Current priorities

Through leadership, the development of forward-thinking policy and by engaging with decision-makers, the CLA ensures that landowners can make the most efficient and profitable use of their land.

Our lobbying priorities focus on issues of most concern to our members. Find out more about our current priorities and how they are being addressed here.

Speaking for you in Brexit preparations · Compulsory Purchase Affects All Landowners · Options for Enterprising Farmers · Managing Public Access Rights · A Proper Understanding of Rural Business · CAP for Today and Tomorrow · Your Voice at the Heart of Government · New Ways to Fund the Natural Environment · Water Abstraction · Planning for Vibrant Communities · The Tax Burden · Managing Trees and Woodlands · Agricultural Tenancies · Campaigning for Fast, Universal Broadband · Investing in Renewable Energy

SPEAKING FOR YOU IN BREXIT PREPARATIONS

The CLA is fighting to ensure the interests of farmers and the wider rural economy are not ignored as the UK prepares for a new era outside the of the European Union.

Speaking for you in the EU debateWhat is the issue?

Any change in the UK’s relationship with the EU could have fundamental and wide-ranging implications for landowners and rural businesses.


What is the CLA doing to help?

The CLA is making the case that, whatever the future of the UK’s relationship with the EU, the vital financial support provided to farming businesses and the wider rural economy must continue through to 2020 and beyond through the creation of a United Kingdom Agricultural and Land Use Policy. We are also making the case for the UK to retain open access to European and global markets and a fair and proportionate regulatory framework.

How does this benefit members?

Our work means that there is already a robust and credible voice for rural businesses in this debate. We can provide unique insight into how the debate is shaping up as well as the implications to help members to make business plans.

Click here to view the CLA Lobbying pages


COMPULSORY PURCHASE AFFECTS ALL LANDOWNERS

Roads, railways, fracking, utilities, airports – infrastructure projects can have a devastating effect on landowners and their businesses. The CLA is fighting for a fairer system.

COMPULSORY PURCHASE AFFECTS ALL LANDOWNERSWhat is the issue?

With the current drive for new infrastructure it is important that the compulsory purchase regime is reformed. Infrastructure projects can have a devastating effect on landowners and modern legislation is needed that recognises the property rights of all those affected.


What is the CLA doing to help?

The CLA is fighting for a fairer system. We made specific recommendations to the Government in our policy report Fair Play: CLA vision for reform of the compulsory purchase system and, as a result, the Government published a public consultation based on many of our proposals.

How does this benefit members?

CLA’s proposals will provide robust measures to ensure landowners affected by compulsory purchase have a far stronger voice in their negotiations and obtain fairer and swifter financial compensation for their property and business interests.

Click here to view the CLA Compulsory Purchase pages


OPTIONS FOR ENTERPRISING FARMERS

Share farming agreements allow you to maintain your status as a farmer while also bringing new entrants into the industry. The CLA can help you decide if this is for you.

Share FarmingWhat is the issue?

Farmers wishing to retire from farming, or simply lessen their workload, often find it difficult to do so. Meanwhile new entrants struggle to find the necessary opportunities and funding.


What is the CLA doing to help?

CLA has used its expertise to explore the potential benefits of share farming and raise awareness of it as an additional option for farmers to consider. We have also published an advisory handbook, A practical guide to share farming, to accompany this initiative.

How does this benefit members?

Share farming allows a farmer to reduce his level of involvement while also maintaining his interest and status; at the same time, it allows new entrants to the business who can gain knowledge and experience without requiring significant capital.

Click here to view the CLA Share Farming pages


MANAGING PUBLIC ACCESS RIGHTS

Access can have a detrimental impact on the way land is used. Whenever greater access rights are proposed, CLA defends its members' interests.

Countryside AccessWhat is the issue?

Despite extensive access rights over the public rights of way network, common land, mountains, moors, heaths and downs, and the coastline, there are frequent demands for more - including forests and inland waterways. However, access can have a detrimental impact on the way land is used.


What is the CLA doing to help?

CLA has persuaded the Welsh Government to think again about creating new access rights, and we have resisted demands from the canoe lobby. There are still requests for greater access to woodlands and we are continuing to persuade the Government not to give in.

How does this benefit members?

Whenever greater access rights are proposed, the CLA will defend members' interests.

Click here to view the CLA Countryside Access pages


A PROPER UNDERSTANDING OF RURAL BUSINESS

The CLA is working with the Government to create the right policies and infrastructure to support vibrant, successful rural and farming businesses.

Rural BusinessWhat is the issue?

Rural businesses are often small, family-run and unincorporated and by their very nature many are land-based which limits flexibility. In practice, most government policies for business favour urban and incorporated businesses.


What is the CLA doing to help?

We are lobbying decision-makers to ensure their policies – especially those involving infrastructure, taxation and technology – support the needs of rural businesses.

How does this benefit members?

CLA’s experience and expertise makes policy-makers aware of the special characteristics of rural and farming businesses and the need to provide the right policies and infrastructure to support their success.

Click here to view the CLA Rural Business Support pages


CAP FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW

The CLA is working to support food production and sustainable agriculture across Europe.

CAPWhat is the issue?

Many farmers depend on the CAP for their businesses to remain viable. At a time of huge pressures on EU budgets, it is vital that Europe's farmers are not put at a competitive disadvantage to farmers in other parts of the world.


What is the CLA doing to help?

The CLA, together with the European Landowners' Organization, is working to make the case for the continuing support for farmers within the EU for both sustainable food production and environmental management.

How does this benefit members?

CLA’s work will ensure that UK farmers can compete effectively and still provide everything society expects from them.

Click here to view the CLA CAP pages


YOUR VOICE AT THE HEART OF GOVERNMENT

Governments in general tend to be urban-centric – the CLA is vital to ensuring the rural agenda is not overlooked.

YOUR VOICE AT THE HEART OF GOVERNMENTWhat is the issue?

Every day decisions are taken in Whitehall, Cardiff and Brussels that have an impact on you and your ability to manage your land and business effectively.


What is the CLA doing to help?

The CLA makes the case for rural land and business owners at the heart of Government. We meet regularly with UK and Welsh Ministers, MPs and AMs, as well as MEPs and EU Commissioners, and we promote your interests through the media and policy-making groups.

How does this benefit members?

CLA’s influence ensures that policy-makers take the best possible account of the needs of rural land, property and business owners, and members benefit from an understanding of the decisions that affect them.

Click here to view the CLA Lobbying pages


NEW WAYS TO FUND THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

The CLA is promoting innovative ways to obtain private funding to help secure the environmental benefits society expects.

EnviromentWhat is the issue?

Private landowners provide many of the benefits that society wants from the natural environment – such as healthy habitats and wildlife, thriving woodlands and forests, clean water and sustainable flood management.


What is the CLA doing to help?

For many years the CLA has led the way in promoting the development of ways to reward farmers for all the work they do to maintain and enhance the natural environment. We are currently working with the Government to ensure the right regulations and incentives are created so that much more can be provided.

How does this benefit members?

Our work in this area will help ensure that farmers and landowners are properly rewarded for the vital environmental benefits they provide for society.

Click here to view the CLA Environmental Markets pages


WATER ABSTRACTION

The CLA is lobbying to ensure that farmers have sufficient water to maintain their land and businesses.

Water AbstractionWhat is the issue?

Hotter and drier summers are likely to severely restrict current levels of water abstraction for agriculture and require more irrigation-based water supply. Those who rely on irrigated water will need to ensure they plan their water use efficiently and invest in appropriate infrastructure.


What is the CLA doing to help?

CLA is highlighting the need for food producers to have security of water supply and for a more sympathetic planning system for on-farm reservoirs.

How does this benefit members?

CLA lobbying will give members greater opportunity to manage water resources locally, providing a positive impact both on the economic viability of farms and other enterprises reliant on water.

Click here to view the CLA Water pages


PLANNING FOR VIBRANT COMMUNITIES

CLA's focus on improving the planning system will help rural communities adapt for the future.

Rural PlanningWhat is the issue?

Whether for housing or business, development in rural areas - particularly in National Parks, AONBs and the Green Belt - can be challenging.


What is the CLA doing to help?

The CLA has lobbied hard for a planning system which helps rural communities prepare for the future. Our currrent work with the Government aims to ensure the proper implementation of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the new Permittted Development Rights which CLA successfully argued for. We are promoting a more effective policy for the Green Belt.

How does this benefit members?

Our lobbying means farmers and landowners should find it easier to carry out reasonable and appropriate development on their land.

Click here to view the CLA Rural Planning pages


THE TAX BURDEN

The CLA works to ensure the tax burden on farmers and rural businesses is kept to a minimum.

TaxationWhat is the issue?

Whatever the size of your land and property holding, you will want to be able to pass on as many of your assets to your dependants.


What is the CLA doing to help?

The CLA can help you to ensure your assets go to your family rather than the tax man.

How does this benefit members?

CLA’s tax experts can help you to plan ahead and their vigilant focus on all aspects of taxation that affect landowners allows members to be alerted to changes in the law that affect them.

Our sustained lobbying has resulted in a number of positive changes to tax policy and legislation for the benefit of members.

Click here to view the CLA Taxation pages


MANAGING TREES AND WOODLANDS

The CLA recognises that trees provide a vital source of income for many landowners and works to promote the viability of woodland businesses.

WoodlandsWhat is the issue?

Woodlands offer a vital source of income for many landowners. In addition, trees ease the impact of climate change, improve biodiversity, enhance the landscape and provide recreation space.


What is the CLA doing to help?

CLA continues to promote the financial viability of woodland businesses and the importance of tree cultivation. We press for resources to address threats from pests and diseases, and for high standards of management of woodlands in public and private ownership.

How does this benefit members?

We have been instrumental in transforming the economics of many woodland businesses and our influence over the Government's forestry policy now means it is easier for members to access woodland management grants. When implemented, our current proposals will further protect members' - and the nation's - woods.

Click here to view the CLA Forestry and Woodlands pages


AGRICULTURAL TENANCIES

The CLA is working for a healthy and viable agricultural tenancy system that contributes to a profitable industry.

AGRICULTURAL TENANCIESWhat is the issue?

Calls to make Farm Business Tenancies more restrictive could mean that landowners lose the flexibility to make the right decisions for their business.


What is the CLA doing to help?

The CLA is the only organisation opposing further restrictions to the structure of Farm Business Tenancies which are adaptable and allow freedom of contract, arguing instead for a review of the highly regulated Agricultural Holdings Act tenancy.

How does this benefit members?

Landowners must be able to fulfil their own management objectives when letting land. It is in everyone’s interest to have a healthy and viable tenanted sector that contributes to a competitive and profitable agricultural industry for the UK.

Click here to view the CLA Tenancies and Licences pages


CAMPAIGNING FOR FAST, UNIVERSAL BROADBAND

CLA is fighting for fast, reliable broadband for rural areas in order to increase the competitiveness of their members' rural businesses.

BroadbandWhat is the issue?

Good broadband increases the competitiveness of any business. It is the driver for information sharing and commerce: businesses with poor broadband connections are at a disadvantage.


What is the CLA doing to help?

The CLA is seeking a universal, fast, reliable and affordable broadband service that meets the needs of modern-day rural businesses.

How does this benefit members?

Better connectivity will mean members' businesses can compete more effectively, through better management, research, marketing and communications. Members will also be able to meet the Government's requirement for electronic submission of information.

Click here to view the CLA Broadband pages


INVESTING IN RENEWABLE ENERGY

The CLA works hard to ensure that renewable energy provision for landowners remains viable.

Solar panelWhat is the issue?

Renewable energy is important for landowners, it gives them the opportunity to profit from energy generation, and control their own energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.


What is the CLA doing to help?

The CLA works hard to ensure that renewable energy provision remains viable. For example, the Government now accepts the value of on-farm anaerobic digestion, and has created a loan fund to offer support.

How does this benefit members?

While challenges remain, our successes have maintained investment in this industry and members can access the support they need.

Click here to view the CLA Renewable Energy pages