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CAAV Note 210920: Second Homes Holiday Lets Controls

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Following recent commentary on the increasing demand for second homes, and their impact on rural communities, this note offers an overview and reviews some of the policy mechanisms put in place to address the identified issues.

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Jeremy's Blog 17th September 2021: Social Care, Planning and Tax

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 9th September 2021. The fascinating politics of the last few days reveal serious conundrums as the government navigates between its existing voters wanting protection and the needs of its potential voters.While little may have been done to reform or even fund social care, the threat of crippling care costs to existing homeowners and their heirs appears reduced. It is now reported that their concerns see teeth drawn from the...

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CAAV Note 210915: Environment Bill - Government Statements on Biodiversity Gain

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The Environment Bill had its third day of the Report stage in Lords on Monday 13th September with consideration of and Government replies on a range of subjects including whether the Bill will be delayed until after COP26, the approach to water abstraction licences, issues around biodiversity gain and Local Nature Recovery Strategies. See this note for detail.

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210914 Northern Ireland: COVID-19 Protection from eviction extended

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The Northern Ireland Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has announced an extension the COVID-19 eviction protection for residents. The legislation was due to expire on 30th September 2021 but has been extended until 4th May 2022 by The Private Tenancies (Coronavirus Modifications) (No.2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021. Landlords are to give tenants a 12 week notice to quit period before seeking a court order to begin proceedings to evict. More information can be found in our web note 19...

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CAAV Note 210913: Biodiversity Gain - Water

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This note continues our series exploring Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) and the practical application of the Biodiversity Metric 3.0. It reviews the position of watercourses within the Metric, and how they may deliver biodiversity units within a BNG offsetting scheme.

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210913 England: Updated 'Right to Rent Checks' guide issued and COVID-19 changes to remain until April 2022

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The Government has published an updated 'Right to Rent Checks: a user guide for landlords and tenants' to detail how those with outstanding applications for the EU Settlement Scheme evidence their right to rent. In addition, an updated COVID-19 guide for landlords has been updated to reflect that temporary changes to right to rent checks will remain in place until 5 April 2022....

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Jeremy's Blog 10th September 2021: Carbon and Other Deals

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 9th September 2021. The fledgling world of transactions for environmental commitments is very young and potentially very innocent. It may match the early days for solar panels after Feed-in Tariffs were introduced in spring 2010 when initial activity moved faster than understanding or clearer perspective on value, opportunity and risk. We see a shifting balance from agreements for running payments for actions (common in...

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CAAV Note 210909: Scotland - Ideas into Action Fund

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This note draws members' attention to the recently announced Scottish Government Rural Communities “Ideas into Action” Fund, which is set to provide £1.5 million for community groups in rural areas to trial ‘new and innovative ways to address local challenges and benefit from local opportunities.’

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CAAV Note 210908: Environment Bill - Government Statements on Soils

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The Environment Bill is now entering its final Parliamentary stages. The first day of the Report stage was held in the House of Lords yesterday, including discussion of soils. An opposition amendment requiring that a soil health target be set was passed. During the debate, Lord Goldsmith spoke on behalf of the Government. Some of his comments are extracted within this note. It remains to be seen whether the Government might overturn the amendment when the Bill returns to the House of...

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CAAV Model Farm Business Tenancy (Wales) V.1(4)

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The CAAV model Farm Business Tenancy for Wales (for an initial term of more than 2 years) has been updated with some housekeeping changes. The template is available here as Word document (CAAV Model FBT Wales 0921 V1 4) with the previous edition as a pdf document showing the tracked changes. The model agreement is offered to members to adapt and modify to record the actual business agreement between owner and farmer and to suit the individual circumstances. Such adaptation is a matter for the...

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Jeremy Moody's Blog 3rd September 2021: Supply Chains

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 26th August 2021 From the start of the pandemic, the Government’s concern has been to maintain contracts and activity in the economy. It has done so with measures such as the furlough scheme protecting employment contracts and grants and loans to tide businesses through. The resilience of the food supply chain passed its test last spring. As lockdown has eased, so the economy regained ground and unemployment stayed low....

CAAV EXAMINATIONS 2021

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We are now processing the applications for this year’s examination on 10th and 11th November and will be confirming acceptance to the good number of candidates who have come forward. For those who are also taking the RICS APC this autumn we are aware that an IT problem in RICS’ ARC system is leading it to slip its timetables including those for APC interviews. We are in touch with the RICS with a view to ensuring that there are no clashes for candidates. We will brief further as soon as the...

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CAAV Note 210831: England - Tree Health Pilot Scheme Opened

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DEFRA’s Tree Health Pilot scheme has opened today for Expressions of Interest and will be open all year. This three-year Pilot, handled by the Forestry Commission, is to run alongside the existing Countryside Stewardship Woodland Tree Health grants which will continue to be available until 2024. The Pilot’s role is to test and refine new elements intended to be part of the full Tree Health Scheme which is to start in 2024, covering all England. See our note for more detail....

Jeremy's Blog 27th August 2021: New Policies to Challenge Many

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 26th August 2021 All parts of the UK are now shaping future agricultural policy. This week’s consultation paper from Scotland and policy framework from Northern Ireland follow England’s implementation of change and the Welsh Government’s confirmation of next year’s Agriculture Bill.Policies for climate change and biodiversity have increasing priority alongside wider environmental concerns and business performance. The...

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210827 England: Nature for Climate Peatland Grant Scheme Awards

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DEFRA has announced the awards from the first round of the Nature for Climate Peatland Grant Scheme. Projects in areas including the South West, Lancashire and Cumbria and Greater Manchester have received over £16 million for peatland restoration. This is a first step to meeting the Government's target of restoring 35,000 ha of peatland by 2025. Currently, Discovery Grants available for organisations to scope sites and develop plans for peatland restoration, and the second round of...

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210827 Northern Ireland Forest Expansion Scheme

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DAERA has issued a reminder that the Forest Expansion Scheme closes on 31 August 2021. This scheme provides grant support for new woodland panting of 3 hectares or larger. Full details of the scheme, as well as other woodland grants, can be found on the DAERA website.

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CAAV Note 210827: Scotland - Agricultural Policy Update and Consultation

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This note reviews the recently published agreement between the Scottish Government and the Scottish Green Party, a Shared Policy Programme for Government; the appointment now of the Agricultural Reform Implementation Oversight Board (ARIOB); and the opening of an initial consultation on future policy - Agricultural Transition in Scotland – The First Steps Towards our National Policy.

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CAAV Note 210825 Northern Ireland Future Farming Programme

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This note reviews the recently published Future Agricultural Policy Framework Portfolio for Northern Ireland. This document lays out the planned framework for future support payments in Northern Ireland. A consultation on detailed proposals is forthcoming.

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Free IT Advice for Farmers in Herefordshire & Gloucestershire

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Farmers in Herefordshire and Gloucestershire can attend free workshops and one-to-one advice sessions, covering a range of IT topics, such as new software, hardware, use of social media, online marketing and websites. Offered as part of Fastershire's Business Support Programme, 'Faster Farmers' is one of the initiatives linked with the rollout of cable broadband in the area.

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210825 England: Beaver Reintroduction & Management - Consultation

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DEFRA have opened a consultation into proposals for the future release and management of beavers in England. The consultation aims to establish a framework to allow beavers to be reintroduced into the wild, provided project proposals meet certain criteria. The consultation is open to members of the public and runs until 17 November 2021. It can be found here....

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210825 Wales: £2million Farm Business Grant Window to open in September 2021

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The Welsh Government has announced that the £2million Farm Business Grant Window will open to applications in September 2021. The grant will be available for farmers to invest in new technology and equipment to improve their technical, financial and environmental performance. See the Welsh Government website for more detail.

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Jeremy's Blog 20th August 2021: Business Perspective for Farming Choices

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 19th August 2021 The old saying is that a farmer only controls what is under his boot. Weather, governments, markets and all are external, to be taken as they come. Looking to what can be controlled is particularly important at such a time of change. The problem is less uncertainty than perspective, seeing where value, reward and risk really lie. Too great a focus on the changing landscape of schemes draws the eye and mind...

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210818 Wales: The Woodland Investment Grant (TWIG)

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The Welsh Government has launched The Woodland Investment Grant (TWIG), a new scheme part of the National Forest for Wales Programme. The grant will provide financial support for people to: create new woodlandsmake improvements to existing woodlands which meet the standards of the National Forest. The window for application opened on 14th July and runs until 27th August 2021. The Welsh Government has published questions and answers from The Woodland Investment Grant (TWIG) Live Event held on...

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Jeremy's Blog 13th August 2021: Tenancy Agreements

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 12th August 2021 The CAAV has now published new editions of the model FBTs for England: one for largely bare land agreements for two years or less, the other for longer agreements and more fully equipped land – weblinks given below. New editions for Wales were issued earlier in the year. Revisions last year responded to Brexit; these pick up on the new policies under the Agriculture Act and the Environment Bill. They are...

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210813 Wales: Consultation on the Agricultural Pollution Regulations

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A consultation has been launched on the Welsh Agricultural Pollution Regulations. The Economy, Trade and Rural Affairs Committee is gathering views on The Welsh Government’s agricultural pollution regulations. Find the full details of the consultation here. The deadline for the consultation is 10th September 2021.

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TT1 Tenant’s notice to landlord under s.19A

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The Agriculture Act 2020 inserted a new s.19A into the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 enabling a tenant to: - challenge a landlord’s refusal of consent or conditions for consent - seek to vary the terms of tenancy agreement where this is either to: - have access to a financial assistance scheme under the Agriculture Act (such as one of the environmental land management schemes) or - to meet a legal obligation The legislation encourages prior discussion between tenant and landlord but if...

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CAAV Model FBT for 2 years or less (England) (V3)

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The CAAV model Farm Business Tenancy for England (for 2 years or less) has been updated with effect from 10th August 2021. The new version is attached as a Word document, as well as the previous edition as a pdf document showing tracked changes. The model agreement is offered to members to adapt and modify to record the actual business agreement between owner and farmer and to suit the individual circumstances. Such adaptation is a matter for professional judgment of the member for which the...

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