Preparation is the ‘Key to Success’

Preparation is the ‘Key to Success’
Whilst it is no doubt nice to be able to look back on what, for many, has been a successful year in the farming calendar, with all commodity prices showing significant gains on recent years, as everyone in agriculture is aware, this shouldn't mask the changes that we all face in terms of the pending start to the reduction in the payments received u...
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Farming Investment Fund Opens

Farming Investment Fund Opens
 DEFRA have launched the Farming Investment Fund. The Fund is made up of 2 strands – The Farming Equipment and Technology Fund and The Farming Transformation Fund. The grant is aimed at providing farmers, growers, and foresters with support to invest in the things which will improve productivity and help improve animal health and welfare and r...
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Where There is Muck There is Brass

Where There is Muck There is Brass
Optimising use of organic manure not only benefits soil structure and health, but can also save a small fortune in artificial fertilizer costs. With nitrogen prices spiralling ever upwards at present and reaching heights which make you wince, now is the time to look to ensure you are making optimal use of the organic manure which you produce on you...
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Do Not Leave Matters Until the Last Minute to Maximise Benefit and Return

Do Not Leave Matters Until the Last Minute to Maximise Benefit and Return
As we all know, things in farming are changing. BPS is reducing, starting with this year's payment. If you have had an HLS / ELS agreement, then these have either come to an end, or will do within the next couple of years. The Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot has been launched this year, with different elements being rolled out over the next cou...
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Time to sell with PFK Land Agency?

Time to sell with PFK Land Agency?
As the nights draw in, and autumn is heading our way fast, you don't immediately think of selling property, but if this is something you are thinking about, then now is the time to start planning. The rural property market is very buoyant at present, with demand being shown from a multitude of different property buyers, so if you are thinking about...
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New Graduate Land Agent appointed at PFK Land Agency

New Graduate Land Agent appointed at PFK Land Agency
We are delighted to announce the appointment of James Martin to our Land Agency and Professional Services team, after having completed his Masters Degree in Rural Estate Management at the University of Aberdeen. James grew up in Cumbria and attended Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, just around the corner from our Penrith office. After moving away to...
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Assured Shorthold Tenancies – What to Know

Assured Shorthold Tenancies – What to Know
Drawing up a tenancy agreement is often a difficult task – here's what you need to know: The most common form of tenancy used for residential properties is an Assured Shorthold Tenancy, most commonly referred to as an AST. Since 1997 all new tenancies in the UK are Assured Shorthold Tenancies by default unless agreed otherwise. AST's must also meet...
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Changing Times

Changing Times
 David Stout writes on how those in the rural sector can take advantage of the changing times. I'm sure I'm far from alone when saying that for most of us involved in agriculture and the rural sector generally this feels like a highly significant time for us all. Much continues to be written and said about how the changes to the support system...
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RICS Rural Conference 2021

On Wednesday 7th July 2021, our Land Agency team virtually attended the annual RICS Rural Conference. The agenda focused heavily on the future of the UKs agricultural policy, with key speakers including Victoria Prentis MP, Farming Minister, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Farming, Fisheries and Food, DEFRA and Lord Callanan Parliamentar...
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'Carpe Diem'

'Carpe Diem'
 My friends in the Midlands tell me that the housing market there has recently been all but frantic. Perfectly ordinary houses (their words, not mine!) attracted numerous viewings almost as soon as they were listed. Was it the urge to benefit from the tail-end of the Chancellor's reduction in stamp duty, even though it was already partially wi...
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Environment Act 2021

Environment Act 2021
 New legislation has been passed which will seek to protect and enhance our environment for future generations. Through the Act, the Government will aim to clean up the country's air, restore natural habitats, increase biodiversity, reduce waste and make better use of our resources. It is hoped that the Act will halt the decline in species by ...
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Adding Value with PFK Planning & Development

Adding Value with PFK Planning & Development
PFK is the only business of its kind in Cumbria to employ RTPI qualified Chartered Town Planners. Town Planners have the professional skills to understand complex legislation, to find solutions to difficult property-related challenges, to negotiate and advocate for good outcomes and project manage the planning process. This article will take a look...
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Self-Build Housing - Solution to the UK Housing Crisis or Grand Design Dream?

Self-Build Housing - Solution to the UK Housing Crisis or Grand Design Dream?
The Government recently commissioned an independent review into self-build housing. The Bacon Review, published on 21 August 2021, sets out a range of recommendations for how the delivery of self-build housing can be improved. Among the recommendations contained in the review are a "small sites programme" which would encourage local authorities and...
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Forest School

FOREST SCHOOL?It’s discouraging to discover that for years, I’ve been misunderstanding a well-known English saying. But maybe, just maybe, I haven’t. ...
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New Estate Agency Manager appointed at PFK Penrith

Penrith Farmers and Kidd’s PLC are pleased to announce the appointment of the new Penrith Estate Agency Manager, Daniel Brown.Daniel began his career ...
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New Estate Agency Manager appointed at PFK Carlisle

Penrith Farmers and Kidd’s PLC are pleased to announce the appointment of the new Carlisle Estate Agency Manager, Tessa Milner.Tessa lives in Greysout...
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Our Guide to Occupancy Clauses

Our Guide to Occupancy Clauses
In this week's blog, Kayleigh will provide her insight into occupancy clauses. The existence of a occupancy clause, either local occupancy or agricult...
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How to Secure Planning Approval for Residential Development of Agricultural Land

How to Secure Planning Approval for Residential Development of Agricultural Land
The planning system in England and Wales is supposed to be ‘plan led.’ That means there is a legal requirement for every council in England and Wales ...
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Stamp Duty Holiday Extended

Properties up to £500,000 will benefit with stamp duty holiday being extended until 30th June and then from 1st July until end of September stamp duty...
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Our Guide to the Planning Requirements for Short-Term Holiday Letting Accommodation

Our Guide to the Planning Requirements for Short-Term Holiday Letting Accommodation
In this blog, Kayleigh Lancaster (Planning Specialist) provides her advice on whether planning permission could be required for the use of existing ho...
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PFK Estate Agency in Carlisle, Cumbria

Head Office, Agricultural Hall, Skirsgill, Penrith, CA11 0DN