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SEPA cyber attack

SEPA - the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency - was subject to a cyber attack on Christmas Eve. Data was stolen and some is believed to have been published online. Further details are available on the SEPA website.

The Environment Bill 2019-20 has completed the Committee Stage in the House of Commons

The Environment Bill 2019-21 has completed the Committee Stage in the House of Commons. A Report on Committee Stage has been published summarising what happened in the Committee and how the Bill has changed. It considers key Government and Opposition amendments. It is prepared in advance of the Bill's next stages (Report and Third Reading) scheduled for 26 January 2021.

England: New legal protection for statues and monuments

The Government has announced that new laws will offer additional protection to historic statues and monuments in England, by requiring listed building consent or full planning permission to be obtained before a statue or monument can be removed. Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.

NEW PODCAST on Telecoms

Three years after the new Electronic Communications Code came into force, we are starting to see some clarity emerge on how the renewal of agreements for rural telecoms sites should be dealt with. In our latest podcast, Kate Russell of the CAAV discusses the Upper Tribunal decision in ON Tower v Green and how it can help those dealing with renewals to reach agreement.

Jeremy's Blog 15th January 2021: A Time for Change

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 14th January 2021. Meetings this week have shown both the Government’s sense of urgency to drive change for English agriculture and the conflicts in doing that. While England’s Agricultural Transition Plan runs to 2027, its real detail is for the period that the Government sees it has until the next election: what it has not done by then might then not be done. The present funding is only assured to 2024. With the...

George Eustice speaks on gene editing at the Oxford Farming Conference

The Environment Secretary George Eustice delivered a speech on the opportunities presented by gene editing technology to the virtual Oxford Farming Conference yesterday (7th January). The speech can be read here. The DEFRA consultation on the regulation of gene editing technology can be found on the GOV.UK website....

December Mailing and Subscription Invoices

The December mailing, which includes the December News Letter and subscription invoices, was delayed but is expected to be with members during the week commencing 11th January. Please wait until your copy of the mailing has arrived before contacting the office with queries about your subscription invoice - thank you for your patience. The mailing also includes two new publications: Rural Arbitration in the UK and Beyond Brexit: The UK's New Agricultural Policies....

CAAV Christmas Closure

The CAAV office will be closed for Christmas from lunchtime on Tuesday 22nd December until Monday 4th January 2021

Jeremy's Blog 18th December 2020: 2020 and Forward

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 17th December 2020. A local pub has expressed the bizarreness of 2020 as this nightmare examination question:“If you are going down a river at 2mph and a wheel falls off your canoe, how much pancake mix do you need to re-shingle your shed?”In a year of “learning by doing”, the CAAV’s themes in answering are challenge, resilience and adaption. Change is accelerated as society and the economy have been challenged in...

Jeremy's Blog 11th December 2020: The Role of the Trusted Advisor

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 10th December 2020. As the CAP becomes part of the UK’s past, whatever the outcome of the current impasse with EU, so we have to look at the work to come. In England, the Transition Plan sets the direction but there is much work in its implementation with new tenancy regulations, consultations on the lump sum payment option for 2022 and then de-linking in 2024, the ELM Pilots starting in 2021, the development of the...

201204 England: EFRA Select Committee Inquiry into ELM and the agricultural transition

Today, Friday 4th December, the Environment, Food and Rural Affrairs (EFRA) Select Committee launches its inquiry into Environmental Land Management and the agricultural transition. The inquiry follows the Ministers' introduction of the Governments plans for an agricultural transition in England. The EFRA Committee will scrutinise the design of the new Environmental Land Management Scheme pilot, ahead of its launch in late 2021. More detail on the inquiry can be found at -...

Jeremy's Blog 4th December 2020: Change for Agricultural and Land Management

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 3rd December 2020. The drumbeat of change for agriculture and land management is now fast and loud. The message of prospective change is becoming real economic and practical change for farmers and their advisers, moving in a short period of days from speculation to a part of work. Policy making and scrutiny are now in the UK. While the negotiations with the EU remain unresolved and the Northern Ireland Protocol a mess, the EU...

NEW PODCAST on the Agricultural Transition Plan

The Agricultural Transition Plan - the biggest shake-up in farming policy for over 50 years Jeremy Moody reviews the government’s new Agricultural Transition Plan which lays out the roadmap for phasing out direct payments (Basic Payment Scheme (BPS)) and phasing in the new Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme and productivity schemes. Also available on Apple, Spotify and Google Podcasts. Catch-up on previous episodes here....

Jeremy's Blog 27th November 2020: Asset Values

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 26th November 2020. What drives asset values? The basic answer is supply and demand, encapsulating human behaviour. Demand is often the key driver and supply the key constraint, with value where people want something rather than because someone has it to sell. Markets, summarising people’s thoughts, hopes and fears, express the balance between them and ever-changing prices influence actions. That restless movement guides...

HS2 review misses key points, highlights CAAV

A review of HS2’s land and property acquisition has missed some fundamental points, according to the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV). The review, initiated by the Department for Transport in the summer, tried to address a wide range of concerns raised by several different parties involved with HS2, explains Kate Russell, policy adviser to the CAAV. “Perhaps inevitably, the result is a piecemeal series of recommendations. While some are very welcome – like better...

Jeremy's Blog 20th November 2020: Renewable Energy

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 19th November 2020. Only 10 years ago renewable energy exploded on the market as something that could be done on farms and estates, going beyond a few wind turbines to the rapid expansion of solar and, to a less obvious extent, AD and hydro, as part of the farm business or, often larger schemes, leased out. As this activity spread swiftly from an initial focus in Cornwall, members applied the core skills...

Jeremy's Blog 12/11/20: From Agriculture Act to a Green Recovery?

This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 12th November 2020: Although we wait to see the shape of the UK’s future relationship with the EU as negotiations of historic importance run beyond injury time, post-Brexit polices are moving from speculation to action. The Agriculture Act 2020 is the first post-Brexit policy statute and the first Agriculture Act since 1947. Taking effect in January, it will among many things enable the President of the CAAV to appoint...