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Welcome to Edwin Thompson

Established over 100 years ago, Edwin Thompson LLP is a multi-discipline firm of Chartered Surveyors operating throughout the UK from offices in Carlisle, Keswick and Windermere in Cumbria, Berwick upon Tweed and Newcastle in the North East and Galashiels in the Scottish Borders.

We offer expert advice on property related matters with the aim of providing a professional service designed to meet targets and add value.

  • A full range of professional surveying services including valuations, property management, estate agency and architectural work covering all types of property.
  • Specialist Agency, Residential Lettings, Commercial Property for sale / to let, Rural, Forestry and Woodland, Building Surveying and Architectural and Renewable Energy departments.
  • A personal service led by partners in each office and supported by qualified and highly motivated departmental teams. We regard partner contact and accessibility throughout the firm as being of prime importance to our clients who range from individuals and local businesses to national organisations and pension funds.
  • A flexible and multi-disciplinary service based on extensive and varied experience.

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Latest Blog Posts

Basic Payment Scheme 2015

Richard Lochhead recently made the first announcement on what form the new Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) for Scotland is to take when it replaces the Single Farm Payment Scheme (SFP) in 2015 and, although we are still very short on detail the following is a brief update on the main points.

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Award Winning Builder's Barn Conversion For Sale

A three bedroomed barn conversion with a garage and large garden in Wigton, Cumbria, which has been completed to a very high standard by an award winning local builder, is currently on the market for £475,000.

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Skelton Show 2014

This years Skelton Show was a hit yet again! We had a marvelous day on our stand with our clients and our barbecue certainly drew them in

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Barn Conversion in a Charming Edge of Rural Village

Aptly named, The Barn is a delightful 3 bedroomed barn conversion in a charming edge of a village rural location with outstanding views of the surrounding Lakeland scenery.

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Cumbrian Home Boasts Spectacular Surroundings

Firbank is a substantial five bedroomed (3 en-suite) detached house in an elevated secluded position.

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Detached Farmhouse In Idyllic Rural Location For Sale

Orthwaite Farm house is a fine detached character property, presented to a very high standard, the accommodation benefitting from oil-fired central heating and double glazing.

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Beautiful Lakeland Property In The Heart Of Borrowdale Valley

This delightful property is situated in the heart of the Borrowdale Valley surrounded by magnificent scenery and with views of the high central Lakeland fells.

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Shetland Sheep Champions!

Congratulations to Patrick Playfair, Partner in our Berwick upon Tweed office, and his family for being the 2014 Highland Show Shetland Sheep Champions at the Royal Highland Show last weekend!

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Woodland Planting, Dalston, Cumbria

These trees were planted 18 months ago on a site at Dalston and were 3/4 of a foot when planted. They have now undergone their second weeding programme and sokme are 8 - 10 feet tall.

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Paddock House

Paddock House is a stunning Architect designed and most impressive and particularly attractive four bedroom property with a square footage of 2,598 ft.

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Fabulous Feedback

We have received some lovely feeback from two clients that Les Walsh helped at our Galashiels office.

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Cumberland Show 2014 Invites

We hope everyone is starting to get excited for The Cumberland Show on the 14th June!

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Development Opportunity – Former West Linton Primary

A former primary school provides an excellent development opportunity for a range of uses.

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Supporting Cumbria's Teenage Cancer Trust

Professional people from around Cumbria have got together to raise vital funds to support young people in the region who have been diagnosed with cancer

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Feature Property – The Cottage

Exceptionally charming five bedroomed Grade II listed Georgian period cottage in a premier residential area.

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It's That Time of The Year - Show Time!

The Edwin Thompson offices are in full swing organising our stands at this year's Agricultural Shows.

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Public Speaking Course

Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, 20th and 21st May, Edwin Thompson held a public speaking course at Solutions Recruitment in Newcastle with Dan Bond Presentations taking it.

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The Cumberland Point To Point

Edwin Thompson are proud sponsors of the Cumberland Point To Point this year at Heathfield, Aspatria.

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Warwick Hall Horse Trials

We had a great time at Warwick Hall Horse Trials in Cumbria this weekend, with some of us enjoying the sponsors tent while others from Edwin Thompson were competing.

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Forestry Can Be Of Benefit To Farmers

An interesting read from Stuart Goodall, chief executive of Confor, in the Courier. View it online through the Confor website.

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Sponsors

We are proud to be sponsors of the Warwick Hall Cumbria Horse Trials!

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Cottage For Rent In Beautiful Rural Setting

No 1 Geltsdale Farm Cottage has a stunning location with open fell land for miles in every direction.

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Major Conifer Felling Operation Near Completion In The Tebay Valley

The re-planting of this woodland area will use 30,000 young conifer trees and 10,000 native broadleaf trees to emulate the restoration of native woodlands in the Tebay Valley.

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RICS Residential Market Survey, March 2014

The March 2014 RICS Residential Housing Market Survey results show the trends which began to emergemid-2013 remain firmly in place, as house pricescontinue along their upward trajectory.

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Fenham Farm Coastal B&B Expansion

Edwin Thompson has recently obtained planning permission for our client Fenham Farm Coastal B&B.

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Breaking News – Cumbria Woodlands Advisory Service

Following the successful procurement of further EU funding Cumbria Woodlands are offering heavily subsidised advice to Cumbrian woodland owners through their chosen advisor. Dave Atkinson and James Holliday are chosen advisors for Cumbria Woodlands and can offer advice that Cumbria Woodlands will pay for.

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European Funding Could Provide Timely Boost For The Regions Farmers

European Funding Could Provide Timely Boost For The Regions Farmers

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Forestry and Woodland Talk

Thank you to everyone who came to The Crossings at Roweltown last night for Dave Atkinson's and James Holliday's Forestry and Woodland talk.

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Changes to Grandfather Rights Exemption for Pesticide Application

From 26th November 2015, anyone who applies pesticides or PPP’s under the Grandfather Rights exemption will now have to hold a certificate of competence.

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Your Air Conditioning System Could Be Using A Banned Gas

Your Air Conditioning System Of 10 Years Or Over Could Be Using A Banned Gas

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Advice Service For Woodland Owners

Cumbria Woodlands is launching a new woodland advice service next week to provide forest owners with the information they need to make the most of their trees

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Ennerdale Secures Community Centre Funding

Ennerdale Hub, the co-operative set up to manage the project, are celebrating after securing the remaining £478,000 from the Big Lottery, to complete the The Ennerdale Centre scheme.

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Ennerdale Centre - BBC1 Tonight 18 March 2014 6.30pm

Tonight, BBC1 6.30pm, The Ennerdale Centre, a new scheme to provide Ennerdale with facilities to serve the community as well as walkers on the Coast to Coast, will be broadcast for the first time.

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Prime Retail Investment Opportunity

Edwin Thompson have been instructed to sell a prime retail investment on Kendal's popular Stricklandgate. The premises are let to TOG24 at £30,000 per annum.

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Edwin Thompson Become Licensed ARLA Agents

Edwin Thompson are pleased to announce that they are now Licensed ARLA agents.

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Signs of Recovery in the Scottish Housing Market

The number of houses entering onto the market in the Scottish Borders has increased within the last month according to Les Walsh (Sales Manager of Edwin Thompson Galashiels office).

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Vote For Skelton Show To Win

Voting has opened to decide which event will win Farmers Guardian’s Show Business 2014 competition.Skelton Show, the only show in Cumbria to reach the finals, were runners up in the Farmers Guardian’s Show Business competition last year. They have been successful in reaching the last seven again this year and need help winning the 2014 title for Cumbria.

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A Positive Move For The Scottish Borders

A Positive Move For The Scottish Borders, Simon Sanderson of Edwin Thompson surveyors reports

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Forestry and Woodland Talk

James Holliday and Dave Atkinson wish to invite you to a Forestry and Woodland Talk at The Crossings, Roweltown Wedneaday 26th March, 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

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Scottish Entitlements Auction - 7th March 2014

There was another big turnout of Entitlements at the auction of Scottish Entitlements on Friday 7th March 2014, which continued the downward trend for prices of those lots sold.

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Barn Conversions To Become Easier

Farmers will be able to convert more agricultural building into houses, under changes to the planning rules, which have been confirmed.

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Cumbrian Farming Book Feb/March 2014

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Latest Auction of Scottish Entitlements

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Rural Update Seminar

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Rural Update - Seminar

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Positive Outlook for the Lettings Market

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Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) Grant Scheme 2014

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Update to Farming and Forestry Improvement Schemes

Please see the following information about the next round of the Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme (FFIS). There are a number of changes from previous rounds so please read the guidance carefully.

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It's a good time to trade Entitlements

Entitlement trading is gathering momentum. In England, lowground Entitlements are trading at about £280-£300/unit, a large increase on previous years as there is confidence that buying now will continue to give a return through the new regime. SDA ones are trading at around £240/£250 a unit and moorland £45-£50/unit.

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S.31(6) Notices: Highways Act 1980 – Public Rights of Way

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100% inheritance tax relief

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Edwin Thompson Forestry December 2013

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Edwin Thompson secure planning for Ennerdale Community Centre

On November 8th the development control panel at the Lake District National Park reached a unanimous positive determination and permission was secured by Edwin Thompson for the proposed Ennerdale Community Centre. Proposals are primarily aimed at bringing back lost services such as post office facility, shop as well as providing a community meeting/multi use space.

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Why we should all be hugging trees

Forestry has an image problem. While those in the industry feel passionate about what they do, and can see the many benefits they provide, society’s view of forestry often seems to be based on a drip feed of outdated comments and caricatures.

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Rhododendron Eradication

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CAP reform

The subsidy and grant system is changing. The first year of the new regime is almost certainly going to be 2015 but there will be important dates and information you need to know before then. This is the first in what will be a regular series of up-date blogs to give you an outline of the most important points.

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Life at the Mill

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Gloucestershire badger cull is granted eight-week extension

Natural England has approved an eight-week extension to the pilot badger cull in Gloucestershire amid the threat of renewed legal action to stop the cull by the Badger Trust. The decision to extend the licence was announced on Wednesday (23 October) after more than a week of discussions between officials at DEFRA, the NFU and Natural England.

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Exam Success!!

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Woodland Restoration Underway in the Eskdale Valley

woodland restoration, felling, infected Larch, non-native conifer, forestry operations, broadleaf, timber market

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Property Update - Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland, Scottish Borders

The Independence effect has as yet had little net effect on the local markets - some purchasers register looking to only be in Scotland, while some Scots have registered looking for property south of the border. There is no clear winner so far and no one who has purchased via this branch has done so solely because of the forthcoming vote. I am sure there are people waiting to see the outcome of the vote and we will see more cross border activity early next yea

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Cumbrian Landowners Urged to Help Rare Bird Survive

Cumbrian landowners, The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, Natural England, rare birds, partridge

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Newcastle Office instructed to sell 3 Industrial Sites in the North East

Hope constructin sellect Edwin Thompson for sale of industrial developement sites in Darlington, Middlesbrough, Houghton Le Spring

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Single Payment Scheme (SPS) Update

Single Payment Scheme, SPS, RPA, Rural Payments Agency, euro exchange rate, farmers, farming, mapping,

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Woodland Planting Grants – Time is Running Out

Woodland Planting Grants, woodland, cumbria,Forestry Commission Woodland Creation Scheme Grant funding

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Forestry - an efficient Tax Investment

Forestry investments benefit from a wide number of tax incentives which make them a very interesting proposition. They provide investors with an alternative real asset investment which can be very attractive, providing both short term income generation and longer term capital appreciation.

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Chalara fraxinea — dieback of ash Advisory Note from the Forestry Commission

The Forestry Commission and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) are advising owners to extend their vigilance to ash trees planted up to 20 years ago as a part of work to develop further our under- standing of the impact of the disease on ash of this age. Large quantities of ash were imported from parts of continental Europe where the disease had been present before 2007 and this could mean that the disease was present on a very small proportion of plants imported from the continent at least 10 years ago.

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Ash genome reveals fungus resistance

Scientists have sequenced the genome of a type of ash tree with resistance to the deadly fungal disease sweeping the UK

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Subsidence

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Farmers miss opportunity to reap rewards of diversification

There are considerable opportunities for farmers to overcome the challenges and slump in farm incomes with the growth of renewables, yet few are taking this seriously, allowing international developers to reap the benefits.

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Grant support to aid creation of Chalara-free shelter zone

Forestry Commission Scotland has announced that special financial support will be available to help meet the costs of the removal and destruction of infected, recently planted ash trees in the ‘sheltered' and ‘buffer' areas identified in the Chalara Action Plan for Scotland.

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If acquiring a lease of a business premise in the UK you may find that you have accepted a repairing liability

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Construction sector sees further decline in 2013

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New PAYE regulations - what employers need to do from 6 April 2013

From April 2013 Real Time Information (RTI) is being introduced, requiring employers to make online submissions of data to HMRC every time employees are paid. Although the Payroll Year End procedure will ultimately be simpler, e.g. P14 and P35 forms will no longer be required; the work involved in processing Payroll throughout the year will increase.

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Changes to Housing benefit and the effect on the Private Rental Sector

Social Housing Tenants claiming housing benefit on “under occupied” properties could find themselves penalised with as much as a 25% reduction in their housing benefit from April 2013. The so called “bedroom tax” could mean that those with spare bedrooms may no longer be able to afford to live in Social Housing and could paradoxically have to look to the Private Rental Sector (PRS) for a more affordable home.

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Changes to Council Tax charges for unoccupied properties

From 1st April 2013 Council Tax exemption for vacant properties, including those undergoing renovation, will cease. Instead, each Council has set a discounted rate according to their individual budget requirements and feasibility studies.

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Is the postponement of business rates helpful for local businesses?

Last October the government announced that the 2015 revaluation of business rates will be postponed until 2017. On the face of it, this initiative seems sensible, however, many property professionals don’t take this same view and have actually criticised the move.

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New requirement for Scottish landlords to provide Tenant Information Packs to residential tenants

As of 1 May 2013 it is anticipated that landlords operating in the private residential sector in Scotland will have to provide their tenants with an information pack about the property. The Scottish Government is expected to have secondary legislation in place shortly to bring this into effect.

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Top Tips for Entering Your Farm onto the Market

A farm is not only a business it may also be your home, therefore a carefully planned strategy ensuring the correct preparation is carried out to maximise the chances of achieving the best possible price.

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Relaxing planning requirements

Earlier on this month the government relaxed planning rules to make it easier for households and offices to install solid wall insulation, ahead of today’s Green Deal energy efficiency scheme,

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New regulations on the Energy perfromance of buildings

New regulations have been introduced regarding the energy performance of buildings. The act is complex and there are exemptions. For further detail and an assessment of your property do contact us.

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Illegal charges on tenants in Scotland

In Scotland, the various charges tenants have to pay landlords and/or letting agents has been a rather grey area. Recent legislation from the Scottish Parliament has now made it all much clearer.

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