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.
As a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) regulated firm and Adam Barrass being a RICS Registered Valuer, Vickers & Barrass are able to offer formal RICS Valuation Professional Standards (the Red Book) valuation reports for a variety of purposes.
Landlord and Tenant Matters
Vickers & Barrass are happy to deal with any landlord and tenant issues associated with agriculture from drafting new tenancy agreements to dealing with end of tenancy matters.
EU Farm Subsidies & Grants
Vickers & Barrass are able to arrange Farm Environmental Plans (FEP’s) and offer a start to finish service, whilst also being placed to advise existing organic farmers and those thinking of going organic or entering into Environmental Stewardship agreements.
Compulsory Purchase & Utilities Company Compensation Claims
Vickers & Barrass have experience of dealing with government authority’s compulsory purchasing land and property from client’s and are able to negotiate accordingly in relation to any compulsory purchase matter.
Vickers and Barrass are able to provide advice and complete planning applications relating to country planning. This service is complemented by being able to negotiate with developers on behalf of landowners where they are looking to develop greenfield and brownfield sites for future development.
Farm Dispersal Sales
Vickers & Barrass can offer a service unlike few others, we can deal with whole farm dispersal including property, machinery and livestock by working with the team and expert knowledge of those at Darlington Farmers Auction Mart, who can provide the support for any on farm dispersal sale.
Vickers & Barrass can assist in trying to simplify the renewable energy sector which can be a minefield to understand. We are able to offer independent advice, about all renewable energy, however we have significant experience in dealing with wind turbines.
Although few new telecommunication masts are being installed, many existing leases are starting to come to an end. Telecoms providers are now wishing to re-negotiate the terms and Vickers & Barrass are able to draw on the knowledge of being involved when leases were first negotiated.
Farm Services & Estate Management
Full management of farm records can be undertaken at client requests along with dealing with any other day to day requirement’s farming clients may have. Vickers & Barrass carry out an estate management role on a number of private estates.
Vickers & Barrass have a wealth of experience in dealing with coal site surface mining options in the North East of England, particularly in Northumberland and County Durham. We can negotiate options, leases, and sales along with the management of a number of schemes.
Vickers and Barrass can provide expert witness reports and are experienced in dealing with disputes from an initial enquiry through to court proceedings.
DEFRA has published a further CAP Leaflet (14 August 2014) giving more detail on the greening requirements in England, this can can be accessed by clicking on greening requirements link below. In addition to this DEFRA has also published further updated guidance on the CAP reform and the implementation of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) which can be accessed by clicking on the link BPS Update link below.
The Secretary of State has today (10 June 2014) announced the environmental actions that farmers have to make to receive the greening part of their CAP payment. This includes details of how existing ES agreements will be affected by greening and double funding and builds on the Defra greening leaflet which was published on 9 June 2014.
The announcement also provided details on the plans for the next Rural Development Programme being submitted to the European Commission, including proposals for the new environmental land management scheme.
A summary of the information is now available on http://www.gov.uk/cap-reform.
Vickers & Barrass welcomed existing and new clients to the stand at Northumberland County Show to enjoy our hospitality. This hospitality is extended to Wolsingham Show on the 6th September 2014 where we will be in attendance to discuss any query you may have.
Single Payment Scheme application forms are due to be submitted to the Rural Payments Agency by the 15th May 2014, and submissions after this date may result in penalties. If you require any assistance with your 2014 application please contact the office.
The Woodland Trust is offering funding for landowners who wish to plant new hedgerows on their land through a “Trees in Hedgerows Scheme”
To qualify for the new scheme the hedge must link with areas of existing woodland and you will need to plant at least 100m of new hedge (up to a maximum of 750m per applicant). The Woodland Trust is offering a subsidy of 60% against the total cost of the planting and guards (no funding will be available to fund fencing or contractors). The Trust can only fund more than 250m of hedgerow in conjunction with additional woodland creation.
The density and composition for the project is standardised and applications are now been considered. For any further information email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone our Tow Law office on 01388 730095
During December Defra will have contacted you regarding the annual Sheep & Goat Inventory. The number of sheep and goats on your holding on 1 December 2013 must be recorded. Tups must be included in this total.
This must be completed and submitted to Defra by the end of December. Guidance states “It is an offence under law not to submit your Annual Inventory. Failure to submit your inventory will increase your chance of cross compliance inspection in future years”. There will be no reminders sent to you and Vickers and Barrass strongly recommend you complete this form. We will be happy to assist if any further information is required.
The Soil Protection Books must be updated by 31 December 2013. Please ensure all books/maps are updated from 1 January – 31 December 2013. If you have purchased land during 2013 it is important that this land is added to your records. The Rural Payments Agency is now carrying out visits solely to inspect Soil Protection Books. Vickers and Barrass would urge all clients to update their books. Failure to produce an updated book at inspection may result in a 5% deduction from all subsidies claimed. Please call at our office in Tow Law or our office at Darlington Farmers Auction Mart (Monday & Thursday). Alternatively you can email email@example.com if you require any advice regarding the Soil Protection Book.