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Shoot Benchmarking Survey

Shoot Benchmarking Survey now available The Smiths Gore GWCT 2014/15 Shoot Benchmarking Survey is open.   The survey has grown substantially since its launch five years ago and now carries significant credibility within the sport.   The survey has enabled many shoot owners to make...


2014 Farmland Market Review

English farmland values increase by 4% in 2014 to record levels The average value of English farmland rose by 4% in 2014 to £10,200 per acre, breaking the £10,000 per acre barrier for the first time in its history. In 2014, the value of farms with houses and buildings, known as equipped land,...


Government announces small site exemption from section 106 affordable housi. . .

The UK government has announced national planning policy changes to exempt developments of 10 homes or fewer, with less than 1,000 square metres of floor space, from planning obligations imposing contributions towards affordable housing and other tariff style payments. The government estimates that the policy...


The bigger the better

"You get a lot of house for your money" say Jamie Watson of Smiths Gore of this architect-designed house at Portsoy, Banff, which has just gone on the market for £230,000. "Broomlee is a deceptively spacious house dating from 1971. When the original owner first saw the designs from his architect...


The cost of buying a house in Scotland

John Coleman, Head of Farms and Estate Agency for Smiths Gore in Scotland, is urging the SNP to rethink their proposed Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT), which will make England a more attractive place to buy property than Scotland. With the new Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) being introduced...


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