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We are specialists in the sale of rural property and land throughout the Midlands and offer a broad range of professional services.


Landlord and Tenant Matters

Whether it is agreements for Farm Business Premises (FBT), agreements under the 1986 Agricultural Holdings Act or resident tenancies, Eaton and Hollis have a professional, practical and experienced approach to assist all our clients with all matters.

Planning and Development Advice


There are many pitfalls with planning.  It is essential that you get the right professional and practical advice to guide you through each stage of the process, in order to give your project the best chance of success.  Eaton and Hollis have built up a wealth of contacts throughout the industry to assist with a large variety of projects.  Eaton and Hollis can offer services in the following sectors:

  • Rural Property & Estates
  • Commercial
  • Waste
  • Agricultural
  • Utilities
  • Renewables
  • Residential
  • Minerals

We offer the following services to our clients:

  • Pre-planning advice
  • New dwellings for rural and agricultural use
  • Lawful development certificates
  • Rural and farm diversification projects
  • Permitted development applications
  • Viability
  • Farm appraisals
  • Agricultural tied dwellings
  • New buildings for agricultural or commercial use
  • Renewable energy projects
  • Appeals and enforcement notices
  • Change of use applications
  • Section 106 agreements
  • Design advice
  • Barn conversions

Eaton and Hollis deal with a large number of Local Authorities, District Councils, Solicitors, architects, ecologists and engineers.  We are best placed to give pragmatic, professional advice on a large variety of projects.  Eaton and Hollis can act in a lead role as Project Manager.


Eaton and Hollis offer independent and professional advice concerning land on a national basis.  We advise on:

  • Pre-representational advice
  • Negotiating and advising in option agreements
  • Development land sales
  • Making initial representations to Local Authorities
  • Promotion agreements
  • Development counselling and formal appraisals

We have a wealth of connections throughout the industry including house builders, developers and national agents.

Please contact one of our team for further information.

Compulsory Purchase and Compensation

We act for landowners and occupiers in all aspects of compulsory purchase and compensation matters.

Compulsory Purchase issues may involve:

  • Pipes
  • Flood alleviation
  • Wires
  • Roads

Compensation issues may include:

  • Land Taken
  • Damage caused
  • Any issues to owners and occupiers

With our assistance from the earliest stages, whether it is Compulsory Purchase or Compensation, we offer a wealth of experience and a hands-on approach to make sure landowners and occupiers are correctly recompensed and we follow up with subsequent claims for any longer term issues.

We have up to date knowledge of local land markets and farming costs to assist with any claim.

It is important to remember that in most cases your resale professional fees are normally paid by the acquiring authority.

Basic Payment, Cross Compliance and Farm Subsidy Schemes

Basic Payments (BPS)

We have assisted clients for many years in completing CAP Scheme applications for land based subsidies and with the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) so we are well placed to provide experienced advice on all matters.  We offer a professional service drawing on a background of considerable practical and business experience and are fully updated by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA).

We can advise on all aspects of the BPS including:

  • Eligibility for the BPS
  • Cross compliance advice and how to adapt accordingly
  • Meeting greening requirements
  • Dealing with any queries that arise from the RPA
  • Which regulations affect you
  • Exemption from regulations
  • On line submission of the BPS application on your behalf

We understand the importance to you of BPS income to our clients and we have a comprehensive knowledge of its intricacies.

Cross Compliance

Cross compliance is the backbone of the rules to Basic Payment Scheme.  It is important that businesses claiming BPS meet these minimum requirements to avoid penalties arising from an inspection by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) and other statutory bodies.

  • Advice on specific aspects of good agricultural and environmental conditions (GAEC) and statutory management requirements (SMR)
  • Advice on meeting Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZ) regulations
  • Compliance with agricultural waste regulations.
  • Offer advice and help to challenge cross compliance penalties applied by the RPA to Basic Payment Scheme payments

We can offer advice on these rules and help you complete the records required to ensure you are ready for a Rural Payments Agency inspection.

Contact a member of the Eaton and Hollis team to find out more.

Other Farm Subsidy Schemes

  • Capital Grant applications
  • Stewardship schemes and conservation schemes

We can guide you through:

  • Identifying the most suitable source of funding for your project
  • Preparing and expression of interest (EOI)
  • Planning and other statutory issues
  • Assessing the feasibility of your scheme
  • Liaising with the funding provider
  • The full grant application with supporting budgets and business plans

We can offer advice on these rules and help you to complete the records required to ensure you are ready for a Rural Payments Agency inspection.

Contact a member of the Farm Office Services Team to find out more.

Farm Office Services


Renewable Energy Projects

Renewable energy is one of the world’s fastest growing industries and one that offers opportunities of which many landowners may not be aware.  Our dedicated team of renewable energy experts can offer independent advice to help you choose the right project and give an honest evaluation of the returns you can expect.

The service can provide either an overview of the potential opportunities available in all of the renewable sectors or specific advice tailored to your needs on a particular technology.  Our expertise includes large and small scale wind, solar PV, biomass and energy crops, anaerobic digestion and large to small scale thermal power.

By carrying out renewable energy audits we can identify and assess potential opportunities and technologies based on your specific site, resources and preferences.

Our evaluation and advice will look into project feasibility, whilst including an in depth financial analysis.  We can then implement projects by obtaining quotations, tendering and submitting planning applications.  We are able to offer further advice with various funding options as well as assistance with overseeing the completion of the project if required.

To find out more please contact one of the team today.

Land and Estate Management

Our aim is to bring creativity and innovation into our service whilst respecting traditional estate management values.  We have a diverse team of rural professionals, offering our clients a comprehensive land and estate management service to ensure they realise the best returns from their assets.

We work with a large number of farms and estates and undertake to help owners as much or as little as they need.  Our services can help you on the ground level and include:

  • Property management
  • Farm lettings
  • Digital mapping
  • Tax planning and succession
  • Renewable and energy requirements
  • Portfolio appraisals
  • Strategic estate planning
  • Landlord and tenant
  • Development opportunities
  • Land management

(This can include arranging the letting of the land under either licence or tenancy, arranging the sale of the growing crops, claiming farm subsidies and other stewardship schemes as well as many other land matters).

To find out more about the services we offer or to discuss your circumstances in more detail please contact one of our team.

Farm Dispersal Sales

Eaton and Hollis offer a specialist farm, machinery and livestock dispersal sale facility throughout the Midlands and the wider geographical area.

Barrie Williamson and James Filer head up the dispersal sale team and can be contacted for informal, confidential advice on 01335 360438.

We offer a bespoke service to suit all our client’s needs no matter how big or small.

Our dispersal sale facilities include cataloguing, advertising, site arrangements, sale preparation and the dispersal sale itself to include any additional unforeseen involvement thereafter relating to the sale.

Over the years Eaton and Hollis has built up an extensive database of contacts throughout the industry who we liaise with on a regular basis to inform them of upcoming sales and of specific items included in the sales.  Please keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for upcoming dispersal sale information.