*The former directors of Shropshire agent Halls are to buy back the firm from Humberts, which acquired the business last September. The firm has nine offices in Shropshire, Worcestershire and mid-Wales and employs 75 staff. Chairman Peter Willcock said: “We are delighted that the strong Halls brand is now back in our ownership and control.”
*Western Green Farm at Thornborough, Bucks, went under the hammer with agent Henry H Bletsoe & Son and achieved a whopping 40% more than its guide price of £800,000. The 98-acre ring-fenced farm with traditional farmhouse and buildings drew a winning bid of £1.12m from a local farmer buyer.
*A substantial block of 347 acres of arable land and woodland near Middlesborough is about to come to the market with Yorkshire agent Robin Jessop. The firm’s Andrew Dickins said the sale, which is by private treaty, included no residential or commercial accommodation and would be a significant test of the market for bare agricultural acres. The same firm is also selling a 52-acre block of bare land between Northallerton and Thirsk.