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Moving to the Country?

When we move house, what are we really looking for… is it a place to live or a place to work, a house or a community, a home or a lifestyle? It’s probably all these things and more.

Understanding the needs of rural communities and their businesses is a key priority as the nation emerges from the worst impacts of COVID-19. George F. White are pleased to be supporting researchers at Northumbria University and the University of East Anglia who are investigating what attracts people to smaller towns and rural areas. Plenty of what we have around here! Watsons, based in Norfolk but with offices up the east coast is also partnering with the project to encourage local homebuyers to take part.

If you are searching for a new home, or you have moved within the last year, you can assist in this ground-breaking research by completing a special survey designed to help you think about what you really want from your new home.

It should take about 10 minutes to complete and you can access it here: https://northumbria.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/move-to-the-country

Researchers are investigating how changing migration choices are influencing these rural communities. Analysis of data from the past decade shows that rural areas which attract new residents in their 20s and 30s also see more business start-ups. This suggests that the recent growth in demand for rural living and new ways of working in the wake of the COVID pandemic might launch a new wave of rural businesses – but which areas are best placed to benefit? The research seeks to understand what makes different rural places attractive and how we make housing choices from the information available to us.

So-called “counterurbanisation”, the movement of people from cities to rural areas, has been part of the UK housing market since the middle of the last century. In other countries, the lure of rural living has ebbed and flowed but here in the UK, it has been a continuing trend. The countryside holds a particular place in British culture. We cherish the timeless landscapes, natural beauty and traditional virtues of rural community life, but can this romantic vision of the countryside also offer a dynamic location for new businesses?

The attractiveness of living in the country has increased commuting, increased rural house-building and pushed up rural house prices in many of the more accessible and picturesque rural areas, but the impact of population growth for local economies has been mixed. In rural Britain today we have some of the wealthiest and some of the poorest people.  We have well-connected, well-served communities with diverse business populations but also internet “not-spots”, pockets of hidden deprivation and villages and towns that are losing their business centres.

The survey is part of an England-wide research project but the study has focused on case studies in County Durham and Norfolk. George F. White with offices across the North has been helping individuals and families buy, sell and rent properties across the region for over 40 years. Assisting with this study will allow us to understand our customers and their motivations better.

If you wish to find out more information, please contact Professor Gary Bosworth directly https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/our-staff/b/gary-bosworth/

Leading property group opens new Durham office

We are delighted to announce the opening of a new office in the city of Durham to support our continued growth and market dominance in the region.

In the latest expansion for George F. White, with existing offices across the North East and North Yorkshire including Alnwick, Newcastle upon Tyne, Bedale, and Barnard Castle, our new office is based at Durham Workspace in Pity Me.

Managing Partner Robyn Peat alongside partner Elliot Taylor alongside a core team will be based at the office providing key consultancy services primarily focused on high-end residential sales and lettings as well as farm business services. This key move for the company includes the appointment of Melissa Lines, who will head up residential sales for Durham City Centre the consultancy’s high-end property offering.

Robyn Peat, Managing Partner at George F. White, said: “Like every property consultancy across the country, we’ve had to adapt to current market needs and try and stay one step ahead so that we can provide the type of services clients want and need.”

“The new office is a strategic move for us as we’ve identified a gap in the market due to client demand. We’re delighted to set up an office in Durham. It has a strong community feel and some beautiful homes, with a perfect mix of urban infrastructure and fantastic countryside on your doorstep.”

September 2020’s House Index Report revealed that the value of ‘second stepper’ three or four-bedroom homes in the North has reached a new record of £291,618, as more buyers seek larger homes. Compared to the same period last year, sales of second stepper homes are 55% higher demonstrating how strong the market is, despite COVID-19 challenges.

The George F. White office will provide a full range of land and property consultancy services including building surveying, planning, development, architectural, commercial, rural professional, and farm business consultancy services.

Robyn continues: “The Durham office is a key highlight of 2020 and despite the disruption we’ve experienced due to the current pandemic, it’s shaping up to be a pivotal year for us.”

“We have continued to push ahead with our growth plans and our long-established reputation and expert team ensure we’re best placed to increase our commercial strength in the region’s land and property market.”

Contact us today on 0333 920 2220.

Why the right support network is vital to your farm

It’s less than 12 months until the UK leaves the European Union, a key political shift that will have sweeping changes for farmers across the region. To manage and adjust to the challenges this will bring, and ongoing uncertainty, financial resilience is vital.

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Farmers need to focus on improving productivity, in order to increase future sustainability and, given the expected changes in funding and grants, the farming sector needs to move away from relying on subsidies and prepare for a future with reduced financial support by investing in new technologies, creating new revenue streams through diversification and concentrating on succession planning to ensure the longevity, and security, of their farm.

Having in place the right support for your farm business is therefore vital, not only to help you through these uncertain times but also to help maximise the health and profitability of your farm during good times too. Being proactive, and planning ahead, is more important than ever before and a good farm consultant helps farmers to push their business forwards, strategically plan for peaks and troughs all year round, and capitalise on opportunities that would greatly benefit you and your farm, helping to meet your personal and business objectives.

George F. White is one of the largest farm consultancy teams in the North and we’re currently working with a wide range of farms, large and small, assessing their strengths and weaknesses, reviewing the overall health of the business and proposing solutions to farmers to help them overcome the challenges they face. We understand that each farm is unique, and each farmer receives a bespoke service tailored to their specific needs and requirements.

We often hear that consultancy services are for huge farms, or those facing difficulties, but this really isn’t the case. What’s important is that you and your farm have the right support structure, whatever size or type of farm. What matters is developing a close working relationship with your consultant so that you trust them to advise you appropriately, to help you achieve the best outcomes for you personally and also your business.

Desk based consultancy isn’t going to achieve this, which is why our farm team have lots of face to face contact with clients, visiting farms regularly, looking at stock, crops, and machinery and assessing its strengths and challenges to decide where next to take the business, or strategically advise on what it needs at that time, whether that’s preventative measures, business planning and cash flow management, or preparation of funding briefs and farm budgets.

We’re not just a fair-weather consultancy either – we offer all year-round support to help you overcome business and financial hurdles, to maximise profitability. We understand it’s often difficult to let an outsider in, which is why establishing a strong, close relationship is vital from the beginning, working together proactively and planning ahead to help you get the farm business to where you want.

To discuss our farm consultancy services in more detail, contact Elliot Taylor on elliottaylor@georgefwhite.co.uk.

Development Opportunities in the Selby Area

This consultation includes plans and the initial assessments of all possible sites that could be included in the Site Allocations Local Plan next year in the Selby area; it is also a last opportunity to suggest new sites. The Site Allocations Local Plan will ultimately identify enough land for the homes and jobs and other development needs in the Selby district over the next ten years up to 2028.

Development in Selby

Helen Boston, a planning consultant at George F. White, said: “This is an ideal opportunity for landowners to seek professional and informed advice about their assets and potential development land. We are currently working with a number of landowners across the region providing specialist advice on planning policy and enforcement issues as well as site appraisals, planning applications and site valuations. ”

George F. White provides planning consultancy services for both rural and urban areas across a vast geography from North Lincolnshire and Yorkshire to County Durham, Northumberland and the Borders. The Yorkshire region is a particularly key focus for the business, the Bedale and Shiptonthorpe offices has seen a dramatic rise in planning advice requests from local landowners in the last 12 months.

Helen added: “The planning system in England can be very complicated but navigated successfully it can be a tool to significantly raise the value of land and property in a variety of ways. For example, from gaining planning permission for an extension on your home, to gaining planning permission for a housing site and selling to a developer. Whatever the situation, George F. White is able to investigate the options and provide advice on the best route to achieve our client’s aims and help them maximise value of their assets.”

Please be aware that the ‘Call for Sites’ closes on 27th November 2017 therefore any formal responses need to be submitted prior to this date.

If you have a site which you think may be suitable and would like an initial assessment please contact Helen Boston at George F. White on helenboston@georgefwhite.co.uk or 01677 458209 for further advice.

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