CHARTERED SURVEYORS, LAND AGENTS, ESTATE AGENTS, COMMERCIAL AGENTS, LETTING AGENTS, RICS REGISTERED VALUERS
Professional Services
Professional Services

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Contact
emailOliver Harwood
01342 305834


emailGeorge Back
01342 305824


emailRobert Windle
01798 344554

Financial and Tax Planning

Inheritance Tax and Agricultural Property Relief, Corporation tax and Capital Allowances, as Chartered Surveyors we have a working knowledge of tax as it relates to many aspects of the property world. Whether it is tax planning or providing valuations, we are able to advise on key components of this complex area. Often we work in conjunction with clients’ accountants and tax specialists to help deliver efficient solutions for your business.

Rural Diversification

Farmers and estate owners have long since recognised that agriculture and forestry cannot always sustain the demands from ever increasing financial pressures and have had to look elsewhere for additional revenue. Working with you and your advisers we can bring our considerable experience to assess and appraise options for alternative enterprises that meet your individual requirements. Whether these are holiday lets, business units, equine ventures or fishing lakes, we can steer you through the options.

Renewable Energy

Successive governments have placed great emphasis on reducing the reliance on fossil fuels and in the South East we are well placed to take advantage of many alternatives that present themselves be it solar, wind, ground source, biomass, anaerobic digestion or hydro. In this fast-evolving field, we have advised and installed renewable energy schemes for many clients and we can steer you through the process and establish the availability of Feed in Tariffs or the Renewable Heat Incentive and the possible savings in energy costs.

Compulsory Purchase

As a land owner or occupier you may well be subject to approaches from utility companies or a statutory authority for the installation of infrastructure or a requirement for land under their compulsory powers. We have negotiated compensation on behalf of clients in connection with schemes involving installations on land and also acquisitions of land for a wide range of developments. We understand the complexities of these situations and can ensure that your best interests are protected, generally at very little cost to yourself.

Town and Country Planning

Whether you are a home owner or run a diversified rural enterprise you cannot get away from the requirement to deal with the local planning authority.  You may need to establish what qualifies as permitted development or want to convert buildings to other uses or to understand the requirements of listed building consent. At RH & RW Clutton we are here to assist.  As we move ahead with planning policy and are now governed by the new National Planning Policy Framework, we are keen to share with clients our considerable expertise in the area of Town & County Planning.

Forestry

The South East of England is one of the most wooded areas of the United Kingdom and with our extensive involvement in the area we have considerable experience in the management of the woodland resource. There is a growing realisation that timber as a heat source has a considerable value and Government incentives exist in order to aid the establishment of biomass and woodchip installations. The English Woodland Grant Scheme administered by the Forestry Commission is a source of funding for this as is the Renewable Heat Incentive.

We can advise on the management of your woodlands from planting right through to harvesting and the sale of timber as well as the opportunities for diversification into sporting or leisure enterprises.

If you are interested in buying woodland to take advantage of its favourable tax treatment we are able to advise you as we handle the sale and purchase of woodlands throughout the south east.

Easements and Wayleaves

Pylons, gas pipelines, and rights of way - the ownership of land or property can involve the requirement for a third party, be it a private individual or a statutory body to pass over, on or under your land.  This can result in payments for these legal rights and we can advise you on these aspects.

Property Management

Effective property management can be an onerous and time-consuming task for property and rural estate owners.  Our management services are supported by a dedicated accounts department dealing with rent collection, processing of service charges and recovery of expenses. This means you can confidently hand over responsibility to us, leaving you more time to concentrate on other aspects of your business.

Property Management forms the core of our expertise, whether it is a house open to the public, a newly built retirement home, a holiday home or a portfolio of commercial property we can offer you extensive expertise in property management, gained by acting on behalf of clients ranging from private investors to major investment companies and charities. Our success is based on a commitment to protect and enhance the income stream and asset value of our clients’ holdings, and anticipating and avoiding problems before they escalate.

Telecommunications

The Telecommunications world is an ever changing one, from the heady days when a myriad of telephone companies were looking to establish masts on land we are now faced with a much smaller number of multinational companies who are amalgamating their sites and addressing the changing requirements for the 3G and new 4G networks. We have the expertise and experience to advise you in the management of these sites and rental values and on the returns being achieved on the sale of these sites.

Valuation

We undertake valuation work on a regular basis, be it in relation to a requirement for secured lending, probate, tax planning and financial advice or compulsory purchase and in matrimonial disputes. We are on the panel of various financial institutions and can carry out RICS Red Book valuations or give informal appraisals as to value.

All our valuers are members of the RICS Valuer Registration Scheme, and we pride ourselves on producing well written reports meeting your timescales.

Landlord and Tenant

Management of land and property requires expertise in the many different Landlord and Tenant Acts which govern the way that land and property is let. We have considerable expertise in advising at rent reviews and on the letting of residential and commercial properties or land. In most cases we can prepare legal agreements in agreed formats for the letting of land and property.

Expert Witness

There will be occasions where there is a requirement for an expert in the property world to give advice at formal hearings in matrimonial or neighbourhood disputes or in other contexts. We have a track record of successfully representing our client’s interests in these sorts of matters .

Agricultural Tenancies

We manage many thousands of acres of agricultural land throughout the South and East of the country. A large proportion of the land is let on tenancies governed by the Agricultural Holdings Act or the Agricultural Tenancies Act legislation. Therefore we have considerable knowledge of the requirements of these Acts in relation to succession issues, rent review, and the service of notices. We also deal extensively with agricultural rent reviews and arbitration.

Environmental Schemes

The Government put in place a number of schemes from the, now closed, Countryside Stewardship Scheme to the Higher Level Scheme. These ensure that features of environmental interest are protected and enhanced. Such schemes provide a valuable source of income to land owners and farmers and we can provide advice on the suitability of land for inclusion in these schemes and the management of existing agreements.

Sporting

Many estates have an involvement with country sports ranging from small walked up wild bird shoots to right up to the larger scale driven days. In addition, deer stalking is a growing source of revenue. We can advise on the development of your land for a shoot of any size or for letting to a local syndicate. If you are fortunate enough to have a river or lakes on your land we can give advice on their potential for fishing.

Farm Business Consultancy

The requirement to improve returns on your farming operation mean that outside expertise is often called upon and we are able to give advice, particularly in relation to the submission of returns for Single Farm Payment and advice on purchase of entitlement. This is a fast moving area as we move ahead to CAP reform and it is important for farming business to protect their entitlements.

Building Surveying

RH & RW Clutton provides Building Surveying expertise to assist clients with the design, refurbishment and improvement of their properties providing award winning conversions of farm buildings and many different types of property, whilst ensuring good design and value for money. Using the latest computer technology allows our team to provide cost effective services for all types of building design and allows us to help with anything from a site survey to a fully managed building project.

 

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