Agriculture & Rural Property

Publish date

8 February 2024

Agriculture round-up – February 2024

Welcome to Thomson Snell & Passmore’s latest newsletter. This month we have included various updates from across our Agricultural & Rural Property sector team.

We look at diversification and net zero and its impact on tax reliefs for agricultural land, how the Government has responded since the publication of the Rock Review in 2022 and there is a guide to the key dates coming up for Biodiversity Net Gain in England.

In addition, we look into the UK Farming Schemes upgrade, explore the growing attraction of English made wines, the rise in agroforestry, and how to make sure your affairs are in order so that you can protect your loved ones.

As always, if you have any questions about these or any other topics, please do get in touch.

Diversification and net zero – the implications of installing solar and/or wind power on agricultural land

With the push to make the country net zero, farmland is regularly being taken out of production and given over to solar farms or wind turbines. Esther Lee looks at the tax implications of diversifying agricultural land.

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How has the Government responded to help tenant farmers since the Rock Review?

Following the Rock Review’s published findings in October 2022, Kate Cairnes looks at what measures have been introduced and further measures which the Government has also committed to.

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Key dates for Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) in England

The deadlines for when developments will have to deliver net gains for biodiversity are looming. From 12 February 2024, BNG will be compulsory for new planning applications for major development made under the Town and Country Planning Act (TCPA) 1990. Kate Jardine explains some of the key dates coming up.

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The growing attraction of English wine making

With 2024 set to be a record breaking harvest for English wine, Katherine Morgan looks at the rapid expansion of locally produced wine.

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The rise in agroforestry

There two main types of agroforestry – silvoarable (integrating trees with crops) and silvopasture (integrating trees with animal production). Oli Appelboam Meadows briefly explores the benefits of agroforestry and the possible incentives.

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UK Farming Schemes upgrade

On 4 January 2024, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Steve Barclay, announced the biggest upgrade to UK farming schemes since Brexit. But what is on the table? Rob Trench explores.

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Dying tidily: How to ensure your affairs are in order

Many people want to ensure that when they die, their estate is in good order for their loved ones. In a recent article for The Telegraph, Fiona Higgott provides essential tips for a seamless transition, minimising the stress for your loved ones during a challenging period.

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