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Avian Influenza Prevention Zone Lifted at Midday on 16 August 2022

The Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) covering England, Wales and Scotland was lifted at midday on 16 August 2022. Separate declarations have been made for each administration and are available on the web for England and Wales. Declarations for Scotland and Northern Ireland are not yet available. For further information and guidance see the DEFRA, Welsh Government, Scottish Government, and DAERA websites; guidance varies between the different administrations....

Arbitration - CAAV Appointment of Arbitrators

The coming Michaelmas term dates see rent reviews and terminations for many agricultural tenancies in England and Wales. The CAAV has a role in appointment of arbitrators and other alternative dispute resolution methods across the UK (listen to Podcast #40 - 'CAAV’s Facilitating Dispute Resolution Service' for more information). Appointments can be made via the application form....

England: Hare Coursing Legislation

The provisions in the Police Crime Sentencing and Courts Act 2022 relating to hare coursing came into effect from 1st August. These include:Increasing the maximum penalty for trespassing in pursuit of game under the Game Acts (the Game Act 1831 and the Night Poaching Act 1828) to an unlimited fine and introducing the possibility of up to six months’ imprisonment.Two new criminal offences: trespass with the intention of using a dog to search for or pursue a hare; and being equipped to trespass...

Jeremy's Blog 12th August 2022: Interest Rates - Time and Risk

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 11th August 2022 After more than decade of unprecedentedly low figures, interest rates with their relevance to valuation are again at the centre of economic and political debate, bearing on valuations both in the market place and informing choices of discount and capitalisation rates. Like trade and despite utopians, a price for using someone else’s money, making their credit available, seems innate human behaviour. The...

Environment Agency has confirmed Drought status in eight of its 14 areas

At The National Drought Group's meeting today, 12th August 2022, the Environment Agency said that the drought trigger threshold had been met to move parts of the South West, parts of Southern and Central England, and the East of England into Drought. The Environment Agency has confirmed Drought status in eight of its 14 areas: Devon and CornwallSolent and South DownsKent and South LondonHerts and North LondonEast AngliaThamesLincolnshire and NorthamptonshireEast Midlands...

Guidance on transporting animals in extreme weather

DEFRA has updated its guidance on Keeping farm animals and horses in extreme weather to include further guidance on how to transport animals in extreme weather. Welsh Government has also published its own guidance on keeping and transporting animals in hot weather as well as requirements on water provisions and conditions in markets....

Jeremy's Blog 5th August 2022: Supply Issues and Future Proofing

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 4th August 2022 While it seems that weather records can always be broken, East Anglia, the south east and south central England have, with 5mm of rain, had the driest July since the Met Office was founded in 1836, after England’s driest 8 months since 1976. Temperatures above 40oC broke UK records. In a pattern consistent with but ahead of climate change forecasts, much of the west and north were wetter with Scotland having...

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Scotland: Edinburgh - first Short-Term Let Control Area

The Scottish Government has announced Edinburgh as the first Short-Term Let Control Area under the The Town and Country Planning (Short-term Let Control Areas) (Scotland) Regulations 2021. This is part of the Scottish Government's wider objective of addressing the perceived impact of short-term lets on communities (see CAAV Note 25th November 2021)....

Scotland: New Build Heat Standard Consultation

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on its proposed New Build Heat Standard. The Government has proposed that from 1 April 2024 all new buildings applying for a building warrant will only be permitted to use zero direct emissions heating systems. A zero direct emissions heating system is defined as one by which the building is heated or cooled or by which hot water is made available using thermal energy located within the building or its curtilage and which does not emit...

Jeremy's Blog 29th July 2022: Independent Innovation

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 28th July 2022 The CAAV’s Soils Event, deferred by the pandemic, was held last week at Norbury Park Estate on the Staffordshire/Shropshire border, enjoying the hospitality of the owner, Professor Jo Bradwell. Soil scientist, Elizabeth Stockdale of NIAB, distinguished “soil character”– is a soil sandy, peat, loam, brash, …? – from “soil health” – is that soil in good heart? As a changeable quality,...

The Green Heat Network Fund – Deadline for Applications for Funding

The Green Heat Network Fund aims to support the public, private and third sectors in developing low carbon district heating and cooling networks. The three-year scheme, with a total of £288 million in capital funding, opened in March 2022. It is now open for applications for the second round of funding, with a closing deadline of 26 August 2022. A further nine quarterly funding rounds are planned, with the last one on 29 November 2024. Grant funding is available of up to 50 percent of eligible...

The Beavers (England) Order 2022

The Beavers (England) Order 2022 was laid before Parliament on 22nd of July. The Order, coming into force from 1st October 2022, has two effects: The Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber) will be listed in Schedule 2 of the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017. This will include the animal in the list of European Protected Species, and provides the species with legal protection against the unlicensed capture, killing or disruption.The Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber) will be included in...

DEFRA Farming Grants

Today (26th July) DEFRA have published a brochure detailing the grants available for farmers and land managers in England, and setting out the schemes that will be available in the coming years. The brochure can be downloaded from GOV.uk.

Jeremy's Blog 22nd July 2022: Rural Land Management for the Future

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 21st July 2022 Now is a time to prepare for the future. While farming’s common response is to point to uncertainty for delay and remaining as we are, now is when to improve businesses and build in resilience ahead of the post-BPS world. Earlier planned change is likely to be more effective; hiding from it risks later radical change, whether from public policy or the marketplace. Improving the business is likely to be...

Sizewell C Project Development Consent Order granted

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has granted consent for the construction of a new nuclear power station, announced by the Government on 20th July. The decision and the evidence considered by the Examining Authority in reaching its recommendation are publicly available on the project pages of the National Infrastructure Planning website....

Addressing Nutrient Pollution

DEFRA has announced two new policies to address ongoing issues of nutrient pollution in catchments and waterways. An amendment is to be introduced into the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill, requiring water companies in England to upgrade wastewater treatment works by 2030 in ‘nutrient neutrality’ areas to the highest achievable technological levels.A new Nutrient Mitigation Scheme, establishing a process of offsetting for use by Local Authorities. The CAAV will be reviewing the proposals...

DEFRA Response to OEP

DEFRA has responded to the Office for Environmental Protection's first Monitoring Report (for more information, see our website note of 12th May). The response sets out some of DEFRA's ongoing work in relation to meeting its environmental targets, including a review of the 25 Year Environment Plan, that is to be published by 31st January 2023. In the response, George Eustice states that the review is to become the main environmental work programme for the department....

Jeremy's Blog 15th July 2022: Government Faces the Winter

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 14th July 2022 History can rhyme. The Downing Street storm broke and the Prime Minister is now a caretaker awaiting his successor. It is a century long echo of the removal of Lloyd George as Prime Minister by the Carlton Club Conservative Party meeting in 1922, Stanley Baldwin saying “a dynamic force was a terrible thing” destroying political parties. With tax cuts now canvassed as freely as tree planting in the last...

House of Commons Library Briefings on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

The House of Commons Library has prepared two useful briefing notes on renewable energy and energy efficiency. One covers schemes available to support domestic energy efficiency, heating and power generation while the other discusses improving energy efficiency in older houses. Both briefing notes contain references for further reading....

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