As the dust settles on the General Election, the new Government must work to improve the resilience of farm tenancies.
By and large the main parties have missed or dismissed ‘rural’ from their manifestos, yet ‘rural’ is fundamentally important.
Farming is always in a state of flux and the uncertainty of Brexit is another unwelcome headache for British farmers.
Does the Government have a clue about the pressures farmers and other rural businesses face?
On March 6, 2014, Nick Boles, the incumbent Planning Minister, issued a written Ministerial statement which would enable farmers to convert agricultural buildings into houses under changes to the planning rules.
If we are not careful many of our rural towns and villages could become merely exclusive enclaves for wealthy commuters or financially well-endowed retirees.