For the second time around we have changed our name! Due to the Ashley Adams brand being sold we have reverted to Andrew Large Surveyors Ltd and as one of our farming clients put it; “the only partner you want is the one you have your arm around at night”; this of course holds doubly true for our business being a husband and wife team! As before we have a strong bias towards agriculture and it is in this vein we would ask that any farmers who are in the market to sell in calf heifers, suitable for out wintering, contact Andrew or Caroline as we are keen to increase our own livestock enterprise! Staunton Harold Farms is run alongside the land agency business, which we like to think gives us a very hands on approach.


On Tuesday 21st October 2008 North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) adopted a new core strategy for growth and change. There are two changes of particular note;

1. New sites have been allocated for potential housing
2. The reclassification of “a sustainable location”

Previously NWLDC adopted a stringent sequential approach to development. Now a site within the development boundary merely has to show that the village has three out of four of the following;

1. Primary School
2. General Store
3. Leisure and Community facilities
4. Bus Service

For example Appleby Magna, Belton, Blackfordby, Breedon on the Hill, Swannington, Packington and Worthington are now all classed as sustainable locations. If you own land within North West Leicestershire we would strongly recommend that you reassess your development position as this is a significant shift in planning policy.


We have recently sold a block of 7 acres of amenity land and woodland for The Staunton Harold Estate. The sale attracted individuals who were looking to invest in small areas of land for their own personal use, such as an area for their children to play or dog walking. The land sold in excess of the guide price and proved that there is still a market demand, even when land is not suitable for equestrian or agricultural buyers and where it has little or no development potential.


Following on from the earlier article in relation to a point scoring sequential approach to development, we have successfully lodged an application for the redevelopment of a farmstead in Osgathorpe into three large detached houses. This consent was granted at a committee hearing and in a village which under the new core strategy is still deemed an unsustainable location.


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