The conversion of farm buildings into dwellings is being hampered by confusing legislation, leaving many farmers frustrated.
Turning agricultural buildings into homes was meant to be easier with the introduction of Class MB permitted development rights (PDRs) introduced in April 2014.
Oxfordshire, Devon and Northumberland offer farmland opportunities this week.
A substantial 665-acre predominantly arable farm near Oundle, Northamptonshire, is for sale in 21 lots or as a whole for £7.8m.
A contract farming agreement covers the 512 acres of wheat, spring barley and oilseed rape at Green Farm, while 69 acres of permanent pasture is grazed under licence.
The Tenant Farmers’ Association is campaigning for a minimum 10-year term for Farm Business Tenancies, along with tax changes to encourage this. CLA chief surveyor Andrew Shirley sets out the landowners’ case for more choice and fewer restrictions.
Interest in small- and medium-scale solar is growing, both for farmer-owned sites and lease projects.
With the recent focus on getting some of the much larger (5MW-plus) projects up and running before a change in the way these are supported takes effect, developers have often overlooked opportunities for 1-2MW sites, says Giles Hanglin, director at Savills Energy .
The Environment Agency is reviewing the flood risk around the English coastline from high waves.
It says some of its existing maps may underestimate the risks to coastal communities.
An opportunity to buy a well-equipped, self-contained farm with 317 acres of land that suits mixed or dairy/arable farming has arisen with the sale of Barnhills Farm, Kirkcolm, near Stranraer.
The coastal farm is being run as an arable and beef enterprise, but is also renowned as an excellent dairy farm, said agent Matthew Bell of H&H Land and Property.
The troubled Co-operative Group has sold its farms business for £249m to health charity the Wellcome Trust.
The Co-op said it will now focus on its core retail and consumer divisions, including food, insurance and legal services, and its funeral business.
It will use the sale cash to reduce debt and invest in its core businesses.
The sale includes 39,533 acres of land, 15 farms, more than 100 residential properties, as well as some 27 commercial properties.
Britain is running out of land for food and faces a potential shortfall of two million hectares by 2030 according to new research.
The report, from the University of Cambridge, says the growing population plus the use of land for energy crops are contributing to the gap.
It criticises the government's lack of a coherent vision on how to make the most of UK farm land.
A well-placed residential arable and pasture farm in Bedfordshire is coming to the market after being farmed by the same family since 1928.
RP Burton & Partners is selling Wood End Farm because of retirement and ill health. This was a mixed arable and dairy business in the past, with the pedigree Holstein Friesian herd being sold in 2001.
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