Rural & Agriculture

The Land Agency Department offers advice to landowners and occupiers on all matters relating to land ownership and occupation, including the following:

Compulsory Purchase and Compensation
Dealing with utilities and negotiating easements, contractors compounds, early entry and compensation claims in relation to water, gas, electricity, oil and highways.
Farm and Land Management
Preparation of budgets, cash flows and business planning. Drawing up contract farming and share farming agreements and cropping/grazing licences. Complete management service consisting of preparation of agreements, handling day to day work and collection of rent.
Advice and preparation of English Woodland Grant Scheme applications including Farm Woodland Payments and applications for felling licences.
Single Payment Scheme
Advice on and completion of annual Single Payment Scheme claims. Registration and changes to parcels on the Rural Land Register. Transfer of Entitlements. Dealing with queries arising from applications and all matters with the Rural Payments Agency.
Grant Scheme Applications
Application for grants under the Rural Development Programme for England including all Environmental Stewardship schemes. Management of closed scheme agreements including Countryside Stewardship, Organic Farming Scheme.
Advice on planning policy. Completion and submission of small scale planning applications and appeals.
Landlord and Tenant
Preparation of Farm Business Tenancies and grazing licenses. Negotiating rent reviews, end of tenancy and all matters relating to occupation of land under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 and Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995.
Agreeing terms of leases for greenfield sites, renegotiation of existing leases and rent reviews. Liaising with all parties throughout the whole project and ensuring all relevant wayleaves are completed.
Completion of formal valuations of land, property and deadstock for taxation, family division, insurance, stocktaking and all other purposes.
Wayleaves and Easements
Negotiation of wayleaves and easements for telecoms, electricity and all other purposes across private land.