The success of any business is largely due to how effectively the people involved work together. And nowhere is that more true than on a rural estate, where success is influenced by a huge number of different stakeholders.
The past eighteen months have been a period of adjustment in the rural land market. 2016 was a year of relatively restricted supply, suppressed commodity prices and (therefore) a cooling in the fervour of aggressively acquisitive buyers.
It was clear from my first interactions with the senior partner of the Bidwells team in Perth that we shared a common vision for the estate. And today, more than fifteen years later, Bidwells remains the trusted manager of the Murthly Estate.
The challenges surrounding flood risk have never been greater. We need to find a way to balance the growing frequency and severity of floods, predicted as a result of climate change, with the ever-increasing demand for new houses, offices and commercial premises.
Now that all 14 of the Essex LPAs have published evidence on housing needs that they consider to be in line with the requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework, it is an appropriate time to consider where and how much growth May needs to be accommodated across the County, together with the factors in the recently published Housing White Paper most likely to affect Plan-making and delivery.