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BPS Update

Posted: March 26, 2018 by Karen Kipling
There have been updates to the BPS 2018 scheme rules in the last week.  Log onto the gov.uk website regularly to ensure you are aware of any changes. 2017 Bridging payments Bridging payments for those who have not yet received their 2017 BPS are due to begin hitting bank accounts on and after 6th April, with ... Continue Reading

Improved Permitted Development Rights

Posted: March 23, 2018 by Karen Kipling
The Housing Minister, Dominic Raab, has announced a relaxation of permitted development rights which will allow existing agricultural buildings to be converted to up to five new homes rather than the three currently permitted. The new rules will allow for up to three large homes extending to 465m², up to five smaller homes of 100m² ... Continue Reading

New ‘Simplified’ Countryside Stewardship Offers for 2018

Posted: February 27, 2018 by Karen Kipling
Natural England have announced that they will be piloting four new ‘simplified’ offers for Countryside Stewardship 2018. The offers will provide a new way for farmers to enter land in to the Countryside Stewardship Scheme and are targeted according to farm type: Lowland grazing, Upland, Mixed Farming and Arable. Natural England say that they have ... Continue Reading

Damp in Older Buildings – A Common-sense Approach!

Posted: February 22, 2018 by Karen Kipling
Having recently been asked to inspect several traditional stone-built farmhouses that were suffering from damp, Phil Kennerley, Senior Project Manager with GSC Grays looks at how updates to older buildings can sometimes create additional problems. These ‘solid’ wall 19th century buildings had been updated over the years but were experiencing a number of issues with ... Continue Reading

BPS 2018: No ‘Active Farmer’ Rule in England No Longer Applies

Posted: February 21, 2018 by Karen Kipling
DEFRA and the RPA have confirmed to the CAAV that the ‘active farmer’ rule no longer applies in England from BPS 2018 onwards. This is as a result of the the agricultural section of the EU Omnibus Regulation agreed late last year which gave Member States the option of dropping the ‘active farmer’ rule from BPS ... Continue Reading

Stockproof Fencing – Is the land owner or tenant responsible?

Posted: by Karen Kipling
What Does the Stock Proof Fencing and Liability Case of Williams v Hawkes (2017) EWCA Civ1846 tell us? All too frequently land owners and tenants are confronted with the problem of who is responsible for maintaining a stockproof fence between their property and that of their neighbours.  Title documents sometimes provide clarity as to who ... Continue Reading

Launch of Countryside Productivity Small Grant

Posted: February 8, 2018 by Karen Kipling
Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, George Eustice yesterday announced the launch of the Countryside Productivity Small Grant (CPSG). The RDPE Countryside Productivity Small Grant scheme provides funding for farmers to purchase equipment to improve the productivity of their farm. The scheme is different to other parts of the Countryside Productivity scheme as ... Continue Reading

Landlords Need to be Aware of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEEs)

Posted: February 6, 2018 by Karen Kipling
Landlords need to be aware the Government are introducing Minimum Energy Efficiency standards (MEEs) in a phased roll out starting from April 2018, these will be monitored by the (Energy Performance Certificates) EPC rating of the property. Energy Efficiency is the goal to reduce the amount of energy required to provide products and services.  For ... Continue Reading

Warnings Issued to Rural Landowners

Posted: February 2, 2018 by Karen Kipling
Warnings are being issued as Rural Landowners are being approached by ‘experts’ claiming that they have a suitable site for renewable energy projects. On the face of it, sites may appear to have good ground conditions, seem to be in a suitable location and planning policy not be a problem, however, the connection to the ... Continue Reading