Government Departments & Agencies
Acorus has extensive experience of working with Government Departments and Agencies.
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
Acorus are retained consultants within Defra advising on acquisition, management and disposal of the Department’s rural estate which includes properties occupied by agencies such as the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS).
Agricultural Land Tribunals (ALT),
Acorus are the retained consultants providing Net Annual Income Assessments in Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 succession of tenancy applications. Agricultural Dwelling House Advisory Committees (ADHACs), we are retained consultants providing appraisals of applications for the re-housing of qualifying former agricultural workers under the Rent (Agriculture) Act 1976.
Highways Agency (Department for Transport, DfT)
Acorus are specialist advisers on agricultural impact assessments of new road schemes. We work with design and environment teams carrying out surveys, analysis and assessment of Agricultural Land Classification (ALC) providing mitigation advice and contributions to Environmental Statements. We are often called upon as expert witnesses at Public Inquiries.
HM Prisons Service (Ministry for Justice)
Acorus act as specialist advisers to HM Prison Service on agricultural/rural building design. We undertake the planning and design of new prison farm buildings and the appraisal and refurbishment of old buildings.
We have worked with the Land Based Activities Section with HM Prison Service over a number of years on various projects including a modernisation programme for the two remaining prison farms in the UK. Consultants also have extensive experience of working with County Councils, The Ministry of Defence and Forestry Commission.
In 2011, Ted Rogers – Director, Corporate & Government was honoured to accept the Lord Chancellor’s appointment as a Lay Drainage Panel Member of the Agricultural Land Tribunal, Midlands and Western Tribunals. He was also awarded a Certificate to mark 35 years of membership of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers.