Daniel Jones, Lucie Stone and Cath Anthony and Louise Newton

Bidwells

Diversification - Breathing life and value into rural places and spaces

About Daniel Jones, Lucie Stone and Cath Anthony and Louise Newton

Speaker Biography: (max 200 words, no bullet points)

Daniel Jones – Daniel Jones founded the Bidwells Rural Development and Diversification(RDD) team over 20 years ago. As Head of the RDD team, he specialises in identifying and implementing alternative uses to generate new income streams and capital value.

Lucie Stone – Lucie Stone specialises in agricultural planning, identifying rural diversification projects and achieving alternative sources of income for rural enterprises. For over 13 years Lucie has provided advice on planning issues, in particular, those which involve the countryside and rural areas, as well as the management of buildings within them. Lucie has a diverse portfolio of projects including rural tourism schemes, equestrian developments, change of use of buildings and residential developments.

Cath Anthony – Cath Anthony is a Partner at Bidwells, a qualified Chartered Surveyor, a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers and a RICS Registered Valuer. Cath specialises in Anaerobic Digestion and Rural Development and Diversification. She has extensive experience of identifying and implementing alternative uses to generate new income streams and capital value.

Louise Newton – Louise Newton is a qualified Chartered Surveyor specialising primarily in rural development and diversification, as well as working on strategic estate management and rural agency. Louise undertakes a variety of planning work ranging from small individual projects to long term strategic planning for farms, estates, equestrian and rural premises. She has a wealth of experience in agricultural permitted development, in particular, the change of use of buildings from agriculture to residential and commercial uses.


Diversification is becoming increasingly important in an ever changing and uncertain economic and political climate.

Maximising the capital value and net income generation of your farm, estate or holding is often a key objective for rural businesses. This can usually be achieved through utilising existing assets and realising the potential of your property through appropriate diversification schemes.

We will talk through projects where we have obtained challenging and unusual planning consents, adding value for owners and creating alternative means of income, leading the development or diversification from inception to completion. We will also discuss a variety of development options, including the application of permitted development rights for the change of use of buildings from agriculture to residential and commercial uses, and leisure and tourism, as well as the importance of implementing the right strategy for your property.

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