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High Court rules in favour of solar campaigners

03 January 2012

The High Court has held that the Government's actions in setting a cut-off date for new Feed-in Tariff rates before a consultation on the proposals had closed were potentially illegal, thus clearing the way for a potential judicial review of the process. The Government has indicated that it will appeal against the decision. The new, reduced FiT rates were due to come into effect from 12th December 2011.

Government appeals against FiT decision

06 January 2012

The Government has lodged grounds of appeal against the High Court's ruling that its decision to amend FiT rates before a consultation had closed may have been illegal. A formal statement is available on the DECC website.

DEFRA seeks new members for National Park Authorities

09 January 2012

DEFRA is seeking to appoint new members to five National Park Authorities (NPAs) and the Broads Authority as follows:-
- 2 members in the New Forest, North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales NPAs 
- 1 member in the Peak District and South Downs NPAs and the Broads Authority
The appointments are to be for an initial period of up to 4 years and will commence from May 2012. The deadline for receipt of applications is 13th February 2012. Further information and application forms may be found on the DEFRA website.

HS2 is approved

10 January 2012

The Secretary of State for Transport has announced that the proposed HS2 high speed rail link between London and Birmingham will go ahead. The official statement can be downloaded from the Department of Transport website and further detail will be added to the Members' Documents section shortly.

DEFRA confirms pilot badger cull areas

19 January 2012

DEFRA has confirmed the two pilot badger cull areas - one in West Gloucestershire and the other in West Somerset. Natural England will now assess their licence applications against the criteria set. If successful, badger culling will take place in the pilot areas over a six week period which is likely to start this autumn. Further information is available on the DEFRA website.

Schmallenberg Virus found on four sheep farms in England

24 January 2012

The AHVLA has confirmed the presence of Schmallenberg Virus on four sheep farms in Norfolk, Suffolk and East Sussex. Further information is available on the AHVLA website.

Government loses appeal on Solar Feed-in Tariffs

25 January 2012

The Government has lost its appeal against the High Court ruling on the reduction of Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) for solar pv installations, but it is seeking leave to take the case to the Supreme Court. DECC has already put in place a revised reference date of 3rd March 2012.  Further information is available on the DECC website.

CAAV Spring Briefings - 24th February and 8th March 2012 - early booking advisable

30 January 2012

The CAAV will be holding two one day briefings (Friday 24th February - Belton Woods, Lincs and Thursday 8th March - The Gables Hotel, Falfield, S. Glos) where Jeremy Moody, Alice De Soer and Kate Russell will give an update on current professional matters of relevance including CAP reform post-2013 proposals, renewables, Inheritance Tax, agricultural and business tenancy agreements and disagreements. Early booking is advisable and booking forms are available in the Events section of this website. Further information may also be obtained from Elaine Neades.

Chris Huhne stands down as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

03 February 2012

Ed Davey has been made Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change after Chris Huhne stood down to defend himself against criminal charges.

Badger Trust gives DEFRA notice of legal challenge

09 February 2012

Following DEFRA's announcement regarding two pilot badger cull areas, the Badger Trust has written to DEFRA to give notice of the grounds of challenge they intend to pursue if DEFRA does not alter its decision. Please see the Badger Trust News Release for further information.

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