Our Recent Projects
100% of Countryside Stewardship Applications successfully offered with an agreement!
Agricultural Building to Dwelling Success!
We were approached by a local farmer regarding the possibility of converting their disused agricultural storage building into a dwelling. We advised that an application under Class Q of the General Permitted Development Order 2015 offered the best chance of success. We handled the application from start to finish, including preparing planning statements, floor plans & elevations and organising a preliminary bat roost assessment plus a further emergence survey. The application was approved subject to conditions in November 2018 and our client is over the moon with the outcome. We look forward to following the conversion project into a lovely rural home!
Natural England Stone Wall Repair Grant
We were approached by a local smallholder regarding the condition of the dry stone walls at their holding and whether any grants were available to subsidise the repair work. We advised applying for a grant under the Countryside Stewardship Hedgerows and Boundaries Grant, which pays £25/m for stone wall repair work and £3.60/m for top wiring. We prepared and submitted the application on behalf of the applicant, and in October 2018 we were notified that the application had been successful with a grant value of almost £9,000. Our client is excited to put their dry stone walling skills to the test and we look forward to seeing the end result!
Staffordshire LEADER Funding Granted
We were approached by a local organic dairy farmer regarding what types of grant were on offer for farm improvements and productivity. We advised that Staffordshire LEADER was the best route to proceed down for the nature and scale of the proposed project. After a lengthy process we successfully secured 40% LEADER grant funding in September 2018 for over £25,000 to facilitate various improvements to the dairy enterprise. The project included heat detection collars, cow mattresses, hoof trimming crush, rotating cow brush and the main investment of complete computerisation of the dairy parlour. The computerisation will provide specific information on each animal, indicating their feed to yield requirements, any detected issues and exportable reports sufficient for organic farm inspections. Our client is extremely happy with the results and we look forward to seeing the equipment being installed!
Retrospective Permission for Agricultural Livestock Building Granted!
Our clients had erected an agricultural building on their land following the need to provide winter shelter for the cattle and lambing accommodation for the sheep kept on their holding. They were unaware that they needed planning permission in order to erect the building. The building itself is a suitable, modern design, and a relatively low key addition to the existing smallholding. Chandler Watson were instructed to prepare an application highlighting the necessity of the building and to argue its use in this location. The Local Planning Authority were happy with the design and justification for the proposal. We were pleased to receive the planning approval therefore allowing our clients to keep their Agricultural Building.
If you are unsure whether you need planning permission for your project, get in touch with us using our Contact page.
Chandler Watson worked hard throughout the summer of 2018 to submit all Countryside Stewardship applications for clients all over Staffordshire and Derbyshire, collectively worth £250,000 in funding for farmers to carry out various environmental measures on their farms. It is an excellent source of additional income for our clients and provides security of a guaranteed annual payment for the next 5 years. We have now received all our applications back with 100% being offered with a 5 year agreement. Our clients are extremely happy with the extra income with very little changes to their current farming system.
If you would like to discuss a Countryside Stewardship application for your farm to commence in January 2020, please Contact us!