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CAAV Note 220121: CCRA3 - Government Report

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On 17th January the Government published a report, Climate Change Risk Assessment 2022, summarising the findings of the Climate Change Committee's Independent Risk Assessment (CCRA3 - see our website note of 30th June 2021). The latest publication sets out some detail on current actions and plans to respond to the eight identified priority areas for action over the next two years. It also outlies the positions of the devolved administrations. This note looks at some of the detail of the...

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CAAV Note 220121: GE Regulations

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On 20th January, the Government announced that it will introduce legislation relaxing the rules for the genetic engineering (GE) of plants. The announcement comes following a related consultation and response published last year – for more information see our note of 29th September 2021 – as well as a report on the issue by Government’s independent regulation advisory group, the Regulatory Horizons Council – see our note of 8th September 2021. This note provides more detail on the...

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#33 - Approaches to Valuing an Agricultural Tenancy

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While there is no marketplace for agricultural tenancies, they can still have a significant value to be assessed for compulsory purchase, taxation, and other instances. In this episode, Jeremy Moody reviews the principles of valuing an agricultural tenancy and outlines the two main approaches to valuation – the Profit Rent method and the Special Purchaser basis. He also refers to the statutory framework in Scotland for Relinquishment and Assignation.

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CAAV Note 221019: England - Farming Transformation Fund

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DEFRA has now opened the second phase of its Farming Transformation Fund, with the theme, Improving Farm Productivity, with additional information in the Manual published by DEFRA in December. This note sets out the detail of the scheme.

The Farmers Weekly Podcast: Jeremy Clarkson’s planning problem

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Jeremy Moody was invited to take part in Episode 89 of the Farmers Weekly Podcast, where he discussed the ins and outs of the planning system after celebrity farmer Jeremy Clarkson had his planning permission refused for a new farm cafe. His piece is from 33 minutes onwards.

Farming in a Protected Landscape: Rolling Applications

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DEFRA has announced that, following feedback during the early rounds, the Farming in a Protected Landscape Programme will now have rolling application window. This will allow applications to be submitted up until the programme closes in 2024. For more on the aims of the programme, and the funding available, see our website note of 25th June 2021....

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CAAV Note 220117: Scotland - AECS 2022

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The application window for the next round of the Scottish Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS) is due to open on 24th of January. This note looks at what has been announced for the 2022 scheme year so far.

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CAAV Note 220117: Oak Processionary Moth Controls

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On 14th January, new measures and support were announced to help address the spread of the Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) from the Greater London area. This note reviews the background to the issue, and the measures and support being put into place.

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CAAV Note 220117: BNG Measurement - Consolidated Guidance

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This paper consolidates the series of webnotes that we published at the end of last year on the measurement of biodiversity for the purposes of Biodiversity Net Gain using the statutory calculator prepared by Natural England: the Biodiversity Metric 3.0.

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CAAV Note 220117: England - Protected Landscapes - Govt Response to Glover Report

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The Government has now published its Response to the 2019 Glover Report reviewing policies and issues for National Parks (with the Norfolk Broads) and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (now “protected landscapes”) in England. This note provides an overview of the response. In conjunction with the response and Government proposals, a consultation has been opened inviting views on the implementation of the review....

Jeremy's Blog 14th January 2022: Mast Rents and Premiums

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 13th January 2022. A court has awarded a rent of £3,500 for a rural mast on the renewal of a Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 lease. This recognised the widespread use by operators of “Early Completion Incentive Payments” (ECIPs) as tantamount to premiums – the court required their disclosure. As a renewal of a lease protected by the 1954 Act to be a Code agreement, the case (Pippingford (EE Limited v Morriss [2022] EW...

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CAAV Fees Survey 2021 - Report

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The CAAV Fees Survey Report 2021 is now available. This can help inform members and others about developing fee rates and is referred to as an objective overview by members and compulsory purchase acquirers when looking at fee structures and hourly rates.

Future Farming Resilience Fund Extension

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DEFRA has announced an extension to the second round of the Future Farming Resilience Fund, which supports independent advisors in providing free business advice to farmers to help them prepare and adapt during the agricultural transition. The second round of the fund, which opened last year, was due to end in March 2022. However, it is to be extended until September 2022, when the next round of funding will become available. To access advice, farmers should contact the list of independent...

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Jeremy's Blog 7th January 2022: Land Use Competition

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 6th January 2022 The growing competition for land use is a key theme at this week’s Oxford Farming Conference, starting with the CAAV’s presentation on Farming and Land Use: Having Control. Forestry, looking to the low carbon supply chain as a lucrative market more than offsetting, is buoyant and competing for a wider range of lower value farmland, notably in Scotland and Wales. Renewable energy sees larger areas as solar...

CAAV delivers the first of the on-line fringe events at the Oxford Farming Conference 2022

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On Wednesday, 5th January 2022, the CAAV delivered the first of the on-line fringe events on the opening day of the Oxford Farming Conference. The CAAV’s 45 minute session had Jeremy Moody discussing: Farming and Land Use: Having Control We face changing economics, policies, markets, technologies and climate and new demands on land use from nature and carbon. Now outside the CAP, these might prompt much change in who is farming what land in which ways. Those decisions are personal –...

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CAAV Note 220106: England - LNR and LR DEFRA Outline

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DEFRA has outlined two flagship environmental land management schemes for England that are to be fully in place from late 2024 as part of the unfolding evolution of the new farming policies: Local Nature Recovery (LNR)Landscape Recovery (LR) This note provides a more detailed look at the proposals.

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CAAV Note 220106: England - LNR and LR DEFRA Outline

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DEFRA is today giving the outline of two flagship environmental land management schemes for England that are to be fully in place from late 2024: Local Nature Recovery (LNR)Landscape Recovery (LR). This note offers a brief overview.

CAAV at Oxford Farming Conference 2022

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CAAV AT ON-LINE OXFORD FARMING CONFERENCE 2022 With the Oxford Farming Conference now going remote in response to the pandemic, the CAAV is to deliver the first of the on-line fringe events on the opening Wednesday 5th January. The CAAV’s 45 minute session at 8 a.m. has Jeremy Moody discussing: Farming and Land Use: Having Control We face changing economics, policies, markets, technologies and climate and new demands on land use from nature and carbon. Now outside the CAP, these might...

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Jeremy's Blog 24th December 2021: 2021 Review and Predictions for 2022

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 22nd December 2021 2021 has been a step in major processes of change with both post-Brexit policies and the pandemic. All parts of the UK have re-written inherited EU law. DEFRA’s replacement of Basic Payment with environmental management and productivity measures is now firmly underway. The Environment Act now frames the Agriculture Act, making environmental improvement a key government policy, alongside climate change...

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211224 Northern Ireland: New 2022 Cross-Compliance Guide

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DAERA has published Northern Ireland Cross-Compliance Verifiable Standards. The guidance takes effect from 1st January 2022 and is applicable to all agricultural land in a holding, all schemes inherited from the EU, so agri-environment schemes as well as Basic Payment, and also the Protein Crops Scheme.

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211223 Great Britain: Green Gas Support Scheme Open to Applications

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The Green Gas Support Scheme is open to applications for 4 years until 30th November 2025. The Scheme is a renewable heat incentive scheme to facilitate and encourage the production of biomethane by anaerobic digestion, for injection into the gas grid. Further information about the scheme and how to apply can be found on the Government's website.

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211223 England: DLUHC Guidance on Compulsory Purchase and Compensation

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The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities have issued updated Compulsory purchase and compensation guidance, with a series of 4 booklets:Guide 1 - ProcedureGuide 2 - Compensation to business owners and occupiersGuide 3 - Compensation to agricultural owners and occupiersGuide 4 - Compensation to residential owners and occupiers The guidance includes reference to the need for claimants to seek professional advice, with a link to the CAAV....

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211224 Scotland: Consultation - 'A New Deal for Tenants'

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The Scottish Government has issued a strategic and wide ranging consultation paper to inform several areas of housing policy, with key outputs said to include:a new deal for private rented sector tenants that puts them on amore equal footing with social rented tenants, through the introduction of a new Housing Bill in the second year of this Parliament;establishing a regulator for the private rented sector that will enforce defined standards - through legislation by the end of this...

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CAAV Note 211222: Scotland Land Sales Report

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Scotland’s Rural College, in partnership with Savills, Strutt and Parker and the RICS, has been commissioned by The Scottish Land Commission to prepare a report into rural land sales in Scotland. This note has more detail.

CAAV Christmas Closure

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The CAAV office will close for Christmas at 1 p.m. on Wednesday 22nd December 2021 and re-open on Tuesday 4th January 2022. May we take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.

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CAAV Note 211220: UK Australia Trade Deal - DIT Assessment

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The UK–Australia trade deal is now agreed in detail as the first fresh free trade agreement not replacing a previous EU trade agreement. Now published, it is due for review by the Trade and Agricultural Commission and Parliamentary scrutiny with the Commons EFRA Committee already started. The Department for International Trade has published its Impact Assessment of the deal, which this note reviews in more detail....

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CAAV Note 211221: England - UoP England 2022-23

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The Agricultural Holdings (Units of Production) (England) (No 2) Order 2021 (SI 1440) has now been put in place to give these figures for assessments for the Commercial Unit test for tenancy succession at dates in the period 23rd February 2022 to 22nd February 2023. This note gives more detail.

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CAAV Note 211206: Implementing Due Diligence on Forest Risk Commodities - Consultation

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Provisions in the Environment Act will make it illegal for businesses operating in the UK to use commodities that are produced in breach of local laws on land ownership and use that prohibit the conversion of forest into agricultural use. Secondary legislation is required to implement the due diligence requirements of the Act, and the Government will also be publishing related guidance. Accordingly, DEFRA is consulting on the nature and aims of the secondary legislation. This note provides...

Jeremy's Blog 17th December 2021: Housing Market

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 16th December 2021 The housing market is a market for people. A house sale or purchase is the largest transaction many make while a house may be home, with a sense of place as well as a potential financial assurance. A home-owning democracy was a mainstay of 20th century politics but tight supply and loose money have made housing unaffordable for many. The functioning of this market is a key political issue – often also a...

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