Planning issues form focus of first farmers' evening of 2024

Farmers field

Biodiversity Net Gain, Class Q and Local Development Plans, as well as land and estate management, will be the topics covered in the first joint NFU/Lovewell Blake Farmers’ Evening of 2024, which takes place next month.

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Nick Durrant, Jasmine Philpot, Richard Prentice and Felicity Thornett from Durrants will be the speakers at the free event, which takes place at Halesworth Golf Club on Wednesday 28th February at 7.30pm.  

The quartet will provide an update on a range of planning and land and estate management topics.  Amongst the topical issues they will present is Biodiversity Net Gain, including what is happening, and when and how it might help landowners and developers; and an update on current and topical planning matters including Class Q and Local Development Plans. 

The four speakers all bring specialist knowledge of rural and agricultural property matters:

·         Agricultural and commercial specialist Nick Durrant worked in the Waveney Valley for a range of landowners, developers and businesses.  He has a passion for planning and development and has played a significant role in a range of residential and commercial projects across Norfolk and Suffolk.

·         Senior planner and development surveyor Jasmine Philpott heads up the planning team at Durrants and offers advice on the full spectrum from strategic planning to individual applications for agricultural, commercial or residential purposes.

·         Richard Prentice heads up Durrant’s agricultural team which undertakes a range of professional work including sales and lettings, valuations, compulsory purchase and infrastructure work as well as estate management auctioneering and asset disposal.

·         Rural/valuation surveyor Felicity Thornett carries out valuation work within the firm, whilst her land agency background also sees her acting undertaking a range of other professional work as well.

Lovewell Blake agricultural partner Ryan Lincoln, who will be chairing the event, said, “The planning landscape is a rapidly changing one, and the advent of Biodiversity Net Gain will bring both challenges and opportunities for rural landowners. 

“We are delighted to welcome knowledgeable experts on the subject at our next Farmers’ Evening, and I’m sure it will be a relevant, interesting and engaging event.”

 The event takes place at Halesworth Golf club on Wednesday 28th February at 7.30pm, and the presentation will be followed by a buffet supper.  Attendance is free, but places need to be booked in advance via the events page on our website. 

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