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CAAV Note 220704: England - Basic Payment - SI for Advance Payments

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The Direct Payments to Farmers (Advance Payments and Activation of Payment Entitlements) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2022 SI 706 have been made as the necessary Statutory Instrument to amend the legacy EU CAP legislation. This note summarises the provisions of the instrument.

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CAAV Note 220630: Wales - Small grants - Yard Coverings Scheme

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The Welsh Government has opened the Small Grant - Yard Coverings Scheme, this note summarises the details of the scheme. It is one of the Government's schemes to support farmers to improve on-farm nutrient management by investing in existing on-farm infrastructure over the next 3 years. It can be seen to support farmers in meeting the requirements under The Water Resources (Control of Agricultural Pollution) (Wales) Regulations 2021. The application window opened on 27th June 2022 and close on...

CAAV Presidential Team for 2022/2023

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The investiture of the CAAV Presidential Team for 2022/2023 took place at the AGM. The team comprises:Simon Alden (National President) Malcolm Gale (Senior Vice-President) Martin Hall (Junior Vice-President) Biographies of the Presidential Team can be found on our website.

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CAAV Note 220630: England SFI 2022 - Opened

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DEFRA has today (30th June) opened the initial stage of the first of its suite of environmental land management schemes, the Sustainable Farming Incentive 2022. This note provides an overview of the scheme, and signposts members to further guidance.

England: Peatland and Woodland Decision Support Framework

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The Progress Report of the Climate Change Committee, published on 28th June (see our website note), highlighted the work still needing to be done to increase woodland planting rates and restore peatland. One challenge is to identify suitable land for these activities. DEFRA, the Forestry Commission and Natural England have today published a Decision Support Framework for Peatland Protection, the Establishment of New Woodland and Re-Establishment of Existing Woodland on Peatland in England to...

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CAAV Note 220629: CCC Progress Report 2022

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The Climate Change Committee has published its annual assessment of UK progress in reducing emissions, reviewing progress made and setting out recommendations. This note looks at the section on agriculture and land use.

Investigation of Suspected Case of Foot and Mouth - UPDATED

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Update 30th June: Following further investigation, DEFRA has confirmed that Foot and Mouth and Swine Vesicular Disease have been ruled out, and the restriction zone has been lifted. DEFRA has announced that they are investigating an as yet unconfirmed case of Foot and Mouth in the Norfolk area. As a precautionary measure, an exclusion zone has been put in place. More detail - and updates - can be found on the government’s website. The CAAV will continue to update members....

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Jeremy’s Blog 25th June: Private Residential Tenancies

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 24th June 2022 Somewhere, perhaps seven years ago, the wheel turned and Government thinking on private landlords flipped from respecting valued providers of flexibility in the economy to seeing them more as a problem. Increases in transactions taxes and the removal of Income Tax reliefs particularly affected buy-to-let, until then seen as a valid self-reliant alternative to pressured pension provision but now a mis-direction...

Scottish Government Biodiversity Strategy Consultation

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The Scottish Government has opened a consultation on a proposed Biodiversity Strategy. The strategy, which aims to have 'substantially restored and regenerated' biodiversity in Scotland by 2045, targets several outcomes on rural land, including the restoration of peatland, planting more trees and improving water quality. The CAAV will be reviewing the the strategy in more detail....

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23rd June 2022: Supreme Court Gives Decisions in Code Appeals

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SUPREME COURT GIVES DECISIONS IN CODE APPEALS The Supreme Court heard appeals in three cases under the Electronic Communications Code in early February: Compton Beauchamp - Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Ltd (Appellant) v Compton Beauchamp Estates Ltd (Respondent) Ashloch - Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Ltd (Appellant) v Ashloch Ltd and AP Wireless II (UK) Ltd (Respondents) “Queens Oak”/ On Tower - On Tower UK Ltd (formerly known as Arqiva Services Ltd)...

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Jeremy's Blog 17th June 2022: Food Strategy - Farming Business

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 16th June 2022 The Government’s Food Strategy White Paper is better seen as it describes itself: “the beginning of this conversation”, largely focused on the production of food as a business. It may not cover all the social policy strands of last year’s Dimbleby Report and, while affirming the Government’s environmental targets, it was not the place for a full blown environmental presentation. Climate change and...

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CAAV Note 220616: England - Renters Reform Bill - White Paper

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The Government has today published the White Paper, A Fairer Private Rented Sector, on residential tenancy law in England ahead of the Renters Reform Bill included in May’s Queen’s Speech for this Parliamentary session. This note summarises key points ahead of more detailed analysis.

Northern Ireland: Forestry Grant Schemes

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Edwin Poots has announced the re-opening of two forestry grant schemes for Northern Ireland:The Small Woodland Grant Scheme: support for new native woodlands of 0.2 hectares and larger.The Forest Expansion Scheme: support for native woodland, mixed woodland or commercial conifer woodland 'that can best meet land owners business needs whilst contributing to a living, working, active landscape.' Applications to the Forest Expansion Scheme must be submitted to Forest Service by 31 August 2022. All...

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Jeremy's Blog 10th June 2022: Does Property Matter to Government

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 9th June 2022 The principle of equivalence has long lain at the heart of compulsory purchase compensation. Its inbuilt downward pressure encouraging resistance and so delay and extra cost for projects, George Osborne, then Chancellor of the Exchequer, put it to the Royal Economics Society only seven years ago that “We should change our outdated compulsory purchase regime. Both the LSE Growth Commission and Chambers of...

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220609: England - Updated guidance on Slurry Investment Grant

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DEFRA and the RPA have published updated guidance on the Slurry Investment Grant covering:who can apply;what the grants are forhow much money can be applied for; andhow to apply. Further information is to be published by DEFRA and RPA in Summer 2022 with applications to be made in Autumn 2022.

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220609: HS2 Phase 2b (Crewe to Manchester) Update

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HS2 have published an update on Phase 2b, attached below. Among the updates is the announcement that the Golborne Link has been removed from the Bill, although this part of the route still remains subject to safeguarding whilst a study is undertaken to consider a number of options for improving connectivity between England and Scotland.

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Jeremy's Blog 6th June 2022: Growth

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 1st June 2022 The argument that climate change will bring investment opportunities was sketched in this presentation, Why Investors Need Not Worry about Climate Risk, by Stuart Kirk, HSBC’s Global Head of Responsible Investment to an FT Summit – Turning Talk into Action to Hit ESG Targets – on 19th May. With that billed provocative title, he provoked and was then suspended from his job. Analysis shows banks, under...

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CAAV Note 220606: England - New Entrants - Pilot Incubators

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DEFRA will make a call for proposals from organisations to lead pilot incubator projects to test what might work to increase the chances of new and recent entrants gaining the land and finance for developing their businesses. This note contains more detail.

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220601: Wales - Implementation of Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 Delayed

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The Welsh Government has announced that the implementation of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 will be delayed. The revised date for the Act to come into force is now planned to be 1st December 2022. The CAAV note of 21st April 2022 provides an initial overview of the changes the Act will bring to residential lettings in Wales....

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Building Safety Act 2022

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The Building Safety Act 2022 received Royal Assent on 28th April 2022. All measures apply in England with some relevant to Wales or to be adopted by Wales. Changes to the Defective Premises Act and the New Homes Ombudsman are to be UK-wide measures. CAAV Note 26th July 2021 outlined the initial provisions of the Bill; an updated note will follow in due course....

Yorkshire Wolds Proposed AONB

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Following an announcement in 2021 that part of the Yorkshire Wolds is being considered for designation as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (see our website note of 25th June 2021), Natural England has now established a dedicated website for the proposal. The announcement comes after the Government's response to the Glover Report into protected landscapes (see our website note of 17th January 2022 for more background). As part of a process of consultation, members of the public will be...

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Notice of the 78th CAAV AGM

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Notice is attached of the 78th AGM of the CAAV, which will take place at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Liverpool City Centre on Friday 24th June 2022.

Jeremy's Blog 27th May 2022: Food Security and Business Improvement

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 26th May 2022 “Food security” may have differing meanings but one theme at its heart it is to ensure that we have an efficient, competitive farming sector, resilient in the face of the many challenges coming. Improving productivity, achieving profit, is not an alternative to environmental improvement; each complements the other. Improved soil health and farming efficiency in using nutrients answers both economics and...

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CAAV Note 220526: England - SFI 2022

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DEFRA published today (26th May) a series of guidance documents on various aspects of the Sustainable Farming Incentive 2022 (SFI 2022), as well as updating the relevant pages online. This note looks at the publication and provides links to the relevant pages online.

Green Gas Support Scheme Annual Tariff Review for 2022

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The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has called for evidence to support its annual tariff review of the Green Gas Support Scheme. For more details of the Scheme, see our website note of 23 December 2021. The call seeks evidence on biomethane anaerobic digestion (AD) plant and views on the biomethane market outlook from owners or developers of AD plant and others. Online submissions are due by 10 June 2022....

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220524 UK: Price on Application in property listings deemed unlawful

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National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team (NTSELAT) has published its opinion, developed with the Competition and Markets Authority, that the use of ‘POA’ or ‘price on application’ in property listings (principally sales listings) contravenes consumer protection legislation.

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SI 2022/163 The Private Landlord Registration (Modification) (Scotland) Order 2022

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Modifying the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004, these regulations remove the requirement for landlord registration where a house is under a occupancy arrangement (not a lease) by a person who has permission to enter or stay in the United Kingdom granted under the Homes for Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme. The regulations apply in Scotland with effect from 12th May 2022.

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