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Scotland v England. The pricing puzzle...

26th February 2021

The discrepancy between property prices North and South of the border has always perplexed selling agents as to why, not only houses but land appears better value for money in Scotland. This is not a new phenomenon but why is this the case?

Excellent returns on region 1 BPS entitlements before 2 April deadline

25th February 2021

Farmers have received the long-awaited  Single Application Form (SAF) reduction and exclusion letters for their 2020 claims this week. 

Movie Theatre of Dreams

24th February 2021

Peter Scott Aiton charts the project management of a cinema in the Highlands.

Oh to get back to show time!

19th February 2021

The rural and farming community has not been immune to the many impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and one of the many joys of life we have largely had to forego is meeting face to face.

Flight fantastic: drones speed up condition survey

15th February 2021

15th February 2021 Drone technology means the role of remote aerial inspection is growing. Nick Morgan reports. 

Smallholdings Deliver the Rural Dream

05th February 2021

The demand for smallholdings has been strong and rising across Scotland and the North of England over the past few years.

E-bikes: higher, further, faster

02nd February 2021

Robert Garrett heads for the hills – and lets the battery take some of the strain.

Co-locating generation technologies with storage will grow with the rise of renewables and the need for grid stabilisation

29th January 2021

Hugo Remnant and Philippa Orr report. 

Lockdown has brought problems for GIS, and opportunities

29th January 2021

Daniel Campanile reports.

Walled Gardens- A Labour of love and a force for good

25th January 2021

This is the second article in my walled garden series, and while the first focused on my own tea garden project at home,  as a hands-on and fairly labour intensive method of utilising the space, I wanted  to look at another option for garden owners, where the garden is commercially let out, but is maintained as a traditional walled garden.

Growing carbon market offers cross-border benefits

22nd January 2021

In our Summer 2020 issue, we reported on new interest in the carbon market. Now, as the third Woodland Carbon Guarantee auction approaches, Heather Coyle reports on the benefits of the scheme. 

Lotting Proves Key To Land Sales In Central Belt

21st January 2021

The past quarter has seen continued strong demand for land and farms in most parts of Scotland, with local knowledge and lotting of the land proving a key consideration to attract the maximum number of potential buyers.

Helping you make the right connection

15th January 2021

Sitting comfortably in my home “office” I write this alongside the 25 neighbouring properties forming what could be described as a quaint little village found nestled at the foot of the Sidlaw Hills, Perthshire.

Compensation claims progressed in spite of lockdown upheaval

14th January 2021

Covid-19 restrictions brought the need for an alternative approach to negotiating compensation claims, says Rachel Russell.

‘Planning’ a response to the pandemic

12th January 2021

Jay Skinner and Jo Plant highlight the key temporary planning measures introduced in Scotland during the crisis. 

A year of two halves

23rd December 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has undoubtedly been the leading force challenging the development land market in Scotland and we see 2020 as a year of two halves.

Making the most of the Cottage Industry

23rd December 2020

Most farms will have at least one former farm-worker’s cottage. Typically these are either  let long term on a residential tenancy,  or short term as self-catering holiday accommodation, providing useful diversified income. 

Energy Efficiency Regulations Update

23rd December 2020

The majority of landlords in Scotland will be aware  of the minimum standard Energy Performance  Certificate (EPC) Regulations that were due to come into effect at varying stages from 1st April 2020 – 31st March 2025, with the news in January that the start of the phased changes were setback until the 1st October. However, due to Covid-19 the government has decided to postpone implementation indefinitely.

Remote working is on the map

23rd December 2020

Dynamic mapping is becoming a vital working from home tool for clients, contractors and advisers, says Daniel Campanile.

Boost for projects to deliver low-carbon economy

23rd December 2020

Calum Innes reports on a Holyrood initiative to kick-start ‘green and clean’ energy projects.