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CAAV Note 240620: Carbon Calculators - Agreement to Harmonise

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Three major farm carbon calculators, the Farm Carbon Toolkit, Cool Farm Alliance CIC and Agrecalc, have now agreed to harmonise their methodologies for calculating the greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture. This note has a brief overview of the agreement. The three calculators are holding a joint webinar for an hour on 11th September 2024 at 1pm....

Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill

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The Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill has completed its Stages in the Scottish Parliament on 18th June and now awaits Royal Assent. As framework legislation, the practical detail for schemes is to come at some point in the Rural Support Plan.

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CAAV Note 240619: River Action v EA

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The High Court has handed down a judgement in a judicial review claim launched by the charity River Action: R (River Action) v Environment Agency [2024] EWHC 1279 (Admin). This note reviews the case.

EWCO Grant Deadline for Next Planting Season: 30th June

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Potential applicants are reminded that England Woodland Creation Offer (EWCO) grant applications, aiming to plant in 2024-25, must be submitted by 30 June. This deadline does not apply to Woodland Creation Fast Track projects as these will be processed and an agreement issued within 12 weeks (60 working days) regardless of the time of year, as long as fast track eligibility criteria are met. More information is available here: England Woodland Creation Offer - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)....

Jeremy's Blog 14th June 2024: Flooding Can Bring a Dark Legacy

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 13th June 2024 We can often overlook how much our landscape has been affected by mining. It is not just coal or Cornish copper and tin. Mining has left a history from the Neolithic flint mines at Grimes Graves and copper mines at Great Orme to today’s great underground granite aggregate quarry at Glensanda in the Highlands and the massive Woodsmith polyhalite mine being hewn under the North Yorkshire Moors. Our varied...

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240612: HMRC Publish List of Businesses not complying with Money Laundering Regulations

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HMRC has published a list of businesses fined in 2023-24 for failures to comply with Money Laundering Regulations, many of which were property related businesses in breach for not registering with HMRC. Members are reminded of the need to comply with the Regulations - see CAAV Note 9th May 2023 for an outline of the requirements. The obligation to register with HMRC or other AML requirements can be triggered by just one property transaction; so members should familiarise themselves with the...

Scam Emails

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We are aware that some members have been receiving scam emails purporting to be from the CAAV offering either: A list of over 1,500 adding the AGM or A members list. They appear to be using publicly available addresses and, with a style echoing marketing agencies circulars, these are not from the CAAV. If you receive one of these scam emails, please delete it.

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Northern Ireland: Smoke, Heat and Carbon Monoxide Alarms Regulations 2024

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The Smoke, Heat and Carbon Monoxide Alarms for Private Tenancies Regulations (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2024 have been made. They come into operation for all new private tenancies from 1 September 2024 and for other private tenancies from 1st December 2024. Minimum numbers and placing of alarms are specified in the Regulations, which permit both hard-wired and battery sealed types, provided they are compliant with BS 5839-6 and BS 50292. Further guidance from the Department for Communities...

CAAV Office Internet Service Resumed

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UPDATE: Service now resumed The internet service and access to the server at the CAAV Office, Harts Barn, is temporarily down. We are hoping service will be resumed by the morning of 12th June. Whilst we wait for service to be resumed there will be no access to emails. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

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SFI 2023 CLOSURE DATE - 10 JUNE

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DEFRA has announced that SFI23 will close for new applications at midnight on Monday 10 June. Any application that has already been started must be submitted within 60 days of starting. Applications for the expanded SFI offer will open fully later in the summer. To apply early and access the new range of actions, those interested can complete an expression of interest survey. Applications are then to be invited to apply over the next few weeks....

Jeremy's Blog 7th June 2024: Statutory Powers and Business Agreements

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 6th June 2024 It may be an obvious point when it is put directly that statutory powers override contractual rights and obligations, even those under an agreement with the state, while actions under a contract can change the legal status of land. Equally, an Act of Parliament and legislation under it only creates the powers that it creates; the state cannot just assume it has powers. While it clearly does not feel as...

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Infrastructure (Wales) Act 2024

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The Welsh Government has announced that this Act received Royal Assent on 3rd June 2024. The Act is to introduce a consenting process for infrastructure projects in Wales that mirrors the regime for Development Consent Orders under the Planning Act 2008 provisions. The CAAV Note of 29th July 2023 provides an overview of what was then the draft legislation. Subordinate legislation will be required to support the Act and provide for processes and other matters. The Welsh Government is consulting...

SFI 2023 Applications: Open Until Further Notice

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Following earlier uncertainty (see this CAAV News Item), the RPA has now confirmed that the ability to generate and submit an application for the SFI 2023 offer will not be restricted on 6th June. Applications remain open until further notice.

SFI 2023 to Expanded SFI Transition (Updated)

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It has been reported by some that agents on the RPA Helpline are advising that applications for the SFI 2023 offer are to close on 6th of June. The CAAV is working to clarify the position. The RPA stated in a blog earlier in the year that: While we’re implementing improvements to SFI and rolling out the new offer, we’ll temporarily manage access to the service from Thursday 6 June. SFI 2023 applications opened before that managed access starts might have established a place in the system...

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