CCM Auction Marts have launched a brand new farming country podcast.  This brand-new initiative is designed to keep customers old and new at the cutting edge of trade and trends at Skipton Auction Mart and out there in the wider agri-sector. With a new episode every three weeks, this series hopes to bring a range of interesting and informative topics to our listeners; from market reports to local businesses and industry news to tales from the Dales.


Don’t miss the first episode on Friday 22nd January, featuring Megan Schofield from WBW Surveyors, available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and YouTube.

Click here to listen on Youtube

Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme

Rural Development Programme – Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme

Applications open until 4th November 2020


The RDPE Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme provides funding for farmers to purchase equipment to improve the productivity of their farm.

The scheme uses a simple online application process and is targeted at specific pieces of agricultural equipment.

Agricultural and horticultural contractors are not eligible to apply for the grant.

The minimum grant is £3,000 up to a maximum of £12,000 covering up to 40% of the eligible costs in your application.

You do not need to provide quotes for any of the items. Each item has a standard cost which is the maximum amount that will be eligible for grant funding. You must have funds available to pay for the items upfront.

Applicants who applied in Round 1 & 2 are eligible to apply again provided have not exceeded the maximum of £12,000 in the previous grants.

Examples of items available:

  • Cattle crush (automatic or manual)
  • Auto calf feeder with washing facility
  • Electronic weigh scales (all systems)
  • EID hand-held devices
  • Heat recovery unit/plate cooler
  • Robotic Slurry Pusher

(only items listed in the handbook are eligible)

How to apply

The application is completed online and should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. To apply you will need the following information:

  • Single Business Identifier (SBI) Number
  • Customer Registration Number (CRN)
  • Email address – must be the address that is registered with the Rural Payments Agency.
  • Full address and postcode of the business.
  • Number of hectares of land farmed.
  • Type of farming system.
  • Livestock numbers including species, sex and age.
  • Number of people that you employ.

The details on the application must exactly match the details that the RPA hold for your business, otherwise the application will be rejected.

Applications will be scored based on the following criteria:

  • Technical efficiency
  • Animal health and welfare
  • Nutrient management
  • Resource efficiency

How to claim

The items must meet a minimum specification.

You must buy and claim for the items within 150 days of the application being approved, after which the application will be withdrawn.

You must not buy or order items before receiving an acceptance confirmation.

All items must be bought and paid for before a claim can be submitted. Invoices, bank statements and photographs will need to be available when submitting the claim as proof that the items have been paid for and are in use.

Can WBW apply for you?

Yes – Agents can complete applications on behalf of farmers.

We can also assist with the claim process should your application be successful.

If you would like assistance with the scheme, please contact Karen Shuttleworth or Jess Austin on 01756 692900

Small Grant Scheme Available Items.

Planning for the Future

The Housing and Communities Minister Robert Jenrick has recently set out proposals to reform the planning system.  The White Paper details three main categories – Planning for Development; Planning for Beautiful and Sustainable Places; Planning for Infrastructure and Connected Places.  Ian Swain, Director of Planning at WBW Surveyors gives his thoughts on the proposed changes in this weeks Craven Herald…

“THE Government’s recently announced proposals for speeding up the Planning System and simplifying the process are broadly welcomed. However, we have been here before. Nearly 10 years ago Eric Pickles, the then Secretary of State with ministerial responsibility for the Planning System, was heralding reforms to a slow and inefficient planning system, that would deliver development in the right places, but at the same time protect those places of most importance and ensure a good standard of design. Boris Johnson and Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick are currently claiming extremely similar improvements will be made as a result of the latest proposed changes.

Outside of the ‘growth’ areas, it is not clear that the changes will be so significant or lead to a faster simpler planning system. It is probable that within a primarily rural area such as ours, there will be limited designated ‘growth’ areas. Development proposals will continue to be considered by the Local Authority and their merits assessed as they always have been.

Firstly, Local Authority resources are likely to be further reduced as a result of Covid-19. Secondly, the initial proposals suggest that the opportunity for community consultation at the planning application stage is to be ‘streamlined’, but opportunity for public participation is going to be strongly encouraged during the preparation of the new style Local Plan. Active participation in the production of plans from local residents, landowners, statutory consultees, developers and other stakeholders will be extremely important, but it is unlikely to make for speedy plan production.

Finally, the future for councils both across North Yorkshire and within East Lancashire is very uncertain. Both areas are facing significant re-organisation over the next few years and the current position seems to be that larger Unitary Authorities will be established. Until decisions are made on this, and the administrative areas of these new authorities are decided, the ability to produce Local Plans is going to be severely hampered and will delay their production.”

Managing Rainfall and Runoff in the Farmyard

Join Catchment Sensitive Farming at this FREE event
Managing Rainfall and Runoff in the Farmyard

Tuesday 11th February 2020
10:00am – 1:00pm
Crickle Farm, East Marton, Skipton, BD23 3JD
By Kind Permission of Bob Lancaster

This event aims to highlight practical and cost effective steps you can take to better manage rainfall and runoff in the farmyard.
– Benefits of sustainably managing yard waters
– Separating clean and dirty water
– Updates on latest legislation (NVZ,SSAFO, Farming Rules for Water)
– Grant funding opportunities


Please book your FREE place via
Telephone: 08453 713399
When booking please give your name,
address, phone number, CPH & SBI number

For more information about the event please contact your local CSFO Kathryn McKendrick- Smith 07827 552662 or Email:

CSF_Rainfall & Runoff Event_Invite

RDPE Growth Programme

A new programme has been launched aimed at providing funding for projects in England which create jobs and growth in the rural economy.

Under the RDPE Growth Programme, there are grants for:
• Food processing – open to food and drinks businesses that process agricultural or horticultural products.
• Business development – open to small businesses and start-ups, including farmers wishing to diversify into non-agricultural activities.
• Rural tourism infrastructure – open to a wide range of organisations. If the project is intended to make a profit however, then only small businesses and farmers who want to diversify can apply.

The minimum grant is £20,000. Commercial, profit-making projects can receive up to 40% grant funding. If the project makes just enough income to offset costs and is not intended to make a profit, then up to 80% grant funding could be available. If the project generates no income, then 100% grants may be awarded.

Projects must meet a minimum of two national priorities:

Food Processing:
1. Creates at least 1 job for every £30,000 of grant funding
2. Increases turnover and profitability
3. Provides benefits to the farmers, growers and suppliers (particularly local)
4. Helps you sell more products nationally or locally
5. Introduces new techniques/equipment to make the business more productive
6. Creates new links between business

Business Development:
1. Creates at least 1 job for every £30,000 of grant funding
2. Increases turnover and profitability
3. Introduces new techniques/equipment to make the business more productive
4. Helps the business to sell goods to new markets
5. Helps the business access export markets

Rural Tourism Infrastructure:
1. Creates at least 1 job for every £30,000 of grant funding
2. Attracts tourists at off-peak times
3. Creates or develops tourist attractions and encourages tourists to stay longer and increase spending
4. Provides benefits to the wider tourist economy in the rural area

Grant funding is only available on eligible costs, these include:
• Constructing or improving buildings
• Buying new equipment and machinery
Architects, engineers and consultant fees, buying or developing computer software, licences and copyrights, energy-saving and resource efficiency equipment may also be eligible if forming part of a larger project.


Initially, an expression of interest (EOI) form must be submitted to the RPA outlining how the applicant will meet the criteria for the scheme i.e. create jobs, grow your business or improve the local economy.

The RPA will aim to respond within 30 days and if deemed eligible, the applicant will be invited to submit a full application.

The full application requires considerably more information including final project costs, supplier details, key dates, proposed project outputs, supporting documents, business accounts for 3 years, relevant planning permissions, three quotes for each item to be purchased and evidence that the applicant can cover the costs.

Funding will only be offered to applications which are deemed to best meet the purposes of the funding and will provide the best value for taxpayer’s money. Each application is scored, and priority is given to those that meet local needs (set out in the LEP Directory).

All projects must be finished with grant claims submitted by 30 September 2021.

Submitting an EOI

Expressions of interest must be submitted to the RPA by midnight on 16th February 2020. If you would like our assistance, then please contact Chloe Dolphin or Karen Shuttleworth 01756 692900 or, .

Successful Planning Approval and Sale

WBW Planning Team successfully obtained planning approval for two semi-detached houses on this attractive level site on the outskirts of the popular village of Thornton.

The site has now been sold by WBW on behalf of Clients obtaining in excess of the asking price after a high level of interest.  It just shows there is good demand for well located small development sites for up to three houses from local developers who are looking for attractive opportunities in their local area.

WBW Surveyors Ltd offer Clients a full range of advice from obtaining planning through to marketing and sales advice and welcome contact from anyone with a site wishing to explore planning opportunities and future sale prospects.