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Sheldon Bosley Knight Planning Team Win Planning Inspectorate Appeal

The Planning and Architecture department at Sheldon Bosley Knight is celebrating after receiving Planning Inspectorate approval of an appeal against Stratford-on-Avon District Council’s refusal of a change of use application.

The application, for the change of use of two pig units to storage and distribution, was initially refused. Conversion of a building for business purposes is considered acceptable in principle, subject to location, character, historic or architectural merit, being suitable for the proposed use and having been in existence for at least ten years. The refusal claimed that “the buildings, subject to this application, have evidently not been in existence for ten years and the development is therefore contrary to policy.”

Planning permission for the two units was granted in August 2011, giving a timescale of nearly eight years of sole agricultural use. In our Appeal Representations, we accepted that the ten year period hadn’t been met by two years. We argued that planning judgement should be applied to the buildings, and that any extension for the use of supplying further livestock would not be successful due to odour and environmental health concerns.

The inspector concluded that although failing to meet the policy conditions, it met other requirements through the location and character being suitable for the proposed use. The conversion would help to secure managed economic growth and contribute to the maintenance of sustainable communities in the district. It would also maintain the vitality of rural communities and strengthen rural economy, in accordance with policy and provisions of the framework. It was found that the proposal represented an appropriate use for the buildings with regard to local and national policies which seek to protect the countryside.

Congratulations to our planning and architecture team, who showed hard work and dedication to the appeal on behalf of our client. The Town Planner for this case was Lucy Pierce, while the Architectural Technician was Nadia Amietszajew.

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Sheldon Bosley Knight Acquires Bishops Estate Agents

We are delighted to announce that Sheldon Bosley Knight has acquired Bishops Estate Agents in Kineton.

Bishops Estate Agents was established by Debbie Burrows in 1998. The branch is situated in a prominent location within Kineton village and covers residential sales in the South Warwickshire and North Oxfordshire areas.

The acquisition opportunity came at the perfect time for both parties at the end of 2019. As Debbie was planning to retire, we were seeking a new commercial base to cover the area between our Shipston and Leamington branches. Having worked in the industry for 40 years as the first Birmingham businesswoman to establish her own residential estate agents, Debbie is a well known and popular member of the local community. We hope to maintain the trusting relationship with Bishops’ loyal customers and continue serving the village community.

On the acquisition, Debbie said:

     “I’ve been proud to have served the local community for so many years during which time I’ve made many great friends. I look forward to supporting Mike and the Sheldon Bosley Knight team as a retired Estate Agent! Thank you for your business over the last 25 years.”

We are pleased to announce that the new branch will be managed by Sara Jordan, who will be joined by sales negotiator Kathy Molan. Sara is a returning member of staff at the company, bringing with her an impressive 15 years’ experience in local estate agency. Both Kineton residents, their local knowledge and friendly manner is already proving a great asset to the company. Sara announced:

     “I’m delighted to be returning and excited to lead a new team, where a professional and personal service will be my priority. We welcome residents to pop in and meet the team.”

Kineton is now our seventh location; joining branches in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Leamington Spa, Kenilworth, Evesham and Shipston-Upon-Stour, and our brand new head office at Stratford Business and Technology Park.

We’re proud to be growing the Sheldon Bosley Knight brand and are looking forward to another exciting year in land and property!

Visit the new Kineton branch at:

3 Southam Street
Kineton
Warwickshire
CV35 0LN

01926 642200

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Sam White Qualifies as CAAV Fellow

Congratulations to our Rural Surveyor, Sam White, who is now a qualified Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers after passing his exams in December.

The CAAV exam for fellowship consists of a rigorous two day test of practical, oral and written assessments. It covers a wide range of practice areas including landlord and tenant, utilities, diversification, planning, estate management, valuation, growing crops, machinery and livestock. CAAV members are highly regarded professionals in the countryside, providing advice and guidance to owners, occupiers and managers of rural land, property and business. Sam is now the third member of the rural team to become a qualified CAAV, alongside James Walton and Laura Gaydon, and we are delighted to be strengthening the department’s professional offering.

Sam joined the company in 2017 after we were impressed with his work during a placement with us the year before. He’s now based at our new headquarters in Stratford-upon-Avon. On the news, Sam said,

     “I am delighted to have gained this qualification following the two-day examination, and being admitted as a fellow to the CAAV will support the work I undertake on behalf of clients.”

Sam was presented with a bottle of champagne by Marcus Faulkner, Director of Rural Land Agency.  Marcus said,

     “Sam has worked incredibly hard and we are extremely proud of his achievement.  At Sheldon Bosley Knight we actively encourage ongoing professional development amongst our staff not only to enable them to progress and grow within their field but to maintain the high quality of services and advice that our clients have come to expect.”

Now a qualified agricultural valuer, Sam will be sitting his next exam in the two year process, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Assessment of Professional Competency, later this spring.

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Horticultural Surveying Update

Horticultural production - glasshouse nursery

Sheldon Bosley Knight horticultural team have recently been very active in Horticultural surveying. Over the last couple of years we have sold glasshouse nurseries in Corston, Wiltshire, Harvington near Evesham and Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.

The team has also been preparing valuations for nurseries across the County.  Anthony Rowland has a combination of skills, being a fully qualified RICS Registered Valuer and a qualified and experienced Horticulturalist, having operated glasshouse nurseries involved with Hydroponic tomato production, nursery stock and bedding plant production, and micropropagation of roses.  He commented:

“It is a fascinating industry to be involved with, frighteningly complicated and extremely diverse. One minute, you are looking at a small nursery involved with plant production, the next minute you are looking at a complex modern nursery costing many millions of pounds to build.”

One of the nurseries looked at was featured on The One Show on the BBC. This involved a state of the art production facility extending to 14 acres of glasshouse under one roof. The gutters were 7m off ground level, and it was almost a completely sealed environment, all designed to maximise the production of tomatoes all year round.

The other expanding area is vertical farming, where growers are producing salads on towers, to maximise production of edible crop per square metre of production area. All the time, the growers are looking for further efficiencies to drive the cost of food production down, whilst at the same time producing some of the best quality food you will ever find. What is even better, is that this production is all happening within 30 miles of Evesham.

Commercial Nursery grower

The next big area of expansion will be production of plants for medicinal purposes. Genetic engineering, genome manipulation, and mass production of plants using tissue culture production will lead to a massive change in the medium term in the way we produce pharmaceutical drugs. This will still be regarded as horticultural production, it will be based in glasshouses, and at some stage these will need to be valued for balance sheet purposes. That is where we come onto the scene as valuers.

As specialist surveyors in this sector of the profession, we are able to advise on all aspects of tenure, valuation, and agency. As Registered RICS valuers, we are able to provide valuations for secure lending purposes and can handle the sale of nurseries across the country, particularly in the midlands.

For a free initial consultation, please call Tony Rowland on 01386 765700 or email trowland@sheldonbosleyknight.co.uk.

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Collaborative Farming Arrangements

Maintaining a profit margin in farming, particularly in these uncertain terms, is to become a higher priority for most arable farmers. Joining forces with other farmers within a sensible geographic area can deliver efficiencies to achieve this end, be that through machinery sharing or more formal collaboration agreement.

The collaboration between farmers is usually formed using a limited liability company, whereby the landowners become shareholders in the farming company responsible for farming the land. The general expectation of such arrangements is that each landowner/farmer would sell their own tractors, combines and cultivation equipment, to reinvest in equipment which is suitable for the new business, generally larger and more up-to-date. Through the sales of equipment, the shareholders would fund the investment required. Bank borrowing as needed might be secured with shareholder guarantees. The new business must be set up efficiently, structured usually with a managing director, a finance director responsible for buying and selling, an operations director making decisions on cultivation and growing the crop, an agronomist/sprayer operator, and with other staff making up the team depending on the size of the overall operation.

Such a farming company might also expect to enter into Contract Farming agreements with other farmers on a formal, or adhoc basis.

Tractor working the field

Consequences for such a change will ripple beyond the sale of equipment when comparing the old and new businesses, since these arrangements are unlikely to work when every shareholder wants to be managing director. They work only if redundancies are made and work best when there is a clear hierarchy within the company, where each of the directors is clear as to their own responsibility and are chosen having regard to the skills that they offer. Ideally some landowners, or farmers wishing to retire, would be included in the arrangement such that there is sufficient land available to farm not overburdened with existing staff or overheads.

The farming company effectively acts as a contractor to each landowner/shareholder, and often the remuneration to each landowner is equalised where block cropping is adopted for the benefit of the company (provided this is consistent with crop diversification rules under BPS) and sharing drying costs, for example where disadvantages in having a larger farm are exposed in a wet summer. Sensible adjustments can be made, for example where the yield potential on one farm is greater than another.

The aims of each business are therefore secured on the back of an efficient farming operation, with an additional return to the landowner for the shareholding reflecting their ownership of the business.

Differences in each holding can be allowed for, for example where the landowner retains management responsibility for a Stewardship Scheme. Any arrangement of this nature also needs to include a clear exit strategy for any shareholder wishing to withdraw.

Sheldon Bosley Knight can assist to draw farmers together to facilitate a collaborative venture. For more information contact a member of the team on 01789 387887.

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SHELDON BOSLEY KNIGHT TURNS THE KEY ON NEW HEAD OFFICE

Sheldon Bosley Knight new Head Office Stratford upon Avon

Sheldon Bosley Knight is cementing its position at the leading edge of local Land & Property Professionals with the opening of a new central Head Office to provide unrivalled expertise under one roof.

The move follows the mergers of Sheldon Bosley with Knight & Rennie and Timothy Lea & Griffiths, and will see more than half of the company’s staff under one roof at Celixir House in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Sheldon Bosley Knight new Head Office Stratford upon Avon Celixir House

Sales and lettings offices will remain open and fully supported in their current towns of Stratford-upon-Avon, Shipston-on-Stour, Leamington Spa, Kenilworth and Evesham.

The new Head Office, on the Stratford Business & Technology Park, will be home to Sheldon Bosley Knight’s extensive professional service teams – Planning & Architectural, Commercial, Rural Land Agency and Block Management – as well as Office Administration.

Bringing these key divisions together under one roof will allow the company to work as one team.

By working more closely, staff can share resources, knowledge and expertise to improve services for clients, as Director Marcus Faulkner says:

This is a landmark moment for Sheldon Bosley Knight.

“Having more than half our staff under one roof will enable us to optimise internal operations and improve our services to the benefit of our clients.  With our multi-discipline approach, wide geographical reach and unrivalled local knowledge, Sheldon Bosley Knight provides a comprehensive range of property services coupled with a highly personalised service to support all your property needs.

The new Head Office will also be more accessible for clients and staff, a modern new base to look to the future, for a company with more than 150 years of heritage.

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Perseverance Pays Off for a Challenging Property Sale

A few weeks ago a property sale was completed via our Kenilworth residential sales team. Nothing unusual about that, except that this was no ordinary sale, and proved very challenging for our team.

Sheldon Bosley Knight in Kenilworth listed the property for sale in February 2018 after the owner had tried and failed to sell it via a competitor.  Over the following months our sales team conducted 50 viewings and received 18 offers, 4 of which were accepted.

This resulted in 798 file notes by our dedicated team to ensure that all relevant activities, conversations, viewings etc, were properly recorded.

During the selling process, the property was rented out via our Leamington Lettings team to the eventual buyers, who were the original buyers but had had to pull out due to a change in circumstances.

Eventually, 6 months after the property was initially listed, the sale completed.

This was a true collaboration between our Kenilworth Sales team and Leamington Lettings team, and proved that perseverance really does pay off.

The delighted client said afterwards “My property proved very challenging & Meryl, Mike & Karen pulled out all the stops working as a professional, competent team. Nothing was ever too much trouble. [I] highly recommend SBK.”

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Equestrian Property Update

Horse and field

Our specialist Equestrian department have been busy over the past 12 months and currently have a number of Equestrian properties both on the market and under offer, ranging from pony paddocks, to larger Equestrian properties offering the competitive rider a superb range of facilities.

Properties currently on the market include a 5 bedroom stone-built property with first class stabling, manege and 4 acre field that is available to rent opposite and a brand new, highly contemporary, barn conversation with considerable equestrian potential.

Equestrian homes are hard to come by and quite often the house is of less importance than the facilities that a property holds. A recent article in Horse and Hound reported that venues up and down the country are putting large sums of investment money into improving their competition facilities for riders.

The report stated that many competition centres are choosing to enlarge their outdoor arenas to enable year round events and are investing a lot of research and money into the right surfaces for these arenas. We see this as encouraging for the Equestrian Property market, as it shows that there is a growing interest in Equestrian sport, and therefore Equestrian homes.

We remain an affiliated agent of Equestrian Property 4 Sale, and are delighted to report that our sponsorship continues with Event and Dressage riders Owen Cooper and Katie Richards, and we are also a sponsor of Allen’s Hill Competition Centre, based in Pershore, Worcestershire.

If you have an Equestrian property to sell or rent, or would like to diversify your farm or smallholding into an Equestrian property, or perhaps even have ideas on setting up a competition centre, our dedicated department are able to offer advice on all aspects from sales and lettings through to planning and diversification.

Visit our web page https://www.sheldonbosleyknight.co.uk/rural/#Equestrian or call the team on 01789 387887

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Well-Deserved Praise for Residential Lettings Team

Sue Maaz, Residential Lettings, Sheldon Bosley KnightWe are always delighted when we receive positive feedback from our customers and were especially pleased when we heard from one of our long standing landlord clients.

The Sheldon Bosley Knight office in Shipston have been acting as the managing agent for this client since 1997 when the site was originally purchased and a number of flats were marketed for rental.

Our client is a busy builder/developer and over the past 22 years Sue Maaz and her team have managed the properties, dealing with the various tenants, inbound and outbound, as well as periodic refurbishments.

Sue and her team always take pride in the service they provide and it was a pleasure to receive the following note from our client:

“As one of your landlords I have dealt with your Shipston Office since 1997 when we purchased the above site. 

Your staff have always given a good service, but over recent years it has got even better. Whenever I speak to one of the team I always express my appreciation for all they do. But I am writing this to let you know how very pleased we are.

Due to too many commitments elsewhere over the past few years, I have not been as involved as I would like to have been, as a result I just leave everything to the team to deal with, this is a great help to me – and they make the right decisions.

Recently I met with Sue Maaz at Flat 3. I understand that she has been the main coordinator of the refurbishment, which looks very crisp and bright and well thought out. I am very grateful, as I know being a builder/developer, that even a small refurbishment takes a lot of organising.”

For more information about the Sheldon Bosley Knight residential lettings and property management service please visit our Lettings page.

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Seminar on the Diversification Opportunities for Agricultural Buildings

Diversification Opportunities for Agricultural Buildings - Daniel Jackson

Tony Rowland, Sheldon Bosley Knight 24.09.19The Sheldon Bosley Knight Planning Team were delighted to present another Rural Diversification Seminar in conjunction with Warwickshire Rural Hub, Rosconn Strategic Land and Quality Solicitors Parkinson Wright.

Hosted by Deer Park Hall & Business Centre near Pershore, the Seminar was Chaired by James Walton, Director of Sheldon Bosley Knight, who gave the welcome address and introduced the speakers.

Daniel Jackson, Director from our Stratford office explained the Class Q permitted development rules and gave some examples, followed by Daniel O’Donnell of Rosconn who gave the audience an insight into Promotion Agreements.  Tony Rowland, Director from our Evesham office discussed the aspects of commercial letting of agricultural buildings followed by Douglas Godwin of Parkinson Wright who addressed the potential legal pitfalls.

James Walton Sheldon Bosley Knight 24.09.19It was a very informative morning with plenty of opportunity for Q&A from the audience who were all keen to learn about the diversification opportunities for agricultural buildings.

Sheldon Bosley Knight would like to thank all those attended, and Deer Park for providing the venue and refreshments.

For more information or advice regarding rural diversification options, please contact our Planning Team on 01789 387887.

 

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Team Sheldon Bosley Knight in the Stratford Big 10K

Team Sheldon Bosley Knight - Stratford Big 10K 2019

A team of keen, and some not so keen, runners from Sheldon Bosley Knight completed the Stratford Big 10K in September .

The team looked very smart in their T-shirts provided by Summit Sports & Work Wear, and afterwards enjoyed a well-earned drink and refreshments in the sunshine.

There is talk of a repeat next year so watch this space!

Sheldon Bosley Knight Stratford Big 10K

Sheldon Bosley Knight Stratford Big 10K - Model Mark Treadwell

Sheldon Bosley Knight Stratford Big 10K t-shirt and logo