Vickers and Barrass is a firm of Rural Chartered Surveyors offering a professional land agency service throughout the North East of England.
The business was established by Harry Vickers in 1973 and in September 2012 it was acquired by Darlington Farmers Auction Mart Limited to expand their range of services. TH Vickers Limited trading as Vickers and Barrass is now fronted and managed by Adam Barrass BSC (Honours in REALM, MRICS, FAAV) and Harry Vickers (BSC FRICS) who continues to work as a consultant.

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BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME LATEST NEWS

Important update on your 2015 Basic Payment Scheme Application

Further clarification has been provided by the RPA about where pre-populated BP5 forms will be emailed.  A pre-populated BP5 form should automatically be emailed for any farmer who claimed SPS in 2013 or 2014 and has at least 5 hectares of eligible land.

The form will be emailed to the person who has "submit" BPs claims permission for the farming business on the Rural Payments system.  If there is more than one person associated with the business who has the "submit" permission then a copy of the pre-populated BP5 will be emailed to each person.

Where a Firm of Agents has been set up on the Rural Payments system, the BP5 form should be emailed to the email address held for that Firm.  If however a Firm of Agents has not been set up, a copy of the BP5 form will be emailed to each agent who has "submit" BPS claims permission.

The email addressess used will be those that were held on the system as of close of play on Saturday 11 April 2015 so any amendments now made to emails on Rural Payments will have no effect on where the pre-populated BP5 is sent.

RPA have confirmed that the deadline for submission of Basic Payment is 15 June 2015. 

ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP ANNUAL CLAIMS - SUBMISSION DEADLINE

13 April 2015

The deadline for the new annual claim submission for Environmental Stewardship has been extended to 15 June 2015.  We are awaiting confirmation from DEFRA/RPA about the wording on the declarations that states someone has checked their land on Rural Payments and will provide a further update on this website as soon as more is known.

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY SHOW

The Northumbland County Show will be held on 25 May 2015 at the Bywell Estate and we are all hoping it will by 'dry' this year.  Vickers and Barrass are sponsoring the Young Sheep Handlers and the Supreme Pedigree Beef Champion.   

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COMMON LAND POLICY UPDATE

See below for the Common Land Policy update link for significant sums of money to be reclaimed. 

BPS-commons-policy-statement.pdf

COMMON AGRICULTURAL POLICY FEBRUARY 2015 UPATE ON AVAILABLE SCHEMES

There is a new Common Argicultural Policy booklet which can be found by clicking the link below.  This has all of the lastest information which DEFRA has produced.


The new Common Agricultural Policy schemes in England: February 2015 update

THE BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME IN ENGLAND 2015
Please see the attached link.  This guidance explains the rules of the new scheme including who can claim, information on eligibility and what you can grow and do on your land.

The Basic Payment Scheme in England 2015
NEW EUROPEAN REGULATIONS
From 1 January 2015 new European Regulations came into force regarding existing Environmental Stewardship Schemes. This entails all ELS/UELS/ OELS and HLS agreement holders to submit an annual claim form to Natural England by 15 May each year for the remainder of your agreement. Further information will be sent to each agreement holder in March this year with details of how to make your annual claim; this will be a separate claim to your Basic Payment Scheme submission. It is vital that your claim is received by Natural England prior to the 15 May as there will be a reduction in your payment of 1% per working day until 9 June. Any claim submitted after 9 June will receive no payment for that year. If you have any queries regarding this please contact Pat Cotterill at the Tow Law office.
CROSS COMPLIANCE
The Farming Advice Service (FAS) has published two technical articles giving top tips on meeting the cross compliance requirements for cattle identification and registration rules and sheep and goat identification. Whilst this information is based on the cross compliance regime under SPS in 2014, the information is still useful and relevant for the new cross compliance regime in 2015.
SPS 2014 – RPA CREATES NEW RECORD ON FIRST DAY PAYMENTS
The Rural Payments Agency achieves best-ever performance on first day of payment window
2014 Single Payment Scheme payments have now commenced with the effect from 1st December 2014 and payment statements will be available 10 days from the date of remittance.
If you have any queries with your 2014 Single Payment please do not hesitate to contact Vickers and Barrass.
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