The Residential Property Department at Barlow Robbins LLP acts for and advises many clients in their purchase or sale of an equestrian property.
We have been privileged to act for one International Dressage Team and one International Eventing Team buying properties in the South East in preparation for the 2012 Olympics. We also act for clients who enjoy equestrian activities; be that eventing at a high level or having children that compete through local Pony Clubs.
The firm is proud to sponsor the NSEA (National Schools Equestrian Association) and also sponsors one of the large local Pony Clubs; the Chiddingfold Farmers.
When advising clients in connection with purchasing an equestrian property, there are various additional issues that we need to consider. These include:
- Occupiers - The size and scope of equestrian properties often necessitates the need for additional support to ensure the smooth running of livery yards or stable yards. Some equestrian properties may have “liveries” who pay a sum of money on a weekly basis to keep their horse on the property and use the facilities. It is crucial to ensure that vacant possession is offered on Completion, particularly if that is a pre-requisite. To avoid situations where individuals are inadvertently afforded security of tenure, all occupiers must have current Agreements in place.
- Facilities - We are conscious that certain types of equestrianism require different types of land, whether it be gallops and hills for eventers, or large indoor arenas for dressage riders. Well drained soil is also essential.
- Bridleways and Footpaths - Bio security, as well as protection for horses, is paramount. We are keen to identify if there are any footpaths or bridleways that cross the property/land to determine if they will impact on our client’s anticipated use of the land.
- Agricultural Ties - Some equestrian properties may be hampered by agricultural ties where the land is confined to agricultural use. Thereafter, we consider applying to the Rural Payments Agency under the Single Payment Scheme for allocated entitlements for the eligible agricultural area. It is crucial to organise the transfer of these entitlements as the RPA has strict time frames for claiming the annual entitlements.
- Planning Anomalies - As equestrian properties tend to incorporate a large amount of land there may be structures that have been erected or converted without the necessary consents. The rules protecting Listed Buildings extend to all the structures within the curtilage and it is a criminal offence to conduct work on such structures without Listed Planning Consent. There is no time limit for the Council to take enforcement action.
If you are searching for that special equestrian property (or are thinking of selling one) we can offer a bespoke service putting you in touch with a high-quality Buying or Selling Agent that specialise in the equestrian sector.
If you enjoy playing polo, show jumping, eventing or dressage and are looking to sell or buy an equestrian property please get in touch. Sarah Ambrose is a specialist equestrian property lawyer with extensive knowledge and expertise in the equestrian sector. She will undertake site visits with you so she is better able to understand the nature and extent of the property and guide you seamlessly through the conveyancing process.