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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.

A fine balance - qualifying as a surveyor while working from home

18th December 2020

The work, life and study balancing act of completing the RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) exams is something all surveyors have experienced. However, come the 23rd March 2020 a new working, living and studying model was confirmed as Scotland was declared ‘locked down’, and working from  home was the instruction for the foreseeable future.

It’s not easy to win in the rating game

18th December 2020

EPCs not only indicate a building’s energy performance, they also provide minimum regulatory standards and can set the level for renewable-energy subsidies. Calum Innes describes his experience. 

Resilience through adversity

17th December 2020

Jamie Thain on the enduring popularity of the industrial market.

Filling the energy gap for home workers

09th December 2020

Working from home has put energy and connectivity high on the agenda for remote workers. Meanwhile, pollution levels are inching back up. Callum Woods reports. 

Turning Dreams into Reality

20th November 2020

We can all identify with the frustration of losing out on a property deal - especially when  it may thwart your business ambitions.