CLA secures improvements to Localism Bill in favour of farmers and landowners
The CLA has successfully opposed Localism Bill clauses relating to "so called" Assets of Community Value (ACV) which could have prevented farmers and landowners from selling land or property at a time of their choosing if it was deemed to be of value to communities.
The Association lobbied against the clauses arguing that landowners in rural areas already provide thousands of privately owned assets for the use of local communities such as playing fields and village halls. It said this long-standing tradition was under threat and that many rural advisers told clients to withdraw assets from community use.
"We have worked closely with the Government to reduce the detrimental impact on the countryside of allowing communities and local authorities to acquire the right to put land or buildings on a list, with the owner losing the right to sell until the community has had a chance to raise the funds to bid for it."
Mr Worsley said a number of improvements had been made to the Bill to the benefit of farmers and landowners.
He said: "The proposals now include a better definition of 'community asset', meaning it must be seen to further the social well-being of the local community. Also, individuals will not be able to nominate assets to go on the council-led list which affords the owners some protection.
"Although the proposal to allow a Community Right to Bid is still going ahead, the CLA has secured a significant amendment on what was originally intended."
He added: "We shall continue to work with the Government to ensure exemptions for residential premises and associated land, part-listed land, disposals as a result of pre-existing arrangements, transfers between connected companies, an independent right of appeal and compensation for loss of expense incurred as a result of listing assets."
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A farmer’s daughter from the North York Moors, where her brothers still farm, Dorothy has clocked up more than 30 years’ service to the rural economy since graduating from Wye College (University of London) with a degree in agriculture.
She qualified as a rural practice chartered surveyor (land agent) whilst working for Savills plc in London and York, dealing with sales and purchases of country houses and estates as well as the management of investment estates for financial institutions.
Prior to joining the CLA, Dorothy worked for the National Trust in Yorkshire. There she managed some 30,000 acres of outstanding countryside as well as being responsible for historic houses open to the public and the acquisition of major new properties.
Dorothy was awarded an MBE in the 2011 New Year Honours List in recognition of her services to rural affairs.
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