This note provides information on the Woodland Carbon Guarantee (WCaG). This is a £50m government scheme which provides a financial incentive to land managers in England to plant new woodland to help tackle climate change by removing carbon from the atmosphere. The scheme is run by reverse auctions every six months or so. The guidance note summarises how the scheme operates, how to apply and outlines the carbon market. It also outlines the Woodland Carbon Code, the voluntary standard for UK woodland carbon projects, under which applications to the WCaG scheme have to be registered. The Woodland Carbon Guarantee scheme operates in England only.
These Regulations that will come into force on 1 June 2020 (England only) introduce another important element to the long list of landlords’ legal responsibilities. They place an obligation on private landlords to check compliance with the relevant electrical safety standards in order to ensure that electrical installations in the private rented sector are safe for continued use.
In late February 2020, UK Government announced a phasing out of sales of house coal within three years and restrictions on sales of wet wood from February 2021. These new restrictions apply to England only but similar measures are being considered by Welsh Government. This guidance note sets out the new rules, the reasons for them and how they will affect members.
In these extraordinary times landlords and tenants may want or need to reconsider the terms of their existing residential tenancy agreements.
This Guidance Note deals with the issue of rent concessions and contains suggested template letters that could be used or adapted by landlords to record temporary changes to the rent payable under residential tenancy agreements.
This Guidance Note introduces the concept of natural capital as a way of measuring and managing the environmental impacts of businesses. It outlines what is meant by natural capital, why it is important and how CLA members can undertake a natural capital assessment of their land holding. The note also introduces the idea of environmental markets and has links to a number of tools and case studies.
In 2015 new rules for private sewage systems came into force requiring that any septic tank which currently discharges directly to a water course be upgraded. Initially, the Environment Agency gave a deadline of January 2020 by which existing non-compliant tanks must upgrade. This deadline has now been relaxed, however, the CLA is advising members to act promptly if they are looking to sell their property or if their system is causing pollution. This Guidance Note outlines the regulations and provides advice on how to comply.
This Guidance Note concerns what is and is not included in a listing, i.e. the principal building and potentially fixtures, attached structures, and curtilage structures. It explores the mythology which has grown up on this subject. It also covers the implications of inclusion, and what members can do to persuade local authorities or others that something is, or is not, included in the listing of a listed building. It is designed to be read alongside the CLA Guidance Note Getting heritage and other consents.
On 15 January 2020 the government published its second iteration of the Agriculture Bill. The Agriculture Bill initially failed to make it through the last Parliament due to the Brexit deadlock and general election.
Listed building consent (LBC) is required for any work to a listed building which affects its 'special interest'. Much (perhaps most) work to listed buildings will not affect special interest, and therefore does not need consent. In practice, however, the 'official' guidance is minimal, it can appear very unclear whether LBC is needed or not, and penalties for carrying out work which needed consent without consent can be substantial. This Guidance Note is designed to help members with heritage who are in doubt.
Guidance Note on Certificates of Lawfulness of Existing Use or Development (CLEUD) and Certificates of Proposed Use or Development (CLOPUD)