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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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210114 Wales: The Non-Domestic Rating (Unoccupied Property) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2021

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The Welsh Government has published the summary of responses to the consultation on empty property rates relief, draft Non-Domestic Rating (Unoccupied Property) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2020. Minister of Finance, Rebecca Evans MP, produced a written statement to state that from the responses to the consultation there were no issues raised concerning the technical aspects of the draft Non-Domestic Rating (Unoccupied Property) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2020. Views were expressed...

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210113 UK Parliament POSTnote: Woodland Creation

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The UK Parliament, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology has published a note on woodland creation. The POSTnote summarises: the key factors influencing how much carbon is taken up by woodland;the different objectives of woodland creation;the constraints to increasing UK tree cover; anddifferent finance options. The full report can be found on the UK Parliament POST website....

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210113 Northern Ireland: Project Stratum broadband improvement scheme

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The Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland is encouraging people to check whether they will benefit from broadband improvement through Project Stratum, a £165 million scheme to extend Next Generation Access across the province. More detail is available on the DoE website....

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210113 Wales: Consultation on reducing emissions from domestic burning of solid fuels

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The Welsh Government has today, 13th January 2021, launched a consultation on reducing emissions from domestic burning of solid fuels alongside a White Paper on a Clean Air (Wales) Bill. The proposals seek to regulate domestic burning as part of the Clean Air Plan for Wales: Health Air, Healthy Wales. The proposed actions will reduce air pollution and support improvements in public health and the natural environment. Consultation responses must be submitted by 7th April 2021....

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210112 Wales: Building Safety White Paper - Consultation

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The Welsh Government is consulting on the Building Safety White Paper. The proposals address building safety issues for all multi-occupied residential buildings, this includes a building converted into two or more flats. The press release outlines the proposals in the White Paper. Find the consultation on the Welsh Government website. Comments must be submitted by 12th April 2021....

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210112 England: Covid-19 - Natural England Operational Update

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Natural England has provided an operation update in light of government guidance. The updated guidance on advice to farmers and land managers is as follows: Natural will continue to provide technical advice to support farmers, land managers and rural businesses through a range of processes including remote sensing, digital solutions and virtual meetings, to support Countryside Stewardship agreements. Where Natural England advisers have worked with the farmer before they may be able to give...

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210111 Wales: Glastir Grants Scheme (Carbon) - guidance

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The Welsh Government has published Glastir Small Grants (carbon) guidance describing minimum standards required to receive funding for each type of work. In addition to the guidance, the Welsh Government has published maps showing likelihood of selection and payment rates for 2021 showing the amount of money the scheme will pay for each type of work....

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210111 Wales: Changes to Land Transaction Tax rates and bands

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A reminder that the temporary increase to the nil rate band of Land Transaction Tax for residential property transactions will end on 31st March 2021, reverting to the original rates and starting threshold of £180,000 on 1st April 2021. For more detail see the Welsh Government website.

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210111 England and Wales: Coronavirus - support for landlords and tenants

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The House of Commons library has published a report setting out the actions that have been taken to protect residential tenants and landlords during the coronavirus pandemic to date (January 2021). It may prove useful for those who need to refer back to the position at different times during the pandemic.

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210108 England: Covid-19 Eviction ban extended to 21st February

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The ban on evictions from residential property in England has been extended to 21st February 2021 by the Public Health (Coronavirus) (Protection from Eviction) (England) Regulations 2021 (SI 2021/15). Exceptions are made for cases where the possession order was made partly or wholly on the grounds of rent arrears of more than 6 months (previously the threshold was 9 months) where the possession order was made partly or wholly on the grounds of anti-social behaviour, nuisance, false...

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210108 Northern Ireland: Review of regulation of HMOs

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The Northern Ireland Department for Communities is conducting a review of the transfer of responsibility for the regulation of Houses of Multiple Occupation to councils and is inviting those involved in the management of HMOs to complete a short questionnaire on the licensing scheme. The closing date for responses is 5th February 2021 and the questionnaire can be found on the Department for Communities consultation website....

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210108 England: Farm Business Income 2019/20

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DEFRA has published Farm Business Income statistics for England for 2019/20. A summary of the findings can be found here and more detailed statistical data sets can be found here....

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210108 Northern Ireland: Covid restriction rules for January

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The rules for the latest Covid restrictions in Northern Ireland have been published on the NI Direct website. They confirm that house moves may continue and that estate agents may remain open. Livestock markets may also continue to operate, subject to the relevant rules (see the DAERA website). The information covers the rules which now apply for retail premises, workplaces, outdoor recreation and hospitality and accommodation. The Regulations which set out the detailed rules may be found on...

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George Eustice speaks on gene editing at the Oxford Farming Conference

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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....

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210107 Wales: More than 500 applications received for the £10 million Valleys Taskforce Empty Homes Grant Scheme

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The Welsh Government has announced that more than 500 applications have been received for the Valleys Taskforce Empty Homes Grant Scheme. The scheme is open to home owners across the extended Valleys Taskforce which runs from Carmartenshire in west Wales to Torfaen in east Wales. Phase Two of the scheme was launched in July 2020. The aim of the scheme is to incentivise applicants to use more energy efficient measures within their renovations in order to help reduce carbon emissions whilst...

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210107 England: Covid-19 - Updated information for farmers, landowners and rural businesses

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DEFRA has updated its guidance to farmers, landowners and rural businesses following the announcement of the national lockdown from 5th January 2021. Guidance is provided on: farm visits and inspectionshow to submit your applications, claims, evidence and other supporting documents by email or postthe use of RLE1 forms. A one year extension is offered to all customers with capital agreements that started after 1st April 2018 or 2019 for: Hedgerows and Boundaries grantWoodland creation,...

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