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210120 Wales: Cross Compliance Verifiable Standards 2021

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The Welsh Government has published the Cross Compliance Verifiable Standards 2021. The Verifiable Standards set out in detail the obligations of a farmer who receives payments under Cross Compliance and the Basic Payment Schemes. The standards may be used when classifying breaches of Good Agricultural and Environmental Conditions (GAEC) and Statutory Management Requirements (SMR) 2021.

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210119: Scotland - Natural Capital Assessment of New Woodlands

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Scottish Forestry has published a report which quantifies the natural capital benefits of new woodland planting in Scotland, including carbon capture and flood mitigation. A press release can be found here and the report can be downloaded from the Scottish Forestry website....

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210118 Scotland: Revised Code of Conduct for Property Factors

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The Scottish Government has published a draft Revised Code of Conduct for Property Factors, which applies to those involved in the management of common parts of residential property owned by two or more people. It is intended to take effect from 16th August 2021.

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210118 Wales: Natural Resources Wales General Licenses

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The High Court has today,18 Jan, ruled that Natural Resources Wales’ (NRW) General Licences to control wild birds are lawful following a legal challenge by campaigning body Wild Justice. Find the Natural Resource Wales article on the decision here. The 2021 General Licences are on Natural Resources Wales website. Anyone who intends to use lethal methods to control birds not covered by a general licence will still need to apply for a specific licence....

England: New legal protection for statues and monuments

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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.

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210118 Wales: Farming Connect article on reducing ammonia emissions from agriculture

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Farming Connect has published a useful article on Air Pollution: Reducing emissions from agriculture by adapting fertiliser storage and land application techniques. It covers how improving approaches for manure storage and spreading as well as fertiliser management can have a significant effect on overall ammonia emission rates....

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210118 Wales: Consultation on Devolved Tribunals in Wales

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The Law Commission is consulting on proposals for devolved Tribunals in Wales, including a new, single, unified First Tier Tribunal with chambers. The closing date for responses is 19th March 2021 and the consultation documents can be found on the Law Commission website.

NEW PODCAST on Telecoms

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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

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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...

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SI 2021/42 The Countryside Stewardship (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021

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The Countryside Stewardship (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (SI 2021/42) has today, 15th January 2021, been laid before Parliament and will come into force on 8th February 2021, applying to England only. The amendment includes: In Part 2 of the Schedule, under the heading 8. Uplands - the addition of:(g) Management of wood pasture and parkland(h) Restoration of wood pasture and parkland(i) creation of wood pasture in Part 3 of the Schedule, under the heading 4. Fencing and gates - the...

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