Personalised, professional advice and marketing
Comprehensive agricultural and rural property advice
Experienced and local commercial property advice
Proactive and innovative advice and solutions


December 2012 - A1 Upgrade - Leeming Bar to Barton

21 December 2012

The Government have announced the go-ahead for a previously postponed road building. The Highways Agency have begun updating their survey records with a view to a start of construction in early 2014. If you are affected in any way, please contact Lister Haigh on 01423 860322.

October 2012 - Farmland Sells to 15,000 / Acre

11 October 2012

Demand Remains Strong For Commercial Farmland & Rural Properties

The market for farmland and agricultural properties in Yorkshire continues to impress with a large number of buyers from both agricultural and investment backgrounds seeking to buy land and rural property in the area.

At Lister Haigh’s public auction of Intake House Farm, Carthorpe approximately 60 people attended to witness all 6 lots sell, achieving a total price of £1,526,000 on Wednesday night (10th October 2012). The Auction was held at The Nags Head Inn, Pickhill and saw a strong turnout which included a number of local buyers from a range of backgrounds. Many of the successful bidders were adjoining owners however there was strong interest from a number of investors as well as private individuals looking at the residential dwelling.

Bidding commenced with the Farmhouse and steading which sold for £320,000 before 5 lots of farmland were offered, the first two lots selling to an adjoining owner for around £6,000 per acre. Bidding was brisk for Lot 4 with four separate contenders and the 50 acres of productive grassland achieved just short of £8,000 per acre. Lot 5 & 6 exceeded all expectations with both lots achieving well in excess of their guide prices and achieving £14,800 per acre and £11,700 per acre respectively.

The full results are set out below:

Lot 1 Farmhouse & steading in 1.92ac Sold £320,000
Lot 2 Grassland extending to approx. 81.99ac Sold £480,000
Lot 3 Grassland extending to approx. 17.36ac Sold £105,000
Lot 4 Grassland extending to approx. 50.08ac Sold £395,000
Lot 5 Grassland extending to approx. 6.05ac Sold £90,000
Lot 6 Grassland extending to approx. 11.63ac Sold £136,000
Total £1,526,000

Lister Haigh have achieved many successful sales of both Farmland and Rural Properties over recent months showing that the right marketing strategy and approach to property sales can achieve outstanding results even in these difficult economic times.

If you are thinking of selling your property and would like advice on the best method of sale and marketing strategy then please contact either John Haigh or Andrew Hardcastle in our Knaresborough office (01423 860322), Paul Johnston in our Boroughbridge office (01423 322382) or Richard Lister in our Harrogate office (01423 730700).

September 2012 - Auction Results - Intake House Farm & Land

17 September 2012



7.00pm on Wednesday 10th October 2012
at The Nags Head Inn, Pickhill, Thirsk YO7 4JG

Price Guides:
Farmstead inc House & Buildings £335,000
Land in 5 Lots from 6 to 82 acres £6,000 to £8,000/ac
The Whole (Farmstead & 169 acres) £1,435,000

Open to View:  From 10am until 12 Noon
Saturday 22nd September and Saturday 6th October 2012

July 2012 - Farmland Market Continues To Exceed Expectations

18 July 2012


Buyers packed into the Millstones Restaurant at Kettlesing on Tuesday night (17th July 2012) for the Auction Sale of farmland at Fewston, North Yorkshire by Lister Haigh. On offer was a total of 113.15 acres of grassland with a stone barn for sale in 3 lots with a total guide price of £625,000.

Approximately 75 people attended the auction which saw all three lots sell well in excess of their guide prices confirming the strong demand for agricultural properties in Yorkshire. Bidding quickly gathered pace as prospective purchasers showed their enthusiasm for all three lots. The final results are set out below with Lot 1 & 3 selling to an adjoining owner and Lot 2 selling to a local investor.

Lot 1 -   62.89 Ac grassland           Guide Price £335,000      Sold £402,000 (£6,392/ac)

Lot 2 -   Stone barn in 2.33ac       Guide Price £75,000        Sold £132,000

Lot 3 -   47.93 Ac Grassland          Guide Price £215,000      Sold £265,000 (£5,529/ac)

The success of this Auction outlines the strength of the market for agricultural property in Yorkshire and it is anticipated that the results will prompt further sales of farmland in the area in the near future. Should anyone wish to discuss their options regarding selling agricultural properties then please contact Andrew Hardcastle or John Haigh on 01423 860322.

July 2012 - Win A Luxury Hamper

05 July 2012


To celebrate the Jubilee we are offering a Luxury Hamper to the person who can correctly value properties from all 7 decades that the Queen has reigned. Come and see us at our 'Stand 234' and pick up a brochure and competition form. The show runs from Tuesday 10th July until Thursday 12th July 2012. Hope to see you there and Good Luck!

(Competiton rules apply)

January 2012 - HS2 Update

17 January 2012

The government has given the green light to a new £32.7bn high-speed rail network The decision ends months of speculation with the first phase of the network, between London and Birmingham, due to come into operation in 2026.

On 10 January 2012 the transport secretary, Justine Greening, announced a series of amendments to the route including new stretches of tunneling intended to appease opponents of the scheme. A link to a plan of the route can be found below

Entire post consultation route, showing which map covers which area - drawing number HS2-ARP-00-DR-RW-05000 (PDF - 25508 KB)

About 22.5 miles of the amended route is underground, an increase of 50% on the original plan. Despite these improvements to limit the negative impacts of the line, HS2 will inevitably affect some homeowners, communities and businesses. To help those affected the government aim to bring in a package of measures, which are over and above what affected homeowners are already entitled to under law.

These include:

• A streamlined purchase scheme to simplify the statutory blight process for property owners;

• A sale and rent back scheme to give homeowners within the safeguarded area more flexibility;

• A streamlined small claims scheme for construction damage which will allow individuals and businesses who are entitled to compensation under existing law to claim it more quickly and simply;

• A package of measures to reinforce confidence in properties above tunnels. Homeowners will be offered before and after surveys, a thorough assessment of the impact of similar tunnels, an explanation of the measures that will be taken to prevent perceptible vibration impacts, financial compensation for the compulsory purchase of subsoil, and a legally binding promise that HS2 will be permanently responsible for resolving any related settlement or subsidence issues; and,

• A refreshed hardship-based property purchase scheme.

If you are affected by the London to Birmingham High Speed Rail Link and would like further information on compensation and compulsory purchase please contact our Knaresborough Office on 01423 860322:
Site by The Media Works