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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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220524 England and Wales: The Boiler Upgrade Scheme

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The Government has issued The Boiler Upgrade Scheme (England and Wales) Regulations 2022, the Statutory Instrument under which it will make grants to support installation of residential and small non-residential air- and ground-sourced heat pumps and in some circumstances biomass boilers. The Regulations became effective on 23 May 2022. An explanatory memorandum outlines the scheme. The scheme is to be administered by OFGEM through accredited installers and is now open for grant applications....

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RPA Downtime: 24th and 25th May

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We have been advised that the Rural Payments system is to be unavailable from 5pm on Tuesday 24th May to 9am on Wednesday 25th May. Users should not access Rural Payments during this time in which the RPA is making critical IT changes for SFI 2022. This is in addition to the regular system downtime which will be from 6pm to 9pm on Wednesday 25th May 2022.

Jeremy's Blog 20th May: Housing

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 19th May 2022 Alongside food and energy, housing is part of “the cost of living crisis”. It poses a particular potent threat to the Government which, now with limited time to the next election, looks to answers for England in the Levelling Up and Renters Reform Bills. It may be disappointed as, having abandoned its recasting of the planning system, these seem to focus on symptoms, not causes. Pressures of prices, rents...

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CAAV Accounts Business Review 2021

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This note summarises the work of the CAAV in 2021 and how it responded to the pandemic ensuring service to members at a time of major policy change.

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CAAV Note 220518: Wales - Small Grants - Environment Scheme (water)

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The Welsh Government has announced the Small Grants - Environment Scheme (water) providing grants for capital works for projects to help improve water quality and reduce the risk of flooding. The requirement to reduce water pollution from agricultural uses is consistent with the requirements of the Water Resources (Control of Agricultural Pollution) Regulations 2021. This note provides a summary of the new grant scheme.

Northern Ireland: Pig Support Package

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At the Balmoral Show, Edwin Poots announced that the application period for a support package for pig producers in Northern Ireland is to open this week (w/c 16th May). The scheme, worth up to £2 million, will make payments to those producers who incurred price penalties on overweight pigs that were outside contract specifications from September 2021 to February 2022 due to the backlog situation on farms. Eligible producers will be contacted by DAERA, and will be invited to apply via Online...

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CAAV Note 220516: APTF Rural Infrastructure

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The Agricultural Productivity Task Force (APTF) was established by DEFRA to support the Food and Drink Sector Council in working towards its task of improving farming productivity. The Rural Infrastructure Working Group of the APTF (including the CAAV and other organisations) tackled the essential preconditions for farming’s success: a better understanding of farm business structurestaxation changes to support necessary investment in farmingbetter rural broadband connectivity improved rural...

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Jeremy's Blog 13th May: Levelling Up Bill

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 12th May 2022 England’s Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill was published yesterday, the day after the Queen’s Speech. Already 338 pages, it covers subjects from English devolution to “Combined County Authorities” to the power to review RICS governance and pavement licences. With a mixture of complex provisions and enabling powers requiring later regulations to give them shape, most aspects will require careful...

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CAAV Note 220512: England - OEP Report

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The Office for Environmental Protection has published its first monitoring report on the progress made in relation to England's Environmental Improvement Plan - currently the 25 Year Environment Plan. This note reviews the monitoring report.

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Private Tenancies Act (Northern Ireland) 2022

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Having received Royal Assent on 27th April 2022, the Private Tenancies Act (Northern Ireland) 2022 amends the Private Tenancies (Northern Ireland) Order 2006, regulating private residential tenancies. The CAAV Note of 10th May 2022 provides a summary of the key provisions and changes....

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Jeremy's Blog 6th May: Private Environmental Markets

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 5th May 2022 “Government has set an ambitious new target to raise at least £500 million in private finance to support nature’s recovery every year by 2027 in England, rising to more than £1 billion by 2030.” (Nature Recovery Green Paper, March 2022) Those are large and round figures. Where might this money come from and why? How might any of this be defined and monitored? The three major current topics each have...

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CAAV Note 220506: Woodland Carbon Code Update

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The Woodland Carbon Code has been updated by Scottish Forestry, which manages the code on behalf of the Forestry Commission, the Welsh Government and the Northern Ireland Forest Service. Version 2.2 of the code was published on 6th May. This note contains more detail.

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CAAV Note 220506: England: Basic Payment - Two Instalments

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DEFRA has announced that it is to make a first half payment of this year’s Basic Payment in England in July to those who have made eligible applications by 16th May. The balance of the payment will then be paid from December in the usual payment window. This approach will then apply in England for the remaining life of the Basic Payment Scheme.

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Scotland: Energy Efficiency in Non-domestic Buildings

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The responses to the Scottish Government’s call for evidence on energy efficiency in existing non-domestic buildings have been published. The intention to regulate energy efficiency in non-domestic buildings was set out in the Heat in Buildings strategy published in October 2021 (see our website note) and the call for evidence was made in December 2021. It asked for information about national and international experience on regulatory frameworks and their costs, enforcement mechanisms,...

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Wales: Guidance on Private Connections Between Renewables Generators and Offtakers

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The Welsh Government has published a best practice guide on private connections between renewables generators and offtakers. The guide will be of interest to generators seeking to sell and offtakers seeking to buy electricity other than through the distribution network operator (DNO). Such arrangements may offer advantages to both parties including price certainty for the seller and improved social and environmental credentials for the buyer. The best practice guide offers advice on the...

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Wales: An Energy Strategy for South West Wales

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The Welsh Government has published an energy strategy for South West Wales. Much reflects the UK Government’s energy security strategy (see our website note). It sets out plans to upgrade the energy efficiency of domestic, commercial, and industrial property with an investment of around £1 billion. Replacing heating systems for off-gas grid houses is prioritised, as is heat pump installation, with implications for landlords. Further build out of renewable energy, including onshore wind and...

Northern Ireland EFS Higher Level: Applications Open for 6th Round

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Applications have opened for the 6th round of the Environmental Farming Scheme (EFS) Higher Level. EFS Higher Level provides annual payments to help bring designated environmental sites under favourable management. Funding is directed to areas such as Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Areas of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI), and other areas of priority habitat. Applicants can review eligibility on DAERA Online Services, under EFS. Fields for each farm business will be marked as...

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Jeremy's Blog 29th April 2022: Ukraine's War Further Market Effects

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 28th April 2022. In the third month of Russia’s gruelling invasion of Ukraine, its expected reverberations continue across the world, compounding already disrupted supply chains and gas markets. As a benchmark for world trade, the shipping company, Maersk, carrying a fifth of sea-borne containers, reports shipping volumes down 7 per cent over the last year but freight rates up 71 per cent. China’s severe Covid lockdowns...

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CAAV Note 220429: Air Quality - Property Estimates

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The Central Office for Public Interest (COPI) has updated its website using air quality data from Imperial College, London (ICL) to publish estimated data for three forms of air pollution for individual addresses. This note provides a revised summary of individual property's air quality estimates.

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CAAV Note 220428: England: RPA Helpline - May 2022 Weekends

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The RPA has now confirmed that its helpline is to be open from 8.30 am to 2 pm over both the weekends of 7th and 8th May and 14th and 15th May ahead of this year’s 16th May deadline for: Basic Payment applicationsentitlement transferssubmission of Countryside Stewardship and HLS revenue claims. Nonetheless, members are encouraged to contact the RPA’s CSC as early as possible....

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220428 UK: How to challenge the decision to list or not list a building

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The Government has published guidance on how to challenge the decision to list or not list a building. A review can be requested up to 28 days after the listing notification has been published. A review will only be carried out: if there is significant evidence that the original decision was wrongwhere there was a significant factual errorwhere there was irregularity in the listing processif there is significant evidence which was not previously considered about the special architectural or...

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220428 UK: Mandatory Housing Measures for Avian Influenza to be Lifted From 2 May 2022

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The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has announced that poultry housing measures imposed to contain Avian Influenza will be lifted across the UK from 00:01 on Monday 2 May. The Chief Veterinary Officers of all four UK nations have noted that the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone will remain in place across the UK. Similar guidance has been issued by the governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland....

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Sustainable Agriculture Capital Grant Scheme Opens for Applications

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The Sustainable Agriculture Capital Grant Scheme (SACGS) has now opened for applications. SACGS provides capital funding for businesses to reduce ammonia emissions and impacts on water quality resulting from the storage and spreading of livestock slurry and digestate. More background to the scheme can be found in our note of 19th April. The scheme is to close to applications at midnight on 1st June 2022. More detail can be found here: Sustainable Agriculture Capital Grant Scheme (SACGS)...

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Jeremy's Blog 22nd April: SFI Requires Judgment

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 21st April 2022 England’s SFI 2022 opens in a few weeks as the initial SFI offer, using some of the limited funds so far taken from Basic Payment and mainly focused on the soils issues that can benefit both productive farming and wider public goals. The application process and other aspects are to reflect lessons from the continuing SFI Pilot with its exploratory role and wider range of standards. Further standards and...

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CAAV Note 220421: Carbon Audits

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With growing interest in and pressure on emissions reductions in the agricultural and land management sectors, this note offers an overview of current carbon accounting practice. It is intended to provide some background to the need for and use of carbon auditing in the rural sector and to signpost members to other guidance and resources.

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Application Window Extended: Farm Business Improvement Scheme - Capital

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DAERA have announced that the application period for the Tier 2 tranche 2 of the Farm Business Improvement Scheme - Capital (FBIS-C) has been further extended to 4.00pm on 20 May 2022. More detail is available here: FBIS Capital Tier 2 application period extended to 20 May | Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (daera-ni.gov.uk)....

Student Research: Experience & Impact of Land-Based Disputes on Rural Landholding Owners

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We have been contacted by a student at Harper Adam's University, in relation to post-graduate research. The research's goal is to collate, analyse and share the findings from experiences of disputes, which traditionally are endured in isolation, to help the sector improve best practices. Participants should have experience from past land-based disputes or conflicts (ie they are no longer active disputes), of any scale of dispute, in any location, in one or more of these sectors: Rural land...

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CAAV Note 220421: England - Data, Mapping & Policy

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A recent publication from DEFRA provides an example of how data and digital technology may come to shape rural policy delivery and private markets in the future. This note looks at the background to the Living England project.

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CAAV Note 220419: Scotland - Sustainable Agriculture Capital Grant Scheme (SACGS) - Slurry Store and Spreading Grant

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The Scottish Government has made an announcement on the Sustainable Agriculture Capital Grant Scheme (SACGS). The scheme provides support to businesses to invest in equipment to reduce harmful ammonia emissions and reduce adverse impacts on water quality resulting from the storage and spreading of livestock slurry and digestate. This note sets out the details of the SACGS. The scheme opens for applications on 26 April 2022 and closes to applications midnight 01 June 2022....

Jeremy's Blog 14th April 2022: British Energy Security Strategy

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 14th April 2022 The UK Government’s new British Energy Security Strategy, responding to the rising energy costs of the last year and now the Ukraine War, is better seen as a snapshot of work belatedly in progress, at differing stages needing more development and with much implementation to be done offering little immediate easing. Our energy networks have anyway been expected to come under pressure this decade as old...

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Scottish Residential Tenancies Consultation extended

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Scottish Residential Tenancies Consultation The period for responding to the Scottish Government’s consultation on residential tenancies, A New Deal for Tenants, with its proposed changes to the law on private residential tenancies and its discussion of tied housing and housing in agricultural tenancies has been extended to close next Friday, 22nd April.

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#38 – Renting homes in Wales – big changes coming on 15th July

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The long-awaited Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 will be implemented on 15th July 2022. The Act will introduce new forms of contracts, replacing Assured Shorthold Tenancies, together with new notice provisions and enhanced safety requirements. In this episode, Rebecca Collins, Policy and Technical Adviser to the CAAV explains the key provisions of the Act and what managing agents need to be aware of.

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Lump Sum Exit Scheme: Guidance & Forms Published

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DEFRA has now published the full guidance to the Lump Sum Exit Scheme: How to apply for a lump sum payment to leave or retire from farming - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). The application form is available here: Lump Sum Exit Scheme: application form (publishing.service.gov.uk)The evidence form for land transfer and entitlement surrender is available here: Lump Sum Exit Scheme: Entitlements and Evidence form (publishing.service.gov.uk). Applications can be made until midnight on 30th September 2022. For...

Landscape Recovery: Q&A

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In February, DEFRA opened the first round of the Landscape Recovery Pilot (see our website note of 1st February for more detail). To support potential applicants, DEFRA hosted a webinar, which is available to view online: Landscape Recovery Application Launch Webinar (Tuesday 1 March) - YouTube. DEFRA have now published the Q&A from the webinar online. Those interested in the scheme may find the answer to any questions on that page....

Jeremy's Blog 8th April 2022: Repricing the Economy

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 7th April 2022 We are re-pricing the economy. This is not simply the larger impersonal movements of global commodity markets but the actions of suppliers and buyers, as each adjusts to changed circumstances. How far does each hold their ground or press their cause? What business adjustments does each make? What new things become practical? What old things have to change? This is perhaps still more an adjustment to a “new...

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Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022

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The Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022 received Royal Assent on 15th March 2022, with the note of 28th February 2022 outlining the key purpose of the Act. Agents who receive an 'information notice', which requires the provision of details of beneficial owners of property or other assets, must respond within one month. Failure to respond to a notice or responding with information that is known or suspected to be false is a criminal offence punishable by up to two years'...

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220404 Northern Ireland: Updated EPC Guidance for New Buildings

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Northern Ireland's Finance Minister has announced an update to Buildings Regulations guidance, taking effect from 30th June 2022 and requiring new buildings to have lower emissions. Developers retain flexibility on how to meet the requirements, with expectations for the use of low carbon technologies and increased air tightness for new buildings.

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Jeremy's Blog 1st April 2022: Commodity Markets

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 31st March 2022 “I used to think that if there was reincarnation, I wanted to come back as the president or the pope or as a .400 baseball hitter. But now I would like to come back as the bond market. You can intimidate everybody.” (James Carville, Political Adviser to US President Bill Clinton) From the Chancellor to the supermarket and from the farm to the household, present circumstances and the last few months show...

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CAAV Note 220330: Red Diesel in Livestock Markets

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The Treasury has clarified the uses of red diesel in connection with agriculture that will remain to be tax relieved after 1st April 2022. This note summarises the uses that will continue to be relieved.

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220330 Scotland: Guidance Issued on Short-term Lets Licensing Scheme

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The Scottish Government has published two guidance documents regarding the licensing scheme for short-term lets - one for hosts and operators and the other for letting agencies and licensing authorities. The CAAV Note of 25th November 2021 provides a summary of the regulations and licensing scheme....

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Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Act 2022

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The Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Act 2022 received Royal Assent on 24th March 2022 and taking effect in England and Wales. The note of 30th November 2021 summarised the provisions of the then draft Bill....

Rural Enterprise and Land Management BSc Dissertation Research: Questionnaire

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The CAAV has been contacted by Lucy Cooke, a fourth year Rural Enterprise and Land Management BSc (Hons) student studying at Harper Adams University. Her dissertation is to explore the perceptions of Women within Land Agency. The research includes the collection of primary data in the form of this questionnaire. The link is available here: https://harper-adams.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/is-rural-land-agency-a-sustainable-career-for-women The questionnaire should not take longer than 15 minutes to...

Green Heat Network Fund Open

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The Government has published guidance for the Green Heat Network Fund, which is now open to applications until 2025. Funding is available for feasibility and construction work for low and zero carbon heat (and cooling) networks. Alongside other application criteria, in rural locations, the threshold is for a minimum of 100 dwellings to be connected.

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Jeremy's Blog 25th March: Food Security Issues

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 24th March 2022 Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has instantly removed a large supply of grain and oilseeds from markets immediately affecting prices in the already tight tail of the 2021 harvest. Forward markets seem to recognise that little may come from the Black Sea for the 2022 harvest. That naturally prompts discussion of food security though this means very different things in different contexts. From Joseph advising...

#37 – Ukraine and World Markets

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Jeremy Moody outlines the market consequences of Russia’s war on Ukraine and highlights its impact on the professional work of Valuers.

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CAAV Note 220321 England RPA - Agents and E-Mail Addresses

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Having raised with the RPA the problems that a number of members have had as agents in verifying their e-mail addresses on the Rural Payments system, the CAAV has now been provided with the note below to assist members who have yet to confirm their own details.

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#36 - People skills, negotiation and difficult conversations

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As Valuers, one of our most important skills is our ability to negotiate. In this episode, Lynne Thomas (also known professionally as Lynne Robson) from True Potential Training shares her insights on how to become effective negotiators and influencers and offers some tips on how to handle difficult conversations. For information, Lynne’s LinkedIn Profile can be found here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ly... and her email is Lynne.13@btinternet.com...

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CAAV Note 220319: Homes for Ukraine Tenants

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With several members raising queries about issues where accommodation may be offered to Ukrainian refugees, including by tenants, this note summarises what is known so far.

Jeremy's Blog 18th March 2022: Professional Work in Today's Market

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 17th March 2022. The immediate and multiple human and economic consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are reverberating around the world, further testing already disrupted supply chains and following the impact of the pandemic (still closing cities in China). With sharp movements in the prices and availability of gas, oil, metal and produce and consequent issues for fertiliser, there is much to consider in...

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220317 Wales: Consultation on splitting of non-domestic property in Wales for valuation purposes

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The Welsh Government is consulting on the rating of non-domestic properties occupied by the same people and next to each other. Previously they received one rates bill. A Supreme Court ruling in 2015 changed this practice for a small number of ratepayers. The proposal is to reinstate the practice before the ruling. The consultation closes on 1st June 2022. See the Welsh Government website for the full details....

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SI 2022/217 The Non-Domestic Rating (Definition of Domestic Property) (England) Order 2022

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SI 2022/217 The Non-Domestic Rating (Definition of Domestic Property) (England) Order 2022 amends the definition of domestic property for the purposes of non-domestic rating under Part 3 of the 1988 Act with effect from 1st April 2023. It provides that a property is not domestic property if the owner intends to let it commercially as self-catering accommodation for short periods totalling 140 days or more. With the conditions that the property:must have been available to let in the same way for...

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England: Woodland Carbon Guarantee - Auction Round 5

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The 5th round auctions of the Woodland Carbon Guarantee Scheme will take place from midday on Monday 9th May to midday on Sunday 15th May 2022. The application deadline to take part in the auction is 11:59pm on Sunday 24 April. More detail can be found on the Government website. Our website note of 22nd November 2021 provide some background to the scheme....

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BPS Applications 2022

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The Basic Payment Scheme application window opened today (Tuesday 15th March) for 2022. Applicants have until 16th May to submit a claim. Guidance for 2022 is available here.

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CAAV Note 220314: England: FETF - Suggestions of Items

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DEFRA is now reviewing the list of items available for grant funding ahead of the second round of the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund and is asking which of the items relating to productivity and slurry management should be considered for: adding to the list, contributing to at least once of the aims aboveremoval from the listwhich specifications need to be updated. Animal Health Items – Suggestions relevant to animal health are also invited, to be made by 22nd March. This note...

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Northern Ireland: Pig Support Package

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DEARA has announced that a support scheme will be opened in April for those pig producers who incurred price penalties on pigs that were outside contract specifications from September 2021 to February 2022. The funding is being provided in recognition of recent market challenges in the pig sector. In total £2 million will be made available. Eligible pig producers will be invited to apply through DAERA Online Services....

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Jeremy's Blog 11th March 2022: Early Market Effects of Ukraine War

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This article by Jeremy Moody first appeared in the CAAV e-Briefing of 10th March 2022. The immediate effect in produce markets of Russia’s barbaric aggression in Ukraine is the removal of large stocks of grain and oilseeds, Ukrainian and Russian, from already tight markets with 160 carriers stuck in the Black Sea. Rising prices are then increased as buyers pay dearly to replace the supplies they thought they had, some with exposed market positions – a phenomenon also seen in oil and metals...

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Ukrainian Farmers Appeal

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The Association of Farmers and Private Landowners of Ukraine has issued an international call to support Ukraine. We have published the document below.