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.



Payment Window Extension to 16 October 2016

DEFRA has not yet confirmed whether this payment window extension will take place but it is likely that England and Scotland will both want to make use of the extended penalty free period. However the RPA are continuing to make Basic Payment 2015 claims regardless of whether or not the extension takes place

If you have not received your 2015 Basic Payment and you are experiencing extreme hardship you can contact the Farming Community Network (FCN). You can email them or call them on 03000 111 999 and their lines are open from 7 am to 11 pm every day. The people at FCN are all volunteers and are farmers or who have been previously linked with agriculture and can sympathise with problems farmers are now facing.

Top ups to Bridging Payments

If you have received a bridging payment, the Rural Payment Agency is continuing to make top up payments and this should be followed by your Claim Statement. The majority of payments should have been completed by 30 June 2016. However you should be aware that as with the 50% bridging payments the top up payment will be issued on the basis of what the RPA’s sytem believes the current BPS 2015 claim value to be. This may not always be correct and if your top up payment is incorrect please email You must quote your trading name and SBI number in the subject.

Correction Payments

RPA are finalizing arrangements for BPS 2015 correction payments to be calculated and issued (reconciliation payments). If you have sent a letter or emailed them earlier this year with a query it is hoped that the RPA should be addressing the reconciliation payments shortly.

If you have been affected by any one the above or you think your payment is incorrect then please contact Vickers & Barrass for further assistance.


516 Acres (208.85 ha) or thereabouts of grazing land available on a Grazing Licence for cattle and sheep from 11 July 2016 to 15 October 2016 for cattle and from 11 July 2016 to 1 March 2017 for sheep.

Available as a whole or in 3 lots

Lot 1 258.53 acres (104.59 ha) or thereabouts

Lot 2 194.06 acres (78.43 ha) or thereabouts

Lot 3 63.79 acres (25.80 ha) or thereabouts

Tenders are invited by 12 noon on 4 July 2016 on the appropriate tender form.

For further information please contact Adam Barrass


Vickers and Barrass will be in attendance at Northumberland County Show and Wolsingham Show in conjunction with DFAM and pleased to sponsor Eastgate Sheep Show and Stanhope Show. We would like to wish everyone good luck during the show season and welcome clients to enjoy our hospitality at the Northumberland County and Wolsingham.

Northumberland County Show Website

Wolsingham Show Website


Basic Payment Scheme claims for 2016 may be submitted online using the Rural Payment service or you can obtain a BP5 form from the RPA. Hopefully later this week it may be possible to begin the process.

You can now view and change your personal and business details and transfer entitlements online and hopefully around mid-March you claim can be submitted.

If you registered for BPS in 2015 there is no need to re-register. If you are a new applicant and have not previously registered you must contact the RPA on 03000 200 301. Once you have registered and received your Customer Registration Number (CRN) you must then sign into the Rural Payments Services enter the CRN and security number and then create your own password. Once you have completed this stage you will then be able to see your own details, your land parcels and the entitlements you hold. The business details must be checked and any persons not connected/or who has left the business can be removed. Additional people can be added to your business providing they have a CRN number.

Your land and entitlements can also be viewed on line together with your land parcels associated with your SBI. Each parcel has been listed as arable, permanent grassland, permanent crops or non-agricultural land and will show the eligible area you can claim for BPS.

If you submitted an RLE 1 to remove an ineligible feature this work may not have been completed and may not be shown your maps. If the work has not been completed then an exclamation icon should be displayed next to the land parcel. You do not need to submit a further RLE 1.

Your maps can be printed but only by individual field basis. Last year the RPA sent a full set of RLR maps and where possible these should be used again for your 2016 BPS claim. However if there have been any mapping issues then it is recommended that you print the field from the land viewer. The key things to check are the land parcel is associated with your SBI, if you have submitted and RLE 1 to check the amendments have been carried out or not. If there are further changes you need to make print off the field parcel from the land viewer and make the amendments/drawing on the map. You must also complete an RLE 1 form and this should be submitted to the RPA prior to 16 May 2016. We would strongly recommend you take copies and send your RLE 1 forms and maps Royal Mail Special Delivery.

If you are transferring land it is advisable to transfer the land on line and should transfer from one party to the other overnight. If you are transferring part of a field then you will need to complete and RLE 1. Only whole fields can be transferred on line.

The RPA have confirmed that claim statements will be sent out via post unlike the entitlement statements, these are available to view on line. The transfer of entitlements can also be completed on line. The deadline for transferring entitlements is 16 May 2016.

If you would like further information please do not hesitate to contact the Tow Law Office.

For further information regarding Common land and shared grazing:

The Rural Payments Agency has confirmed that you can apply on line and submit your 2016 Basic Payment application from 19 March. For 2016 BP scheme rules go to



Approximately 55 acres of productive grassland to let which is suitable for mowing and grazing sheep only. The land benefits from good secure road frontage access and mains water.

The land is to be let on a seasonal grazing licence from 1 April 2016 to 30 November 2016.

Tenders are invited by 12 noon on 18 March 2016 on the appropriate tender form.

For full details and to register your intentions to view please email or telephone our office at Tow Law 01388 730095


The LEADER Scheme is a part of the Rural Development Programme for (RPDE) and is funded by the European Agricultural Fund which for Rural Development (EAFRD). Under LEADER, Local Action Groups (LAGs) can allocate funding to local businesses and organisations to help carrying projects which help create jobs in the rural area.

Money is awarded to LAG which can be given to local businesses and organisations that apply for it. The Rural Payment Agency (RPA) manages the LEADER scheme nationally and will make the payments to successful applicants.

Applications can be made by private, public businesses or voluntary organisations such as:

  • Farmers
  • Growers
  • Foresters
  • Other rural businesses
  • Someone wanting to start a business

Grants are available for a range of activities which support at least one of the six LEADER priorities.

  • Support to increase farm productivity
  • Support for micro and small businesses (non-agricultural) and farm diversification
  • Support for rural tourism
  • Provisions of rural services
  • Support for cultural and heritage activity
  • Support for increasing forestry productivity

Follow the links for more information on support to increase farm productivity.

LEADER Equipment for Farm Productivity

MAGIC Postcode Checker UG

NPD Handbook FINAL


Natural England’s payment window is between 31 December 2015 and 30 June 2016 for the environmental stewardship scheme. Claimants should be aware of potential tax issues when gaining payments this is due to payments falling in different tax years or two payments into one tax year.


From February the land viewer for the 2016 Basic Payment Scheme should be available to view digital maps and aerial photography of clients' land online. Unlike in 2015 land cannot be edited and a RLE1 must still be completed however land can now be transferred online. Maps can be printed for the farmer’s use however this system is only able to print one map at a time instead of large parts of the farm steading on one map. At the current time, the RPA will not post or email out full sets of maps as the Land Parcel Identification System (LPIS, formerly the RLR) is being updated in readiness for the Land Viewer being made available.


The RPA have made a further 3,472 payments to claimants making a total 61,172 payments (over 70%) on 27 January 2016. The total value of payments made now stands at over £845 million out of an estimated total fund of £1.43 billion (this was £779 million as at 19th January 2016).

The RPA is also now aware of several instances where it seems either an under or over payment has been made for BPS 2015. As claim statements are being sent out more cases of this nature will undoubtedly emerge. Everyone is asked to check any claim statement they receive to ensure they have received the correct payment.

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