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The Onshore Wind Sector Deal for Scotland – implications for farming and rural communities.

Author: Derek Bathgate Davidson & Robertson (D&R) Director and lead on Renewables The Onshore Wind Sector Deal for Scotland is a deal between the Scottish Government and the onshore wind sector (the developers and stakeholders). It sets out the ambition for the next phase of onshore wind energy in Scotland. Both parties realised the need […]

Martin Hall appointed Senior Vice President of CAAV

Meet your 2023/2024 CAAV Presidential Team L-R: Martin Hall (Senior Vice President, Malcolm Gale (National President), Julie Liddle (Junior Vice President) Congratulations to D&R’s Senior Director Martin Hall who was elected Senior Vice President of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) for 2023/2024 at their AGM in Oxford. Malcolm Gale takes on the role […]

Development land update: Cumbria and Lake District

Authors: Chris Edmunds, Director and Nathaniel Walton, Graduate Surveyor Land with potential for development can carry a value of 20 times that of agricultural value, however realising this level of increased value depends on receiving the right promotion and guidance. Davidson & Robertson is currently involved with over 130 development sites across the business throughout […]

Significant electricity transmission upgrades – what you need to know

Author: Sarah Bennett, D&R Associate, Castle Douglas Electricity networks across the country are undergoing a significant upgrade to ensure the grid can deal with the additional electricity being generated as part of the drive towards Net Zero. Construction of new pylon lines Electricity companies on both sides of the border have major construction works planned […]

Forestry land sales

The current picture – a land sales perspective William Dalrymple, Davidson & Robertson Associate, is responsible for forestry and land sales across Scotland. There are larger companies that provide detailed land sales updates which we will reference, but this article provides a D&R specialist perspective, based on the work we carry out for clients and […]

Caution – deadline looming for Short-Term Let Licensing Scheme

Katie Kolita under tree

Author: Katie Kolita D&R Graduate Surveyor, Castle Douglas Many self-catering property owners and operators will by now be aware of the Short-Term Let Licencing Scheme.  However, official figures from the Public Registers show very few proprietors have materially got their licences in place and the 1st October deadline looms. Katie Kolita has been working with […]

Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) – market update

Kirsty Barr under tree

In the UK, the switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources is accelerating rapidly, and the adoption of the National Planning Framework 4 Policy (NPF4) means Scotland actively promotes renewable energy and the government’s net zero target. It is no surprise that developers and operators are still approaching Scottish landowners seeking Battery Energy Storage […]

Key considerations when selling or buying equestrian property

The equestrian property market in Scotland remains strong, despite current fluctuating market uncertainties and increased mortgage rates. For anyone looking at equestrian properties, the list of key considerations is in double figures, but there are five that Lewis Anderson, Aberdeen-based Director at Davidson & Robertson (D&R) believes are core. Lewis Anderson has firsthand experience of […]

Natural capital appraisals mark the way forward for land managers

For landowners and managers, natural capital appraisals will be an essential tool for the future, enabling businesses to harness the best opportunities for their land. Managing land for a whole range of purposes encompassing farming, forestry and a slew of environmental initiatives is about to hit a new level of complexity, bringing with it both […]

New winners for the SAYFC national Tug of War competition

The grand final of the Scottish Association of Young Farmers (SAYFC) Tug of War competition held on Saturday at the Royal Highland Show highlighted the passion, power and strength of the young farmers’ teams taking part. Sponsored by Davidson & Robertson, the men’s event was won by Lesmahagow-Young-Farmers and the ladies’ competition was won by […]