Athertons Land Agency and Rural Property Services

Since 1994, John Atherton and his team have been providing professional Land Agency services for farmers, rural businesses and public sector clients throughout the North West.

These services include sales of all rural property, leases, landlord and tenant issues, valuations for all purposes, telecommunications masts, purchase and compensation matters including claims for pipelines, Wayleaves and highway schemes.

Planning and Farm Diversification

We have specialised in this line of business over many years. Agriculture has always been subject to change and this will continue. We can undertake feasibility studies, financial appraisals, design conversions, create building drawings and undertake all negotiations with the Planning Authority to see a scheme through from conception to completion. Let us help you to make the most of your asset with advice, alternatives and overviews.

We are specialists in diversification schemes throughout the North West. Change of use of barns, creation of new buildings for offices, shops, residential use, agricultural workers and removal of ties. We offer a free initial consultation to investigate the possibilities that may exist on your farm.

Surveying and Valuation

Agricultural portfolios these days include commercial buildings, let cottages/business units, residences, specialised or unique activity centres, as well as traditional farm buildings.

We can value them all – for all purposes – whether it is for mortgage/lending purposes, probate, family law, planning or effective asset management.

We can undertake Home Buyers Surveys, defect analysis and advice, measured land and building surveys and insurance valuations of residential, commercial and agricultural property.

Compensation and Compulsory Purchase

We ensure you receive proper compensation from organisations who want to use your land.

Pipelines – United Utilities and Transco

Electricity Wayleaves and easements

Highway Schemes – New roads and widening

Telecommunication – New sites and upgrades

In our negotiations we cover everything- and the utility companies usually pay out fees. Call us on 01254 822722 to discuss how we can help.


Sometimes adding millions to the value of your land, sometimes just securing a future for the business by way of a change of use or a new asset. We know the market and what the demands are and our knowledge can help you achieve more from your property and business. We have seen projects through every stage of the way to completion and sale of all kinds of new enterprises and land uses.

Sources of Finance

We can advise on all aspects of mortgages and rural finance for purchases of property or re-organisation of finances, businesses, acquisitions or new ventures.

Please call us on 01254 822722 to discuss any rural and land agency matters.