The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has confirmed the exchange rate for Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2018 payments made in sterling.
Following the announcement of changes to the General Permitted Development Order of the Town and Country Planning Act 2015 in April 2018, Assetsphere have been successful in acquiring consent for 5 dwellings on a site in North Dorset.
The Reduction and Prevention of Agricultural Diffuse Pollution (England) Regulations 2018 came into effect on 2nd April 2018. The Regulations impose new rules to those in control of agricultural land to prevent manure, fertiliser and soil from agricultural activity getting into inland freshwaters, coastal waters, springs, wells and boreholes.
Alex Orttewell, Julie Chandler and Kitty Campbell of AssetSphere attended the CLA breakfast on the first day of the Royal Bath & West Show, with Defra minister George Eustice as the main speaker.
On the 6 April 2018 Housing Minster Dominic Raab announced changes to the General Permitted Development Order of the Town and Country Planning Act 2015. These new permitted development rights relate to conversions of agricultural buildings to residential dwellings and new agricultural buildings.
The new legislation for Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) comes into effect from the April 1 2018. Landlords will therefore need to ensure that changes are made prior to the regulations coming into force.
The European Commission has published updated greening rules, including changes to Ecological Focus Areas (EFA), which will come into effect from 1 January 2018.
The government remains positive that we will leave the European Union in March 2019, and a ‘transitional agreement’ will be put in place to allow the UK to disentangle itself from EU regulations and rules. This entanglement is most evident within the domestic agricultural policy, leaving farmers rightly concerned about what the future holds.
Section 31 (6) of the Highways Act 1980 enables landowners to acknowledge the existence of public rights of way (PROW) across their land, and allows landowners to prevent new PROW being established by ‘presumed dedication’.