Petersfield Update 2018

Annual Briefing for Rural Practice Surveyors and Agricultural Valuers

The Tithe Barn

The Tithe Barn,

Ditcham, Nr Petersfield

Hampshire GU31 5RQ


Wednesday, 21st November 2018



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09:15 Registration and Coffee
09:45 Welcome to conference delegates
  David Lambley MRICS, FAAV, Chairman Agricultural Valuers Association of Hants, Wilts and Dorset
09:50 Introduction
  Chairman Morning Session: Gerard Smith BA (Hons), MRICS, FAAV, RICS Rural Professional Group Board Chairman
10:00 Glamping and its place on the working farm
  Jamie Butler, Whitewool Farm, East Meon, Petersfield
10:35 SDLT and Update on Agricultural Tax and Trust Issues
  Philip Whitcomb, Partner, Moore Blatch, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, Hampshire
11:10 Coffee
11:30 Planning Update with a focus on Class Q
  Caroline Waller, Partner, Clarke Willmott, Taunton
12:05 Questions to Panel of Morning Speakers
12:35 RICS Update
  Gerard Smith BA (Hons), MRICS, FAAV, RICS Rural Professional Group Board Chairman
12:45 Light Buffet Lunch
13:50 Introduction
  Chairman Afternoon Session: Arthur Scott, Rotherfield Park, Alton, Hampshire
14:00 Landlord and Tenant (Commercial Premises) Update for the Rural Practitioner
  Jane Lonergan, Partner & Tim Olliff-Lee, Wilsons, Salisbury
14:35 UK Agricultural Policy going forward and Update on the Agriculture Bill
  Andrew Robinson, DEFRA's Deputy Director for the Agricultural Transition Team, London
15:10 Hampshire's Chalk Rivers - current challenges to protect and enhance our precious Chalk Stream Headwaters
  Graham Roberts, Retired Ecologist, Lyme Regis
15:45 Questions to Panel of Afternoon Speakers
16:15 Tea and Disperse
  The views and opinions expressed are those of the speakers and are put forward for guidance only - anyone proposing to follow them does so at their own risk without firstly clarifying the suitablility of that advice with the speaker or another specialist in that field.




Jamie Butler

Jamie Butler came home to the family farm, near East Meon, Hampshire, in 1994.  At the time it was very much a mixed farm, with cows, pigs, sheep and arable crops but, apart from the fly fishery, which his father opened in the mid-1980’s, it was entirely farming.  Due to the volatility and challenges of farming incomes, with agreement and help from his brother and father, he set about developing Meon Springs, a non-farming business that would complement the farming activities.



Jane Lonergan

Jane Lonergan is a partner and head of Wilsons’ Commercial Team.  She specialises in commercial property with a particular emphasis on charity land transactions, as well as large and/or complicated land transactions.  Jane acts for many of the best known charities in the country, advising on the entire spectrum of property issues affecting charities as well as assisting with complicated charity restructures and charity mergers.  She is very well known in the field of charity property and contributes regularly to legal publications.  She wrote the chapter on Charity Property for the Solicitor's Journal 'Expert Guide'.  As the subject matter expert, Jane lectures other legal professionals (both solicitors and barristers) on both commercial property and charity property.



Tim Olliff-Lee

Tim Olliff-Lee is an associate in the Farms & Estates team, having qualified as a solicitor in 2015 after training with Wilsons. He read Land Management at Reading University and qualified as a chartered surveyor whilst working with national property consultants Strutt & Parker, before undertaking a law conversion course. Tim works for owners of farms and rural estates in relation to both freehold and leasehold property. His particular areas of focus are the sale and purchase of farms and rural property, the leasing of renewable energy sites, and the letting of agricultural land. Tim is dual-qualified as a rural practice chartered surveyor and his experience as a land agent means he has a practical understanding of what his clients are looking to achieve

Graham Roberts

Graham Roberts is a retired ecologist, who spent the last 25 years of his career with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. During that time, he specialised in mammal recovery and wetland restoration, particularly within Chalk River Catchments.  Graham was originally an Aerial Photographer in the UK and later in Africa. Following a part-time degree course at Southampton University in Environmental Science he switched to a rewarding career linked with nature conservation. Graham was on one of the first Government led Habitat Action Plan Groups set up to protect Britain’s Chalk Rivers. He is an active Trustee with the Vitacress Conservation Trust and chairs a large stakeholder group associated with active protection of the Upper Itchen River Catchment. He has a lifelong passion of the wetland environment.




Andrew Robinson Andrew Robinson has been the Deputy Director for Agricultural Transition within the Future Farming and Countryside Programme in Defra since June 2018.  He was head of the Rural Development Programme for England for six years from 2012 and before that head of livestock policy in Defra.  Andrew first joined MAFF in 1986 and as well as a variety of Civil Service roles has spent 5 years with one of the large consultancy firms.  
Gerard Smith

Gerard Smith is agricultural partner of Lacy Scott & Knight.  Gerard’s client base extends from modest sized tenant farmers through to larger country estates with in excess of 5,000 acres and 150 residential properties. His work ranges from Landlord & Tenant, Dispute Resolution, through to practical and straightforward advice in planning, general estate management as well as undertaking valuations for financial institutions, estate planning and Expert Witness. Gerard was educated at university in the United States and on returning to the UK he obtained his Diploma in Valuation (Agricultural Practice) and qualified as a Rural Practice Chartered Surveyor through correspondence.  Following a brief interlude working in London within the property sector and then the City, (non property related) he moved to East Anglia in 2003 joining Lacy Scott & Knight and became a Partner in 2008. He was awarded his Fellowship of the CAAV in 2006 and became a Recognised European Valuer in 2010.  Gerard also sits on the First Tier Tribunal, being appointed by the Secretary of State in 2010 and became a Trustee of the Zoological Society of East Anglia (Banham Zoo and Africa Alive) in 2014. Gerard is Chairman of the RICS Rural Board and sits on the Land and Resources Global Board and represents the RICS on the ILMS (International Land Measurement Standards) Coalition.  




Caroline Waller


Caroline Waller is a Partner in the Planning and Environmental team at Clarke Willmott, specialising in all aspects of town and country planning and highway law. She has wide experience of acting for both developers and local authorities in the negotiation and preparation of complex planning and highways agreements. She has advised clients on all aspects of planning applications and appeals (including major inquiries and examinations) in a diverse range of projects including major residential and mixed use schemes, retail, renewable energy, highways and major infrastructure projects determined pursuant to the Planning Act 2008.  Caroline regularly advises on Community Infrastructure Levy, Habitats Regulations, village green issues as well as compulsory purchase and planning blight.  She also has considerable experience of development control, enforcement and listed buildings and advises on agricultural planning and agricultural redevelopment proposals.  Caroline regularly lectures on Planning and Environmental Law.


Philip Whitcombe


Philip Whitcomb is an associate in the firm’s wills, tax and trusts team. He specialises in succession planning, asset protection, heritage law and tax advice for individuals, trusts and family businesses.  He uses his extensive knowledge and practical experience to advise clients on the tax efficient ownership of agricultural, business and heritage property. He deals with all aspects of wills and farming partnerships. Philip also act for trustees and beneficiaries on a range of trust issues including the scope of trustees’ powers and the interpretation of complex trust arrangements.





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The conference fee of £100.00 (including £16.67 VAT) includes both coffee on arrival and mid-morning together with a light lunch and tea at the end of the afternoon. A registration form must be completed for each delegate. All registrations will be acknowledged by e-mail wherever possible. A receipt will be sent if requested. If you do not receive confirmation please telephone our Cambridge office to ensure that we have registered your booking.

Cancellations may be made by telephone but should be confirmed in writing and will be subject to a 25% administrative charge. No refunds can be made by cancellations notified after 14 November 2018. Substitute delegates will be accepted at any time.

The conference may qualify for up to 5 hours CPD. Please see your professional body's regulations on CPD.

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