Fox Bennett
Tel: 0116 281 4931


Farm and Rural Agency

Fox Bennett provides bespoke and tailored advice in the marketing and sale of all types of rural property. Our qualified Chartered Surveyors have many years experience in the rural market and specialise in the sales of farms and estates; bare land and paddocks; residential properties; woodland and amenity land; barns for conversion, building plots and development land.

Detailed local knowledge enables us to provide the most relevant and up to date advice.

At Fox Bennett we take great pride in the way that we look after our clients and market their properties.


Fox Bennett has many years experience in the sale of properties by auction. Recent sales have proven the benefits of selling by auction by providing a fast, transparent and efficient process with a definite conclusion on the fall of the hammer.

The following types of property may be suitable for auction:

  • Cottages and houses for renovation
  • Agricultural and amenity land
  • Building plots and development sites
  • Barns with planning permission
  • Repossessions
  • Any unusual property


Planning and Development Advice

Fox Bennett provides advice on all aspects of the planning and development process. Our expertise ranges from the conversion of redundant farm buildings to the promotion of large - scale developments and experience in residential, commercial and agricultural diversification schemes, including agricultural dwellings.

We provide services including the submission of planning applications, preparation of appeals, and promotion of land through the Local Development Frameworks.

We provide advice on option agreements and other conditional agreements with developers for the promotion and sale of substantial areas of development land.

Our knowledge of the planning process and experience in the property market enables us to help you maximise the potential of your property.


Fox Bennett provides a comprehensive valuation service based on an expert knowledge of the property market for a complete range of agricultural, commercial, development and residential properties as well as live and dead stock.

Valuations are undertaken for all purposes including sale and purchase, mortgage, taxation, probate, matrimonial disputes, stocktaking and business reorganisation.

All valuations are undertaken by experienced Chartered Surveyors accredited under the Registered Valuers Scheme and in accordance with the RICS Valuation Standards.

Landlord and Tenant Services

Fox Bennett provides a wide range of professional services in acting for both landlords and tenants of agricultural, residential and commercial properties.

We have an in-depth knowledge of the legal issues connected with the use and occupation of land that enables us to advise on the correct framework of tenancies and on the resolution of all matters arising.


Advice on all matters under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986, including rent reviews, valuations for tenant right and dilapidations, and applications for tenancy successions. Experienced in disputes including arbitrations and Agricultural Lands Tribunal cases.

Negotiation of modern Farm Business Tenancies under the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995 and the drafting of agreements.

Advice on alternative methods for the management of land including contract farming and grazing agreements.



Letting and management of houses and cottages. Our services encompass comprehensive tenant referencing, preparation of tenancy agreements, records of condition, and rent collection. Deposits are collected and administered under an authorised Tenancy Deposit Scheme and we can organise necessary gas and electrical safety inspections.


We advise on all aspects of diversification schemes including the letting and management of properties under the Landlord and Tenant Acts. Our knowledge and experience enables us to negotiate the most appropriate terms for business tenancies according to the wishes of the parties and the circumstances of the property.

Estate Management

Fox Bennett provides a full service to the requirements of private, corporate and institutional clients for advice and management of their rural estates and property portfolios.

Our Chartered Surveyors provide the expertise to estate owners to enhance the returns from their property.

Compulsory Purchase and Compensation

Most landowners can expect to face a compulsory acquisition for an electricity wayleave; water, sewage or gas main; or road scheme at some time. Fox Bennett has the experience and expertise to negotiate with the statutory authorities and utility companies in order to minimise the disruption and to maximise your compensation.

It is usual for acquiring bodies to pay your reasonable fees for professional advice in these instances allowing you to benefit from our expertise in most cases at no cost.

Grants and Payments

Fox Bennett has gained considerable experience in dealing with the various support schemes available for farmers and rural property owners.

We advise on the Single Payment Scheme including transfers of entitlements and Cross-Compliance issues.

We are also able to advise on Entry Level Environmental Schemes and grants available for diversification.


Fox Bennett is an officially appointed agent of the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (AMC). We can assist you in securing loans for any farming purpose including land purchase, rescheduling debt, working capital, business reorganisation, diversification and improving or erecting buildings.


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