self-Build Sites

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f 2020 changed one paradigm, across the nation, it was to show greater appreciation of outdoor space. The e昀ect of the changes to the ways of working of almost every o ce worker in the country means that a new timetable that does not have to include the daily commute into an awkwardly located o ce is now the norm for so many. Reducing the carbon footprint of commuters, reducing and add comma time, eradicating hours sat in motorway carparks, all adds up to a more e昀ective working day. The positive knock on e昀ect on work-life balance, including being around at the start and end of the day to engage in family time and not missing another package delivery (!) are all signi昀cant bonuses. Home working, however, does come with its challenges. With little notice, structure or preparation, many families were thrown into sharing a kitchen table and inadequate wi-昀 for home schooling, Zoom calls and feeding the hungry hordes, whilst trying to navigate their businesses through the economic deepfreeze of Lockdown 1.0. The response? Ikea sold out of o ce chairs and desks. Builders available to complete garden-o ce structures became booked up until sometime in the next decade and the housing market went CRAZY! We all needed more space. Or di昀erent space. Or simply a change of scene. So, what’s the alternative to trawling Rightmove and the monotonous emailed property alerts that tick one of your boxes but cross another three? Find a space in the right location (or in your garden) and build what you want – your way! Pre-2020, property was often subject to the ‘pint of milk’ test – can I walk from my front door to pick up the store cupboard essentials. Now, it is the ‘blade of grass’ test, as outdoor space usurps the desire for a village shop. However, building an o ce space in the garden, converting an existing outbuilding, or even creating a brand new home in a rural location is gaining popularity. This can come at a price, however. A development plot with permission for a bespoke timber framed four-bedroom detached

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property of around 3,300 square feet, with a garage and workshop on the edge of a popular Midlands village sold in the summer months of 2020 for £417,500. Despite the desire for open space, plots within walking distance of village amenities command a premium. As does the ability for children to play, cycle, and walk from home to school safely. However, as the provision of online shopping and the widening sphere of supermarket delivery services continues to increase, a rural location feels less isolated as it previously may have done. The desire to buy a plot of land and self-build a property remains high. As the planning reform policy rumbles its way through consultation, applications for conversion of farm buildings under Class Q and for full planning permission continue to increase, whilst landowners with plots for single dwellings are generally not short of o昀ers when listed for sale.

If you have a disused barn, some land or even space in a significant garden, it is worth a call to discuss your options. Looking for a plot for a self-build property? Let us know what is on your list of ‘must-haves’ and we will keep a look out for you. TheView



Case Study: Barns of Distinction The Howkins & Harrison planning team were delighted to work on a project to gain planning permission to convert a group of agricultural barns on the outskirts of the delightful village of Frankton, near Rugby, to residential dwellings. Wallace McCurdie and his family have been clients of the firm since the team helped to acquire the farm for them, as sitting tenants, from his then landlords.

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ur planning team sought change of use permissions on a range of modern and traditional farm buildings, gaining planning consent for conversion to residential use. The contemporary designs, developed with the architects, provide the opportunity for stunning dwellings, sympathetic with the landscape and existing farm buildings.

The process to gain planning permission and sell the land on behalf of the McCurdie family took a two-stage approach. Initially, Class Q approval (under the General Permitted Development Order) for the conversion of a mixture of more modern and some traditional agricultural buildings to 昀ve dwellings within the existing 昀oorspace was sought. Once this ‘fall back’ position was granted, the planning team put forward proposals to secure planning permission for greater 昀oorspace for each of the 昀ve dwellings, whilst incorporating an additional traditional barn into the conversion scheme.

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Working together with a very helpful and positive thinking Council Planning Case O cer and an experienced and creative Architect, the planning team developed the scheme with a comprehensive approach to the site to allow for larger garden areas for the barn conversions, an overall soft and hard landscaping treatment and an agreeable car parking arrangement. Located in the Green Belt and open countryside, planning constraints were set at a high bar. However, the end result is a scheme which will improve the openness of the Green Belt in this location as well as enhancing the character and appearance of the site and surroundings through the sensitive conversion of both modern and traditional agricultural buildings. The conversion will ultimately provide approximately 960 square metres (10,000 square feet) of residential 昀oorspace. Not forgetting those small furry animals (although ‘newt-counting’,

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to quote Boris Johnson, was not necessary on this particular scheme!) a bat roost has to be provided in one of the barn conversions to support the protection and habitat of local wildlife. Within the scheme, the following conversions will take place: Barn one is a modern, steel portal frame barn with planning permission to convert into a two storey, detached, 昀ve bedroom property with 昀oor to ceiling windows on the front aspect. The frame is to be re-clad in dark metal cladding. Barn two is a traditional Dutch barn which will be converted using metal and wood cladding to create a two storey, four bedroom, detached dwelling. Barn three is a modern, steel portal frame building with a mixture of metal and timber cladding across two storeys of living space, creating a 昀ve bedroom property.

For barn four, the existing red brick barn is to be converted, with an extension in metal cladding and a new glass entrance hall created to join the original red brick building with the new metal clad extension, to create a two storey, three bedroom dwelling. Barn 昀ve will become a traditional red brick building across two 昀oors in an L-shape with a walled garden to the rear. We are delighted to report that the land with associated planning permission has been sold (subject to contract) and we look forward to the build of this fabulous scheme coming to life in the near future.

Our planning team and rural teams are able to assist at all points in the development land, planning and agency process. Please contact your local office to discuss requirements.

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Rural Property, Land & Development land Contact our rural agency team to arrange a valuation or discuss your needs. rural@howkinsandharrison.co.uk Frankton

A unique opportunity to acquire a range of five barns with full planning permission for conversion to residential dwellings on a generous sized plot.

Guide price £1,150,000

• Five barns for conversion • Private driveway with option for electric gates • Full planning permission

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Chipping Warden

A unique opportunity to acquire a site with full planning permission for the redevelopment of existing buildings, incorporating new build properties to create a community of eight semi detached dwellings.

Guide price £950,000

• Development Site for 8 semi-detached dwellings • Signi昀cantly sized plot of 0.88 acres • Popular village location near to village hall, pub and sports ground

Rugby 01788 564680

Alkerton, Banbury

A site with detailed planning permission for the conversion of three agricultural buildings to form three detached properties and the construction of one new build residential dwelling on a site extending to approximately 0.45 Hectares (1.11 Acres) or thereabouts.

Guide price £1,350,000

• Rural location & views of the surrounding countryside • Well connected to Midlands motorway network • Site of approximately 1.11 acres

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Astcote, Towcester

A superb opportunity to create a family home in a rural setting with far reaching views, conveniently located in mid-Northamptonshire comprising a farmhouse, traditional building with planning permission to convert to a separate dwelling all set in approximately 10 acres.

Guide price £995,000

• Five bedroom residential property suitable for modernisation • Traditional outbuildings with planning permission for conversion to 昀ve bedroom dwelling • Private tree lined drive

Towcester 01327 397979

Maids Moreton

A freehold residential development site with outline planning permission for twelve detached dwellings **No Affordable Housing**

Guide price £4,000,000

• Outline Planning consent • 12 detached units • £277,198 Council Contributions

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Godington

A block of productive arable land on the edge of the village of Godington, Oxfordshire. Extending in all to 241.64 Acres (97.79 Hectares) or thereabouts.

Guide price £2,350,000

• Ring-fenced, productive arable land • Direct highway access • Highly workable 昀elds

Towcester 01327 397979

Stowe Heights Farm

Guide price £1,250,000

• Five-bedroom stone house subject to an Agricultural Occupancy An outstanding detached stone house together with a range of Condition extending to approximately 3,789 sq.ft (352 sq.m) primarily modern farm buildings, conveniently situated in rolling south Northamptonshire countryside extending to approximately • Ring fenced level pasture land • Stock proof fencing throughout 29.81 acres (12.07 ha).

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Broadwell, Rugby

A compact residential mixed farm in a convenient rural location with a farm house & range of buildings suitable for conversion to alternative uses (subject to planning).

Guide price £2,100,000

• Four bedroom farm house • Farm Buildings • Productive arable and grass land

For sale as a whole or in two lots as a whole extending to approximately 128 acres (52 ha). Rugby 01788 564680

Clifton Campville

A rare opportunity to acquire an attractive period rural property – a Grade II listed Georgian farmhouse of approximately 5,000 sq. ft, with various extensive buildings, all set in 11.96 acres.

Guide price £1,600,000

• Two brick & tile two storey ranges (one converted to business use) • Further 16,000 sq. ft of predominantly steel and concrete framed livestock and general-purpose buildings • 9.37 acres (3.79 ha) of pasture land

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Livestock & Machinery Auctions This year has been exceptional in almost every facet of running Farm Sales. In the usually quiet time of the year during the first quarter when standing in a field full of sheep pens and tractor engine spares is unappealing even to the hardiest farmer, the team ran five sales in February and March. The wind and rain (and of course Storm Dennis) nearly took the trailer off to Oz – just as well Farm Sales Chief, Jenny, doesn’t wear sparkly red slippers, or we may never have seen her again, but we survived and in hindsight, it was great to see so many of you before the trailer shutters were slammed shut.

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e then ran a record twelve sales in the short period of lockdown-respite, from July to October, and enjoyed weather more suited to Goldilocks – not too hot and not too cold. On average, these sales included 700 individual lots and attracted the best part of 300 – 400 people. Understanding the processes and procedures to ensure we complied with government guidance was a challenge, but with NHS QR codes and a system adopted from the hospitality industry, we were able to satisfy all requirements. The Police and council o cials who visited the site on each occasion were extremely complimentary – for which we pass on our thanks to all visitors. Completing the forms online or by paper may have been frustrating, but it was a necessary step this year.

The Midshires produce auctions also saw excellent attendance and the vast majority of lots selling on each occasion. With the re-introduction of the December tier system, post Lockdown 2.0, the stalwart venue of Lutterworth Rugby Football Club required a re-think, but Onley Equestrian Centre served purpose well. We look forward to a return to the old ways in 2021 – Stuart with ice cream in hand, a hundred people huddled around the lollipop stick as the sale snakes its way through the rows of lots, visitors hugging and laughing over a bacon sandwich and of course – bargains to be discovered!

We thank you for your understanding of our altered 2020 calendar and look forward to welcoming you back for 2021. Mines a 99 with double flake and chocolate sauce.

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If you are considering a sale, or would like to discuss your options, please contact our farm sales team on 01788 564749. If you would like to be added to our email distribution list, please email your contact details to: dispersal.sales@howkinsandharrison.co.uk. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for notification of future sales by liking our page: Facebook.com/HowkinsandHarrison TheView


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Highfields Farm, Thorpe Constantine Highfields Farm is delightfully traditional farmhouse, full of character and history, situated approximately 2 miles south of the village of Clifton Campville in south Staffordshire and about 5 miles north of Tamworth. A perfect lifestyle property for those interested in cottage industry, looking to create a business from home such

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as for Air BnB or holiday lets, a rural office complex, or alternatively, those re-addressing priorities and looking for a rural retreat for a working-from-home base out of the capital or other major business centres. Above all else, Highfields Farm is a fantastic home with plenty of space to grow for a family who love the countryside.

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Formerly part of the Thorpe Constantine Estate, the farm has been in the current owners’ occupation for 30 years, 昀rstly as tenants of the Thorpe Estate and more recently as freehold owners. The farm has been home to a substantial herd of milking goats and the owners have produced high quality artisan goats’ cheese under the ‘Innes Cheese’ brand, marketed and sold through retailers such as Neal’s Yard Dairy in London. The farm is well positioned for Midlands centres, being approximately 5 miles from J11 of the M42 and 8 miles from J10, which intersects with the A5 trunk road for ease of travel east and west. The A38 is approximately 8 miles to the west and the cathedral city of Lich昀eld is approximately 12 miles. Tamworth has mainline rail services to both London Euston (from 70 minutes) and Birmingham New Street (20 minutes) The nearest airports are Birmingham International (20 miles) and East Midlands (22 miles). The farmhouse is Grade II Listed and dates from the early 1800’s, being built of brick under a slate roof. The accommodation is fabulously chic but o昀ers enormous scope for adding further value. The farmhouse layout gives well-proportioned rooms with double glazed sash windows to the ground 昀oor. The kitchen is large and spacious with a range of kitchen units, double Belfast sink, space for a range oven or Aga and access to a substantial cellar. A true entertaining space or heart of the home for a growing family. The entire top 昀oor has in the past been laid out as a separate 昀at with its own kitchen, bathroom, two double bedrooms and a large living area. The present layout o昀ers a superb space for a large family, being an excellent childrens/teenagers' play area. On its southern elevation, the farmhouse bene昀ts from a large garden, predominantly laid to lawn, with a brick paved seating area for outside dining and entertaining, plenty of mature fruit trees and a large vegetable patch. There is also a gateway from the garden through into one of the paddocks. In addition to the farmhouse, the property bene昀ts from two attractive brick and tile, two storey ranges which o昀er excellent scope for alternative uses. One of these has been used by the current owners to house their successful, award-winning goats cheese production. The ground 昀oor rooms are 昀tted out to comply with food preparation standards whilst the upper 昀oor o昀ers ample o ce and storage space. The second two storey range is currently unused but formerly housed the Thorpe Estate bakery. There is a range of further modern agricultural buildings, including a brick and tile open fronted livestock shed, a three bay Dutch barn, a single bay monopitch building, a sizable 昀ve bay (22.70m x 19.00m) steel portal frame livestock shed with 昀bre TheView

cement roof and cladding and raised central feed passage, a steel framed 5 bay lean-to (22.7 0m x 6.17m) housing former dairy and milking parlour, a 昀ve bay (22.7 0m x 10.50m) concrete portal framed livestock shed with 昀bre cement roof and cladding to one side, a 昀ve bay (22.7 0m x 11.5 0m) steel portal frame livestock building with a raised feed passage, 昀bre cement roof and part concrete block walls, an eight bay (36.6 0m x 11.05m) concrete portal frame general purpose building with concrete 昀oor, 昀bre cement roof and concrete block walls and 昀nally a disused brick and steel framed milking parlour. The paddock near the house has separate vehicle access to the drive and access through a timber 昀ve bar gate into the garden. There is also a smaller turnout paddock to the left of the drive, and a further pasture 昀eld of over 7 acres. The property is on a relatively quiet lane and there are a number of long rural bridleways in close proximity. To aid a sustainable lifestyle and to support environmentally friendly farming, the house and the cheese building are centrally heated by a Twin Heat 80KW wood chip boiler located in the brick and tile range to the rear of the house. The boiler is automatically fed from a steel free standing hopper to the rear of the boiler house. The house and the cheese room both have a separate hot water cylinders fed from the boiler, as does the milking parlour. The woodchip boiler bene昀ts from payments under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) of about £9,000 per annum. There are also payments under the Feed-in-Tari昀 (FIT) for 14kw of roof mounted solar panels. As well as being a delightfully traditional small holding, there is excellent potential for the conversion of the buildings to other uses, providing the correct permissions are sought, to include equestrian, residential, holiday let accommodation, rural o ces and storage. There is an overage from the original estate on any increase in value which we can discuss with interested parties.

Further information For further information and to discuss the opportunity of a virtual tour and viewing of this property, please call 01827 721380 and one of our team will get back to you as soon as possible. We are following strict government guidelines in terms of risk assessment, wearing PPE and social distancing when conducting viewings.

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Negotiating with the Valuation Office Agency

Ian Large BA (Hons) MSc MRICS FAAV Partner

The VOA is a public body that provides the Government with the valuation and property advice that it needs to support its taxation and bene昀ts decisions. Most negotiations with the VOA on behalf of clients begin with a valuation for tax purposes. The vast majority of our valuations are accepted at face value by the VOA, although a limited few are challenged and these are the ones that lead to a discussion with the VOA to negotiate values on behalf of our clients. One such valuation, submitted in 2020, was for a deceased estate which included a large house with planning potential for

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When I am asked what it is that I do, I summarise my role as that of a negotiator. Negotiation is central to almost everything we do, whether that be the sale or purchase of a farm, agreement of compensation for compulsory purchase or discussing the market value of land or property with the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) for Inheritance Tax or CGT. My professional qualifications are that I am a Chartered Surveyor, a Registered Valuer, a professional member of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers and have undertaken a course to be an Expert Witness. My family would claim that I just like to argue. My preferred definition is negotiator!

around 20 houses, a block of land and commercial premises. We valued the portfolio at £2,000,000 and the valuation by the VOA in昀ated this price by 40% to £2.8 million. In taxation terms, the cost to our client would have been an increase of £320,000 in additional tax. We met with the VOA valuer on two separate occasions and engaged in numerous email and telephone exchanges through which we debated planning potential, condition, saleability and comparable evidence. The VOA valuer concluded that our original valuation was in fact a true representation of value and spared the client the additional tax bill. This work cost our client £2000 but saved them £320,000 in tax! TheView



HS2 We are now more than 10 years on from the first announcement about the new high speed rail line from London to the North, and as its detractors are very vocal in pointing out, ‘not a single mile of track has been laid!’

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James Collier BSc (Hons) MRICS FAAV Partner

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his commonly quoted phrase, whilst true, does ignore the fact that a huge amount of work has already been done in preparing the way for the real business of laying track, by moving power lines, oil and gas pipelines, building new roads etc, and also that building a brand new railway in a relatively small, congested, and environmentally aware country such as ours is not something that is ever going to have happened overnight. Comparisons with China (who have apparently laid 8000 – yes, thousand - miles of high speed line in six years) are often made, but almost all of the causes of cost and delay in this country are fairly insigni昀cant in China. Labour is plentiful and cheap there, there is very little in the way of private property rights and the environmental lobby hardly get a look in. Apart from the property rights, it is in fact pretty comparable to the Victorian railway boom in this country!

Whether it will all be worth it after the huge cost and years of delay is a moot point, but the events of this year have arguably made the economic case somewhat weaker, and I expect have worried those who are in charge of predicting passenger numbers. I am sure that for travellers who want to go from Birmingham or Manchester to London and live or work within about 20 minutes of an HS2 station (and whose company are paying the bill), the journey will be a revelation in speed and comfort compared to existing lines. But further away than about 20 minutes from a station the advantages of the increased speed start to be eroded by the longer journey to the station itself. The danger of HS2 is that there will be great pressure on government from the operators of the line to downgrade services from existing stations serving London in an e昀ort to drive passengers to the new service. I am sure that those looking to travel from Coventry or Warwick Parkway to London in future years will have less choice and a slower journey time than they do now.

The real mistake of the whole project to was to focus so heavily at the outset on speed. This country is simply not big enough for the extra speed to be of a signi昀cant enough bene昀t to be the main reason for building the line. After a few years, the focus on speed was replaced by a focus on the increased capacity, but by this stage unfortunately the route (designed almost entirely with speed as the main design consideration) had been set in stone. If capacity had been the aim from the outset, the route could have been designed to 昀t in much more sensitively to the landscape by following existing or former transport corridors. However, we are where we are, and there are no doubt going to be a good number of people employed by the contractors working for HS2, and those within HS2 itself, who are very glad that the decision was made to press on with the scheme back in January 2020. Who can blame them in these uncertain times for being glad to be in employment? The o cial budget for HS2 is now about £100bn, but as a client said to me recently, the channel tunnel’s original budget was £2.6bn and that eventually cost £9bn, so we should not be surprised to see that go up again. As a 昀rm, we have seen 昀rst hand that the micromanagement of the land acquisition process by HS2 top brass and the poor project management of the works so far have contributed directly to the ballooning cost. Whilst there have been (and will continue to be) scandalous wastes of taxpayer’s money on the building of the line, at least one would hope that most of that money will stay within the UK and therefore some of it will circulate back into the tax co昀ers in due course. As a giant job creation project, to help the economy bounce back after COVID-19, perhaps the high speed line has a function after all.

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If you would like to discuss your HS2 case or require support with the next stages, please contact James Collier at our Atherstone office on 01827 721380 or via email james.collier@howkinsandharrison.co.uk and we will arrange a no-obligation consultation with the most appropriate member of the team. 35


A view of the Capital’s Property Market

The UK residential property market is incredibly resilient and recovered rapidly after the initial national lockdown was eased. We have seen a 43% increase in London based applicants registering to move out of the capital in the third quarter, compared to the 昀rst quarter of 2020. Whilst some of this increased demand was the pent-up activity of those who were already “in the market”, the majority are new potential purchasers/tenants entering the fray, in many cases bringing forward future aspirations. The pandemic has turned so many lives upside down and, for some, the city which they had loved has suddenly felt dangerous and claustrophobic. It has brought into sharp focus their living arrangements, such as lack of gardens and overcrowding, prompting them to reassess their priorities during lockdown. Many now want, or need to, live in a di昀erent space or location. While COVID -19 has a昀ected businesses, livelihoods, and family life, there have undoubtedly been moments when taking a break

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from our usual hectic schedules has been bene昀cial – spending some time recharging the batteries and taking stock of the important things in our lives. Relocating out of big towns or cities and the long-held notion of ‘moving to the country’ has been given a rather powerful nudge. Leaving behind a frantic, fast-paced lifestyle frees up time to prioritise the things one really cares about. As someone who recently moved out of London said to me “walking the dog on the beach at sunrise, now that makes me smile”. This has been echoed in a recent ONS survey, which highlighted that one in four people has made or is planning a major life change after the country has recovered from COVID-19. More than a third of these people have said they would like to change where they live,particularly if their business or their employers are now allowing an element of home working. Open space, gardens, fast broadband, and space for a home o ce are now high up the wish list. There has also been a noticeable increase in people wanting to return to where they grew up, to be nearer to family. For those needing to commute

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We have seen a 43% increase in London based applicants registering to move out of the capital in the third quarter, compared to the first quarter of 2020.

to the capital daily, areas with direct train access to London tick the appropriate boxes. Demand in some of the most popular areas is substantially exceeding supply. Villages and areas that were previously seen as remote have gained traction and the urban/rural shift from London and other cities is real. Demand is split evenly between those looking for a principal home and those looking for a second property, although there has been a noticeable change in that many of those who had a principal home in London and a smaller weekend property are now looking for the reverse. This increased demand, buoyed by the stamp duty holiday, is across the price range but is more noticeable in the mid to high end of the market, re昀ecting the demand for larger properties and space. At our o ce in St James’s, we are in a unique position to harness these potential buyers. They can discuss, either in person or

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virtually, their requirements with professional quali昀ed sta昀, who can answer questions about prices, market conditions, commuting times and schools. We can then search the database for them and introduce them to the properties being marketed by the o ces local to their desired locations.

WORDS BY Bob Bickersteth, The London Office The London Office 40 St James's Place, London SW1A 1NS 020 7839 0888 / enquiries@tlo.co.uk

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Commercial Property For Sale & To Let We act on behalf of owners, landlords and tenants and have a wealth of experience to meet all your commercial property needs. Our services include the selling and letting of industrial, office, retail, land and development sites. We also manage property portfolios, give planning and development advice and deal with all landlord and tenant matters. We have welcomed a number of new commercial property owners and landlords to H&H this year and have secured good volumes of sales and lets across the region. We invest heavily in promoting properties on the most appropriate portals and using additional opportunities such as ‘Premium Listings’ and ‘Featured Properties’ on Rightmove to attract the most attention that we can. We have extensive local knowledge and offices throughout the Midlands. Our dedicated Commercial team have an outstanding reputation and are here to help and advise you with all your commercial property needs.

Church Street, Rugby

1-5 Central Buildings, Rugby

Guide price £POA A ground 昀oor lock-up shop with double fronted timber framed shop front with display windows, timber 昀oors with painted plaster walls and ceiling. The area is typical of a small independent retailer suiting a number of commercial uses. • Prominent Location • A1 Planning Consent • Total NIA 68.1 sq.m/732 sq. ft.

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Guide price £450,000 A rare mixed-use redevelopment opportunity in Rugby Town Centre. Existing layout is 5, 2 storey retail units currently let and producing an annual income of approximately £31,480. Full possession of the units is available as each of the tenants are currently holding over on their original 昀xed term leases. • Outline consent demolition and construction of 4 retail units and 4 apartments • Rarely available mixed-use redevelopment opportunity • Fully let producing an annual income of c. £31,480

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Unit 8 Mitchell Court, Central Park, Rugby

The Maltings, Ashby de la Zouch

Guide price £997,500 A modern two storey detached o ce building providing a mixture of open plan and cellular o ces, full raised accessed 昀oors with power and data cabling with LED light panels throughout and air conditioning in all o ce areas. A high speci昀cation o ce in a modern, well maintained, building. • Freehold with vacant possession • 551.1 sq.m./5930 sq. ft. • 21 allocated car parking spaces

Rugby 01788 564678

Guide price £1,250,000 A fantastic opportunity to purchase a freehold industrial investment property in Ashby de la Zouch. 21,377 sq ft unit in approximately 1.04 acres with a rental income of £81,000 per annum and long term development potential. • Industrial Freehold Investment • Total rental income c£81,000 per annum • 1.04 acre site with long term development potential

Ashby 01530 877977

60 Market Street, Ashby

Tamworth, Sta昀ordshire

Guide price £350,000 60 Market Street is a Grade II listed three storey red brick building, consisting of a ground 昀oor retail unit, 昀rst and second 昀oor o ces and a rear 昀rst 昀oor section with potential to convert into o ces or residential. • New 5-year lease signed for ground 昀oor retail unit • Existing o ce accommodation to 昀rst and second 昀oors • Residential development potential to rear / above

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Guide price £290,000 A fantastic opportunity to purchase freehold retail unit in the centre of Tamworth. Net internal area of approx. 106.7 sq m (1,148 sq ft). It has been recently refurbished, set up as a barbershop and salon. The furniture is available to the purchaser subject to discussion. • Prime retail location • NIA 106.7 sq m / 1,148 sq ft • Vacant possession

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Commercial Lettings Bragborough Hall Business Centre, Welton Road, Daventry

Hunting Lodge, Bitteswell

£POA Bitteswell Business Park is a small business park consisting of o ce and warehouse/industrial units located in a semi-rural area with superb access to the East Midlands transport network. The Hunting Lodge is a detached 3 storey o ce premises, a good standard of o ce accommodation with immense character and period features. • 2,868 sq. ft. (266.44 sq.m.) NIA • Located on an established business park • Substantial on-site car parking

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£POA Bragborough Hall Business Centre is situated in a lovely rural location between Rugby and Daventry, o昀ering serviced o ces of various sizes with the monthly rent including all outgoings and costs. Each o ce has recently been refurbished and now provides modern interiors with fast broadband speeds and parking • Ample Allocated & Visitor Parking • Excellent Onsite facilities • Ultra Fast Broadband Speeds

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Wake昀eld Lodge Estate, Potterspury

8-10 Brook Street, Daventry

£12,720 pa Units 4 & 5 of this former estate farm buildings complex that has been converted some years ago to a high standard providing a mix of retail/o ce style units. Previously used as an art gallery, units 4 & 5 are mainly open plan design. Would suit a number of alternative uses subject to planning and landlords’ consent. • Popular & established rural courtyard on the A5 • Spacious open plan area plus barn • Within a short drive of the market town of Towcester & Milton Keynes Central

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£POA A mid-terraced ground 昀oor retail unit with large, glazed frontage, laminate 昀ooring, 昀uorescent strip lighting, storage heaters and a sales counter. The unit is 昀tted suitable for a tattoo parlour. The rear of the unit bene昀ts from kitchenette, WC facilities and also yard space. • Good location in the town centre • Flexible lease terms • Total approx.. NIA 74.65 sq.m. (803 sq. ft.)

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70-72 Market Street, Ashby

Fisherwick, Tamworth

Rent from £15,000 pa

£11,000 pa A 昀rst 昀oor suite of o ces that has recently been refurbished and in excellent condition. The o ces are carpeted throughout with spotlight lighting, electric heating and traditional features such as sash windows and exposed beams. There are three o ce suites and can be let as a whole or individually. • O ce 1: 261 sq ft / £3,600 pa • O ce 2: 209 sq ft / £3,000 pa • O ce 3: 312 sq ft / £4,400 pa

Ashby 01530 877977

Two modern steel portal frame buildings for sale or to let near Fisherwick. The units bene昀t from change of use to commercial (Class E(g)) and also for conversion into two residential dwellings. • Unit 1 GIA 3,317 sq ft • Unit 2 GIA 5,715 sq ft • Short term let available

Ashby 01530 877977

Grendon, Atherstone

Ashbourne, Derbyshire

O ce suites from £4,560 pa The Boot Inn has been refurbished to o昀er high quality o ce space, available as a whole or in smaller suites. The o ces are located adjacent to the new Grendon Co-Op on A5 within close proximity of the M42 and o昀er parking, CCTV, LED lighting, Cat V cabling and 昀exible lease terms. • Suites of o ces available from 341 sq ft to 1,258 sq ft • Rents from £380 pcm • Flexible lease terms available

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Guide price £15,500 pa Located conveniently o昀 the A52 between Derby and Ashbourne the unit available is approx. 2,895 sq ft this steel portal frame unit has concrete 昀oors, clad sides and pitched clad roof with sky lights, mains electricity (3 phase is also available), and a communal kitchen and toilet block. • Approx. 2,895 sq ft • Available immediately • Excellent, secure location

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The Lettings Market – Supporting Landlords

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ver the last 12 months, the landscape has changed signi昀cantly for landlords and tenants with legal support in place to protect tenants and for the country to stand together against homelessness during the global COVID-19 pandemic and to 昀nd ways to keep people safe and warm. We work hard to ensure that our tenants are carefully vetted before they move into a property that we manage and that we communicate clearly and transparently with both tenants and landlords at all times. Due to these solid foundations, we have been able to mitigate the risks for our landlord clients and have the open channels of communication that mean we are able to foresee any 昀nancial hardships and thus loss of revenue through missed rents before they happen. Where necessary, we have been able to mediate to 昀nd a positive solution for those facing hardship and have not had the negative issues caused by the legal changes to possession proceedings or eviction notices, that others in the industry are facing.

MARK MANNING Partner

LOUISE STAFFORD Manager Atherstone

MARK GLENN Manager Northampton

To speak to one of our lettings experts, in confidence, please contact your most convenient office Atherstone 15 Market Street, Atherstone, Warwickshire CV9 1ET 01827 718021 / AthLetts@howkinsandharrison.co.uk Daventry 27 Market Square, Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN11 4BH 01327 316880 / Davletts@howkinsandharrison.co.uk

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On the 昀ip side, we have, of course, had to work carefully within government guidelines which means that our face-to-face inspections become virtual. Again, we have been delighted with how our tenants have stepped up to assist with this situation and the understanding shown by landlords. There is a real sense of ‘we are all in this together’ which we hope will continue as the world gets back to ‘normal’ through vaccination in 2021. We continue to support our portfolio and single property-owning clients alike with our fully managed services and are regularly told by those who move to this support that the peace of mind on legal issues alone is worth every penny. If you have property to let or are curious about investment in residential let property, please contact our lettings team on the numbers below and we will be delighted to talk through the options with you.

SARAH FRENCH Manager Daventry & Towcester

MARK BAZELEY Manager Rugby & Lutterworth

Lutterworth 12a Market Street, Lutterworth, Leicestershire, LE17 4EH 01455 559203 / Luttletts@howkinsandharrison.co.uk Northampton 14 Bridge Street, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN1 1NW 01604 823456 / Northletts@howkinsandharrison.co.uk Rugby 7-11 Albert Street, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV21 2RX 01788 564666 / Rugletts@howkinsandharrison.co.uk TheView


Scaldwell, Northamptonshire

A most impressive barn conversion located on the fringe of this Northamptonshire Village, benefitting from eye-catching countryside views. With many unique features & finished to a high quality throughout.

£1,500 pcm

• Unfurnished cottage • High speci昀cation throughout • Popular village location

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Ashby St Ledgers

£2,000 pcm

• Oil 昀red central heating Beautiful stone built five bedroom detached family home with a thatch and slate roof set in a pleasant position in this much sought • Large garden • Garage and parking after village with countryside views.

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Grange Park, Northampton

Kingsthorpe, Northampton

£1,000 pcm

£925 pcm

A quality 3 bedroom detached property located in the heart of this popular South Northampton Development, with excellent road links to A45 & M1 junction 15.

A luxury, converted, two bedroom apartment within a classical 18th century Georgian building, with large open space and high ceilings.

• Unfurnished property • Medium sized garden • Quiet & secluded neighbourhood

• Quiet & secluded neighbourhood • Allocated parking • 2 bedrooms, 1 reception room, 1 bathroom

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Harlestone Manor, Northampton

Wigston Parva

£1,000 pcm

£850 pcm Modern home in this new stunning development next to Harlestone Firs, with private allocated parking, approx. three miles from the town centre and close to Six昀elds Retail and Lodge Park Industrial estates • Local amenities nearby • Good road links • Allocated parking available Northampton 01604 823456 44

Available in the hamlet of Wigston Parva is this smart fully refurbished 3 bedroom cottage recently fully redecorated and to include new carpets and a brand new oil central heating system. • Rural, unfurnished cottage • Patio garden • Allocated parking

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Central Rugby

Oxford House, Rugby

£575 pcm The Napier Building is a modern development of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments in the heart of Rugby town centre and completed to a high standard. A unique and rare opportunity to rent a new 1 bedroom or 2 bedroom apartment. • Unfurnished, town centre 昀at • Electric heating • Convenient location for road and rail links Rugby 01788 564666

£750 pcm Brand new 昀rst 昀oor large two double bedroom duplex apartment enjoying an open plan living/kitchen, 2 double bedrooms, separate shower enclosure and o昀-road parking. • Unfurnished town centre 昀at • Electric heating • Allocated parking

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George Court, Rugby

Winwick

£600 pcm George Court is a modern development of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments in the heart of Rugby town centre and completed to a high standard, with double glazed windows. This is a unique and rare opportunity to rent a 1 bedroom unfurnished apartment conveniently situated for amenities. • Unfurnished, town centre 昀at • Gas central heating • On-street parking Rugby 01788 564666 TheView

£1,200 pcm Seventeenth century oak beamed cottage on a private estate with magni昀cent views looking onto beautiful lawns, with half an acre of maintained lawn and ample parking. • Unfurnished rural cottage • Three bedrooms • Night storage heaters

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Howkins & Harrison Equestrian Our knowledgeable and experienced team is able to assist with planning matters for new equestrian development, whether it be for personal use or for larger commercial enterprises. We have experience with most of the local authorities throughout the Midlands and have several success stories behind us from arenas to entire new facilities with new dwellings.

We specialise in Equestrian property agency for sale or to let, and have a team of knowledgeable agents who are able to understand what buyers are looking for and assist the sale or letting through the legal stages to completion.

We can also advise on grant funding when new grants are available and have successfully obtained funding for many equestrian businesses within the Midlands.

We can assist with the letting and management of equestrian facilities and properties and understand the needs of tenants and landlords alike, helping to mould the perfect agreement for both parties.

We can assist with business rates and have experience dealing with appeals, working alongside select business partners.

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ur experienced team can dealt with many aspects of equestrian planning, from stables at private houses to facilities for a purpose-built livery yard, and everything in between. One of the most common equestrian planning applications is a simple change of use application from agricultural to equestrian use. There is a 昀ne line between horses being classed as agriculture or as equestrian. As a rule of thumb, you can keep horses on your own land under an agricultural use as long as they are only grazing on that land. As soon as you start exercising the horses on the land, you must seek planning permission for equestrian use. There are many factors to consider before applying for planning permission on your land. Di昀erent local authorities have slightly di昀erent policies on equestrian facilities, which will inevitably in昀uence your design and the materials you will be permitted to

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use for the build. A recent application was facing refusal due to the local authority resisting the use of brick as a building material for stables. Our team worked with the applicant and the planning o cer to reach a compromise which lead to a positive outcome. The planning o cer agreed to a part brick and part timber build, which was practical, 昀t for purpose and looked professional, whilst meeting the applicant’s requirements and complying with local policy. This application highlights the importance of communication with the planning o cer and having a clear reasoning for the materials you want to use. Access from the highway is an important consideration when looking at any equestrian planning application. We have seen resistance from the highways departments to some applications, as most yards will see people visiting the horses twice a day, inevitably leading to an increase in the tra c movements onto TheView


a road. Good visibility and a gate set back from the highway can overcome some issues, although possible solutions need to be discussed from the outset to avoid challenges – or unnecessary costs - further down the line.

We frequently work with clients to put together an equestrian justi昀cation for the need for someone to be on-site overnight. These applications are not straightforward and often start with a temporary planning permission for a mobile home.

The team has been involved in a number of applications for retrospective planning permission. It is important to remember that you could be faced with enforcement action if you do not have planning permission for something you have already built. If you are looking to sell your property, our advice is always to make sure you have consent for the facilities to prevent issues during the conveyancing process. The most common retrospective application is for a horse walker or lunge pen as both of these fairly minor works do require formal planning consent.

It is important to remember that equestrian facilities being used for business purposes can trigger business rates. Business rates can be quite considerable when taking into account the size (and pro昀tability), of an indoor school.

We often get asked to advise on equestrian tied properties or planning applications for on-site accommodation. These applications are assessed on the functional need to live on site.

Pre-application advice is often the best place to start with an equestrian planning permission as you can get a feel of the size and scale of development that may be approved and you can tailor the application to meet local planning policy requirements. Our strong relationships, built on trust and honest communication with local authorities, ensure that we are able to provide the very best advice and support for our equestrian clients.

Equestrian Case Studies

Ibby Mcacpherson Eventing and Hydrotherapy

New Pond Farm

Selston Equestrian Centre

The existing property was comprised of: 30 acres / American barn with 10 loose boxes / wash box / tackroom / hydrotherapy spa / outdoor all-weather arena / covered horsewalker

The agency team supported the sale of New Pond Farm for £835,000, which consisted of: 62 acres / 37 loose boxes / 40m x 50m 昀oodlit all weather arena / All weather turnout pen / lunge pen / tackroom, hot shower wash box, solarium, tearoom

Presently on the market - a rare opportunity to purchase an equestrian property set in approximately 40 acres with excellent facilities in an accessible location and income potential. Guide Price £1,600,000

We applied for planning and were granted permission for the construction of a 4 bedroom detached equestrian dwelling with the provision of a further 3 stables in connection with an established competition and rehabilitation livery yard run by Ibby MacPherson.

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If you are the owner of equestrian property, are looking to develop your existing property or are looking to sell or purchase property, Howkins & Harrison Equestrian can support you. For an initial discussion around your needs and how we can help, please contact Jennifer Whitton on 01327 397979 or Anna Meynell on 01530 877977. JENNIFER WHITTON

ANNA MEYNELL

BSc (Hons) MRICS FAAV

BSc (Hons) FAAV

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The Gift of Life Kirsty Smith’s Story

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arrying a donor card was a rite of passage, along with getting you National Insurance card and being old enough to actually go to the pub and not be asked for ID back in the 1980s and 90s. The digital era has changed so many things for the better, but the reduction in the number of physical cards we carry has had a negative impact on organ donation. The law has changed recently, meaning that organ donation has become an opt out rather than opt in process, the assumption being that everything will be donated – unless, of course, a family refuse. And who can fault them, at a time of such high emotion and grief? In a year that we have truly celebrated the greatness of the sta昀 of the NHS, it is a privilege to share the story of Kirsty Smith, double lung transplantee, racehorse trainer and inspirational human being. Kirsty was diagnosed, at the age of 24, with PPH (Primary pulmonary hypertension), high blood pressure in the lungs, also known as idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension. It is a rare lung disorder in which the blood vessels in the lungs narrow to life-threatening levels and the pressure in the pulmonary artery rises. The pulmonary arteries are the carriers of blood from the body to the lungs and symptoms include enormous pressure on the heart. Having been diagnosed in the specialist lung unit at The Freeman Hospital in Newcastle – a place Kirsty now sees as a second home and delivered with the message of a life expectancy of just two years, Kirsty underwent numerous operations, including an eight-hour procedure to drill a hole through her heart to relieve pressure. As is the case with many procedures on the heart, Kirsty needed to be awake throughout and has vivid memories of that day – including what was on the radio, whilst having a procedure that the team had only carried out once or twice before.

Coming out of intensive care, Kirsty decided to spend money put aside for a deposit on a house on a hard top SLK sports car – a car she still owns now, 20 years later. Frivolity to be celebrated in the shadow of such uncertainty. After 15 years of daily drugs whilst, miraculously, leading a pretty good life, back at work full time, spending every spare minute with horses and dogs, exactly as Kirsty’s consultant had predicted, when she started to feel unwell, she went downhill – fast. She was added to the waiting list for a double lung transplant in January 2015 and on May 9th that year – after spending the day at Garthorpe point-to-point, feeling completely exhausted having done far too much for her body to take, Kirsty received the call that she was to undertake transplant surgery. A blacked-out car was at her door within the hour, she was taken to East Midlands airport, bustled aboard Gary Barlow’s private jet – lent to the NHS for such emergencies, 昀own to Newcastle and into the operating theatre by 5am on May 10th. The operation was a success and a mere 5 weeks later, Kirsty was able to attend a friend’s 50th birthday, dressed up and ready to party (within reason, of course!) Soon after came the return to horseback, skiing in the winter of 2015/16 and an opportunity to live. Kirsty’s Professor had said for 15 years that he would retire after he transplanted her, which he did, although the rest of the team are largely still working at The Freeman Hospital and Kirsty praises them with the highest accolade, saying that however bad things get, however poorly she is, despite multiple sepsis emergencies and other operations, that once she walks through those hospital doors, she feels safe and knows that everything will be OK. We can not thank the sta昀 of the NHS enough for the endless, self-sacri昀cing work that they do, but if the story of this brave, remarkable and inspirational woman has touched you at all, please, make your wishes known to your family about organ donation and help the NHS continue to make miracles happen.

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Why should I become an organ donor? Organ donation is the act of giving an organ to save or improve the life of someone who needs a transplant. You are able to donate some organs while you’re alive, for example, a kidney, or part of your liver...

...but most organ and tissue donations will come from people who have died.

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More than 50,000 people are alive today, across the UK, due to the generosity of organ donors and their families. But right now, around 6,000 seriously ill people are waiting for a life-saving transplant.

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You can register your decision to donate by signing up as a donor on the NHS Organ Donor Register and informing your family of your decision. Three people die each day in need of a transplant.

Please go to organdonation.nhs.uk and sign up now

Sign up now and tell your family you want to give the gift of life organdonation.nhs.uk

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Precision Planning The Planning for the Future white paper, published in August 2020, setting out the ‘once in a generation’ proposals to overhaul England’s planning system has caused controversy. Following several waves of changes to rules during this most unconventional year on change of use and permitted development rights (PDRs), the Government has signalled its intention to bring about wholesale change to planning policy.

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‘Newt-counting delays’ as PM Boris Johnson summarises the restrictions of existing policy, slow down the house building process and are delays which the PM hopes to eliminate in order for developers and builders to ‘build better and build greener but also build faster’. The Government’s stated aims for change with the new policy include:

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Local communities will be consulted from the very beginning of the planning process. By harnessing the latest technology through online maps and data, the whole system will be made more accessible

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Valued green spaces will be protected for future generations by allowing for more building on brownfield land and all new streets are to be tree lined

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Much-needed homes will be built quicker by ensuring local housing plans are developed and agreed in 30 months – down from the current 7 years

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Every area to have a local plan in place – currently only 50% of local areas has a plan to build more homes

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The planning process to be overhauled and replaced with a clearer, rules-based system. Currently around a third of planning cases that go to appeal are overturned at appeal

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A new simpler national levy to replace the current system of developer contributions which often causes delay

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The creation of a fast-track system for beautiful buildings and establishing local design guidance for developers to build and preserve beautiful communities

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All new homes to be ‘zero carbon ready’, with no new homes delivered under the new system needed to be retrofitted as we achieve our commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050

Many have welcomed the proposal – especially developers who have celebrated the commitment to building 300,000 new homes a year. The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Royal Institute of British Architects have raised some concerns about sweeping away the current system, and the Local Government Association’s response, predictably, is to TheView

ensure that new homes are delivered through a locally-led planning system, where communities retain the right to shape the areas in which they live. The requirement for First Homes, a proposed new form of a昀ordable housing with prices 30% below the general market, will fall under the jurisdiction of the local planning authorities (LPAs) under the new policy. This is a change that has attracted a great deal of controversy in the construction sector. The LPA will be required to assess the size, type and tenure of the housing need and ensure that at least 10% of housing on major developments (de昀ned as builds of ten or more houses), is built for a昀ordable ownership. The consultation document for the white paper states that a quarter of the a昀ordable housing on site should be First Homes, with two options put forward by government for the remaining three quarters. However, the paper recognises that SME builders build the majority of smaller sites, which tend to build out more quickly, which is vital to the success of the proposal and target to hit 300,000 new homes per year. As such, it is proposed that the Community Infrastructure Levy payments threshold is increased to 40 or 50 homes for the period that the economy is in recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. George Eustice, Environment Secretary, also announced a change to our approach to environmental assessment and mitigation, in order to ‘protect more of what is precious.’ During his speech on environmental recovery during the summer of 2020, Eustice said; ‘If we can front-load ecological considerations in the planning development process, we can protect more of what is precious. Delivering this change is what lies at the heart of our approach to future farming policy, our approach to biodiversity net gain in the planning system, and also behind other initiatives like highly protected marine areas that we intend to pilot. Building back greener means what it says, and I want to work with all of you to make that happen.’ For Government to pass the white paper through the corridors of Whitehall and into law will require patience and time. Until then, LPAs are urged to get plans in place, developers to keep building and in turn, we will keep planning.

For further information or to discuss how we can support you through the process of securing planning permission, contact your local office and we will arrange a no-obligation initial consultation.

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Promotion Agreements: Reward without risk

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landowner enters into a promotion agreement on a parcel of land when the land is deemed eligible for development for either residential or commercial use by a promoter.

The agreement a昀ords the promoter freedom to promote the land and secure planning permission on behalf of the landowner. Once planning is approved, the site is marketed – and sold, on the open market where it will be purchased by the highest bidder in a competitive tender situation. The promoter receives a preagreed percentage of the sale price as a reward for taking all of the risk on the site, together with recovery of associated costs for the planning application process. A promotion agreement is favourable to other types of development agreement- such as an option agreement - for some landowners as the land is sold on the open market to attract market value rather than sold to the company who have the option for a price which is appraised through a valuation and negotiation process. Both types of agreement have their bene昀ts and drawbacks, which is where impartial and expert advice is essential to gain the best possible outcome for a landowner. When a promoter enters into an agreement with a landowner, we would expect the promoter to cover the costs of the landowner’s legal, accountancy and agent fees as well as paying an upfront fee for the right to promote the site. These costs, together with the costs associated with the planning process and a capped promotion cost amount are usually repaid to the promoter once the site is sold, from the gross purchase price. If the promotion is not successful, these costs are not recoverable from the landowner and the promoter has to cover these costs at their own risk. Within a promotion agreement, the promoter will undertake all of the technical work to demonstrate to the local authority that the land is suitable for development, including but not limited to; a landscape and visual impact assessment, highways, drainage, 昀ood risk, ecology and archaeology specialists’ reports to support the site’s suitability. A planning appeal, should the initial 52

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application be refused by the local authority, is also borne by the promoter at their cost and risk. If successful, the site is marketed and sold by the landowner’s agent on the open market with bids submitted by tender, usually followed by further negotiations to ensure that the best possible price and terms are achieved. For larger sites, payments are frequently spread across several years in the form of deferred payments, secured by legal charge to ensure receipt. As any fees due to a promoter are subject to VAT, the landowner would be advised to elect their land for VAT at point of sale, in order to recover the VAT on the promoter’s share of the sale price. Of course, we advise upon the best course of action on a caseby-case basis, assessing the bene昀ts of an option or a promotion agreement. However, when the land is suitable, a promotion agreement generally sees the landowner achieve market value at point of sale as the sale is conducted in real time in an open and transparent way. On the 昀ip side, local authorities sometimes want to know who will be developing the land before agreeing to pass the planning application, which can be a signi昀cant disadvantage for promotion agreements and promoters. This situation is mitigated in some way by using well known, well regarded and trusted promoters whom the local authority (as well as ourselves) have a long-term relationships with.

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Development Option Agreements: So, you’ve got planning permission?

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ll being well, at some point after you signed that option with Joe Bloggs Homes Plc on the 10-acre 昀eld on the edge of town, they will 昀nally get planning. A time for celebration of course, as you can 昀nally pay o昀 the bank and possibly think about setting up the kids for the future, but it can also be stressful as the friendly developer is now on the other side of the fence, trying to buy the land as cheaply as possible! Once planning permission is granted, the developer will want to exercise their option to buy the land. It is essential to get professional help at this stage to negotiate the price and bring the contract to a conclusion on the best terms for our client. Most often when we act for landowners on the exercise of an option it is on an agreement that we helped set up on behalf of a client with a land developer – recently or even decades ago, although increasingly we have been asked to act for new clients that instruct us at the point where a developer gains planning permission. Once planning permission is obtained on the land and that planning permission is deemed satisfactory, the developer will issue the landowner with a price notice, which will include the developer’s valuation of the land and will often be accompanied by a residual valuation to detail how the developer has arrived at the value. The residual value calculation is usually a key element of the developer’s view on value and is arrived at by considering the total sale value of the completed development, less all of the costs to get to that stage. The main elements to a residual valuation include: • The gross development value of the site • The number, type and size of the units detailed in the planning permission and section 106 agreement • Expected build costs • ‘Abnormal costs’, which can include dealing with di cult ground conditions, o昀 site highway works, gas or electricity

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Ian Large BA (Hons) MSc MRICS FAAV Partner

service improvements, and a multitude of other things • Any payments to be made under the section 106 agreement • The developer’s cost of 昀nance • Developer’s required or expected pro昀t margin Whilst a good residual valuation can be important evidence for the market value of the site, it is important not to get bogged down in the minutiae of this and to have an appreciation of the wider market, and sales of comparable sites. A good site will be attractive to housebuilders, and competition to buy it will result in cost assessments being trimmed and developer’s margins pared down. These market driven factors must be balanced against the developer’s usually very conservative residual valuation. Once we have reviewed all available evidence and information, we will build a summary and create a residual value 昀gure of our own, which will include the gross development value of the land having built all the houses minus all the costs of getting the 昀nished properties to the point of sale completion. This 昀gure is then proposed as a formal counter o昀er – if signi昀cantly di昀erent to the o昀er from the developer – and we commence negotiations, which frequently involve bringing in external consultants such as Quantity Surveyors & Planners. If an agreement is not reached, the option agreement will usually allow either the developer or landowner to involve an arbitrator or expert. In the vast majority of cases, this is unnecessary as the price is agreed, the option is exercised, and money paid to the landowner without the involvement of a third party. We work hard to ensure the very best outcome for our landowners. In the most recent case, this 昀gure was nearly double the original o昀er from the developer within their price notice.

If you are considering an option & promotion agreement on your land or are looking to review your future planning, contact your local H&H office and one of our experienced and knowledgeable team will arrange a no-obligation consultation with you.

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Winter Preparation for our dual-career Surveyor Andrew Pinny, Rural Surveyor and part of our Towcester office team, not only works within the Howkins & Harrison rural team full time, but also runs a small farm business of his own whilst still being involved in the family farming business during the hours outside of his ‘day job.’

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ndrew tenants a farm of circa 65 acres of pasture in Warwickshire, upon which he, his partner Vicky and 8-yearold son Freddie, run 70 pedigree Texel ewes and followers, a small number of pedigree Longhorn cows and calves as well as a menagerie of family pets. Andrew is well supported from his family as well as by the team at Howkins. Running the farm gives Andrew a 昀rst-hand insight to the struggles – and joys, of farming and the team at Howkins wholeheartedly support this, ensuring that Andrew is able to succeed in both of his chosen careers, in synergy with one another. It helps that Andrew never sits still and is one of the hardest working and most committed people you will ever meet, however, having such a demanding life outside of work is a challenge and not for the feint hearted! ‘I wouldn’t change my life for the world’ says Andrew when we caught up with him to 昀nd out what is happening on the farm at the moment. ‘The two ends of my day are poles apart in one way, but mirror images in another. I get such a valuable insight and knowledge of what my clients are going through and the challenges that they are facing presently from the farm - as well as looking towards the future and what changes are coming over the horizon, that in my surveyor role, not only can I help and advise my clients, but I have a deep rooted empathy for their situation too.’

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Andrew Pinny BSc (Hons) MRICS Senior Surveyor

We asked Andrew what was happening on the farm right now…. ‘Over the past two weekends we have been preparing for wintering of the livestock. Last year we had to house the cattle in the shed where we were hoping to lamb the ewes so ended up with ewes and lambs in every little spare corner that we could muster.’ ‘Other than the roof that we hired contractors to put on for us, we have put everything else up ourselves. We dismantled the old shed carefully and managed to take the roof apart section by section, with the plan to re-use it as cladding on the new shed. The steelwork and the roof were new, but everything else, we managed to salvage and re-use, which was a great cost saving. I’m just like any other farmer up and down the country - anything to save cost!’ Apart from the building works, we asked Andrew what else he was up to on the farm… ‘At the moment, the farm is all about tidying up the loose ends before winter – not dissimilar to my role at H&H where we are trying to get tasks completed and jobs 昀nished ahead of the start of the new year. These things always take more time than you expect but starting the new year with a fresh page on the To Do list at work and at home is always invigorating. Of course, the animals have no idea that we are heading towards the end of the TheView


“ ‘I wouldn’t change my life for the world. The two ends of my day are poles apart in one way, but mirror images in another. I get such a valuable insight and knowledge of what my clients are going through and the challenges that they are facing presently from the farm - as well as looking towards the future and what changes are coming over the horizon, that in my surveyor role, not only can I help and advise my clients, but I have a deep rooted empathy for their situation too.”

year and that I’d like to get a few things ticked o昀 the list, so I’m sure I’ll face a few curve balls before 2021. Again – not unlike the work I do on HS2 really!’ We asked Andrew, why he challenges himself to run two careers at once? ‘The two really do feed into one another perfectly well, but it’s indecision that drove me here initially! Throughout my studies I knew I wanted a professional role as a Rural Surveyor as I relish the challenges that the role brings as well as the opportunity to help British farmers. But I just wasn’t prepared to give up life on a farm despite the 昀nancial pressures it can bring. I want Freddie to experience what it is to live on a farm, the work ethic that the lifestyle instils from a young age – giving him the skills to take farming forward as a career if he so chooses and I just love being involved in the life-cycle that farming provides. I am passionate about animal welfare, pedigree livestock and the genetics behind it and trying to breed better livestock year on year. ‘The farm is close enough to our head o ce in Rugby for me to work from there on the days that I know lambs might be making an entrance. I have embraced technology to allow a lamb-cam app on my phone and can watch from the o ce whilst working on H&H projects, pop home, help a ewe to lamb over lunchtime TheView

and be back in the o ce for the afternoon. I’ve also been known to bring lambs who need a bit of extra help into the o ce in Towcester with me. We are on the top 昀oor away from the meeting rooms or front o ce, it’s warm and quiet – a perfect spot for a little one who needs attention.’ ‘We will soon be pregnancy scanning the ewes and the cycle begins all over again. As long as there isn’t another spate of home-schooling for Freddie thrown into the mix, we should be on for a relatively calm couple of months ahead of the new cohort making their appearance in the spring.’

Embracing technology - Andrew keeping a close eye on his new-born lambs, born before work, triplets were born during his dash back to the farm that lunchtime.

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New Homes Sales As market leaders in strategic land & development sites, logic follows that our New Homes department mirrors the success & ethos of the rest of our rural & residential property teams. The New Homes team bridge the gap between our rural, development & commercial departments, supporting developers to grow. With a rich history in New Homes sales, our team is experienced & knowledgeable, honest, trustworthy & hardworking, savvy & smart, focused on detail & skilled at finding the right balance between business need and client goals.

Sadie Severn New Homes Manager

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orking primarily from our Head O ce in Rugby, our New Homes team support the Howkins & Harrison wide network of o ces throughout the Midlands & beyond. Harnessing local knowledge, developing key relationships, supporting local councils & providing expert knowledge to both clients & key leader, enables us to shape the future of land development in the region.

Sadie has been working in New Homes sales for over a decade & is highly experienced in Land & New Homes development sales. She will take ultimate responsibility to ensure that a clear set of goals & objectives are created & achieved in our partnership. Working alongside key partners within the 昀rm, advising landowners on how to maximise the value of their land, Sadie is the conduit for local, regional & national house builders to realise the end goal of selling the new homes on their development. The New Homes team is supported by Howkins & Harrison’s rural team who identify opportunities and help with the supply of strategic land, planning team – each member of which has a long career spanning both planning o cer and application specialisms, and residential sales teams who are able to help with part-exchange & other pipeline property opportunities. For housebuilders & developers looking to acquire sites, we proactively seek out overlooked parcels of land, locate owners, initiate sales discussions & help secure the best possible price. We pinpoint & nurture potential sites on a daily basis in areas as diverse as: Land assembly / Brown昀eld / Strategic / Commercial property / Housing Associations / Joint Venture Arrangements TheView

With our experience, we can provide you with expert disposal & acquisition advice. We create the best possible value for all land & developments by engaging early on in the process, o昀ering a wide variety of services, including: Development Consultancy Services / Pricing / Market Research / Concept Analysis / Scheme Analysis / Value Engineering / New Home Sales Every development site is di昀erent. As such, we pride ourselves on o昀ering our clients a bespoke marketing package that engages with the right demographic for each development. We embrace technology, maximising the visibility of all developments in order to reach the traditional as well as the tech savvy audience, to achieve your goals.

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Agricultural Rents, Storm Clouds and Mystic Meg This autumn’s round of Agricultural rent reviews are just about being brought to a conclusion and it reminds me of an old joke which runs something along the lines of: What do you get if you give laughing gas to a Psychic? Answer: A happy Medium.

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egotiating a happy medium of a decent return for a landlord client, at a rent where the farmer can make a worthwhile pro昀t, is rarely a straightforward task.

I don’t know about cheery clairvoyants, but jovial farmers have been particularly thin on the ground this year. Some midSeptember sunshine put tenants in a slightly better mood, but the harvest was a dismally disappointing a昀air for most and in truth was never likely to recover after the monsoon conditions of last autumn and winter. However, farmers are, if nothing else, a resilient bunch and whether the harvest in any particular year is good or bad it is just part of a wider, longer term picture. The problem with rent reviews is that they require a 12-month notice period to be served by either the landlord or the tenant. After which, the rent is generally 昀xed for a minimum of three years. As a result, there is a large element of crystal-ball-gazing and the picture here is foggy with prolonged intervals of heavy low-lying cloud (interspersed with patchy periods of national lockdown). The Agriculture Bill has 昀nally dragged its way through Parliament and will provide the basis for support payments for

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the foreseeable future. The mechanics of how this will work is still at the drawing board stage and at present, we have only very limited information. All that we know for sure, is that the Basic Payment Scheme is being phased out over the next seven years and a new Environmental Scheme ( the Environmental Land Management Scheme or ELMS ) is being introduced but again we currently have little idea on exactly what form this will take. Brexit negotiations provide a further layer of uncertainty and we still do not know how this will impact British agriculture. All this uncertainty may have had some downward pressure on rents for the 昀rst time in many years, however the overriding pressure was provided by backsides sitting 昀rmly on hands as both landlords and tenants chose a wait and see policy where possible. Hopefully by this time next year, the fog and misfortunes of 2020 will have lifted, and it is entirely feasible it will reveal a very di昀erent picture for UK farming with clear winners and losers in each sector. This should at least provide a more informed basis for rent negotiations. But as for 昀nding a happy medium … pass me the laughing gas!

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Life as a graduate Starting work in a global pandemic Philippa Dewes started a graduate role with Howkins & Harrison at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We caught up with Philippa to find out what it was like to graduate without a graduation ceremony, and the knock-on effect of lockdown on the end of her university career.

You were away at Uni when the Coronavirus hit our shores. How did that change life at University? It was tough, to be honest. At The Royal Agricultural University where I was studying for a degree in BSc (Hons) Rural Land Management, we are really close knit. There’s a strong team spirit, a real feeling of ‘we are all in this together,’ so to leave that behind and all have to get on with the last part of our degrees miles apart and unable to meet was a real shame. I was delighted to have passed my degree, but not having the mortarboard in the air moment – or any of the graduation parties – will always be a shame. That said, there is talk of us having a send o昀 next year instead – it would be great to see everyone again!

was just too di cult. The team in the o ce where I am working, in Atherstone, have been really accommodating and the wider H&H team are very supportive. We have strict guidance to follow in the o ces and everyone sticks to it carefully in case someone falls ill, so that no one else is infected. It will be good to get to a point where we can shake hands and make one another a drink at some point. That said, I think it may feel strange once we do come out of the other end of this situation and everyone is working in the o ces again. Having started work whilst the majority of the teams are working from home, I’ve not the opportunity to meet everyone yet or visit any other o ces.

So, what did you do when the Uni closed its doors? I went home to the family farm. Our farm is a mixed farm of about 500 acres near Lutterworth. It was an interesting challenge, balancing Uni work with the farm. Much as at Uni, the farm is an environment where everyone mucks in. I am not sure that there was always a great understanding that I was in a lecture from my bedroom when my Dad needed an extra pair of hands to get something sorted! Having to complete coursework and my dissertation without any face-to-face meetings made for new ways of working and of learning – one that actually has stood me in a good position now in the working environment when some meetings have to be conducted virtually. How are you finding working at H&H? The ability to start work in the pandemic was something to put my mind to and I am extremely appreciative of the team for making that happen. It would have been easy for them to decide that it TheView

What do you think this time has taught you and is there anything you feel you will take forward in your career? De昀nitely! Learning to work remotely, to make the technology function, I feel, will stay with everyone. There’s nothing like a 40-minute Zoom time limit to keep a discussion on track! Being on the farm full time during the lockdown was actually really positive too. It allowed me to spend more time than I ever had before with the animals and get fully involved, forming unbreakable bonds with the lambs – they still follow me to this day! To have that time this summer when I was forced to stop, go home and get stuck in is a time I will never forget and I feel very privileged that it fell at a time when my studies were complete and before my graduate job had started. For once, I could focus my full attention on farming and the animals. Although that wasn’t for a long time, I think it will really help me in my career to empathise with clients when I can think about what things look like from their shoes.

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A selection of recently SOLD Rural Property, Land & Development Land Contact our rural agency team to arrange a valuation or discuss your needs. rural@howkinsandharrison.co.uk Galley Common SOLD

A valuable development site with potential for 9+ units, approximately 1.54 acres in a convenient location, 300m from an ‘outstanding’ rated primary school.

• Positive Pre-Application response for up to 9 dwellings • Existing planning permission for 5 dwellings • Convenient location

Atherstone 01827 721380

Stapleton, Leicestershire SOLD

A ring fenced dairy farm with farm house, bungalow, 39,000 sq ft • 170 acres (69ha) of buildings suitable for alternative uses (subject to planning) with • 4 bed house and 2 bed bungalow • 39,000 sq ft of farm buildings arable and pasture land capable of arable production. Rugby 01788 564680 60

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Brentford, Rugby SOLD

A five bedroom house which would benefit from modernisation with large gardens and a useful pasture field to the rear with frontage to the River Avon. Extending to 7.03 acres. Plus, traditional barn with permission for conversion into a four bedroom property with a paddock to the rear extending to 0.98L acres.

• Traditional barn for conversion • Pasture 昀eld • River frontage

Rugby 01788 564680

Staverton, Daventry SOLD

A freehold residential development site with outline planning permission for up to 15 dwellings (with a signed s106 agreement). Site Area approximately 2 acres (0.85 hectares).

• Development site • Outline planning approved, S106 approved • Up to 15 units

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Brinklow. Rugby SOLD

A four bedroom detached property suitable for redevelopment, with stables and land on the edge of a popular village. Extending to approximately 4.45 acres.

• Detached 4 bedroom property • Stables and 4.45 acres • South facing garden

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Examples of some of the parcels of land sold o昀-market during 2020 SOLD

• 33.14 acres at Maxstoke, Warwickshire

• 23.47 acres at Austrey, Warwickshire

• 52.23 acres at Congerstone, Leicestershire

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Wigginton, Tamworth SOLD

Situated in 1.03 acres of grounds, a rare opportunity to acquire a substantial former grain store with planning permission for conversion to a five bedroom detached residence offering modern family living space and enjoying stunning countryside views.

• Stunning development opportunity • Open countryside views • Accommodation will extend to over 3500 sq ft

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Warton, Tamworth SOLD

The residential development site currently comprises a steel-framed agricultural building and former agricultural land extending to approximately 1.04 acres or thereabouts, with road frontage to the public highway. The boundaries are predominantly post and rail fenced.

• Planning permission for 9 dwellings • Fantastic edge of village location • Superb views over surrounding countryside

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