This Briefing Note provides a very brief summary about the changes made to the Planning Act 2008 by section 60 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016, meaning that housing can be included in an application for new Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs).
Following the uproar to the large increases in the draft 2017 valuation lists and the concern of many businesses that they were facing increases that were disproportionate the Chancellor announced in his budget three additional reforms on top of those already announced, that he hoped would help the transition:
- Support for small businesses losing Small Business Rate Relief
- English local authorities discretionary relief to support hard-hit businesses
- £1000 business rate discount for public houses
This Guidance Note gives details of these changes, and gives an outline of the Non Domestic Rates systems, reliefs, and appeals.
These Regulations come into effect on 1st October 2015 and there is no grace period for compliance. They will place a duty on most landlords of let houses to fit a smoke alarm on each floor and also provide carbon monoxide alarms in rooms with solid fuel burning appliances. The regulation covers most existing and new tenancies that provide residential accommdation. It is also a requirement to check these alarms are functioning before a new let.
In 2013 The Government announced the Mobile Infrastructure Project (MIP) in which £150 million would be invested to improve mobile coverage in areas where there is currently no coverage from any of the Mobile Network Operators – so called “not spot” areas. Arqiva is tasked with enabling the roll out of these masts across the UK and is currently searching for suitable sites and is contacting local farmers, landowners and rural businesses. This Guidance Note is a summary of some of the issues that the CLA has identified.
This Briefing outlines the CLA's appearance before the House of Commons Hybid Bill Committee on 17th and 18th November 2014.
Many, if not all, members will be in receipt of electricity wayleave payments. The CLA has worked with the NFU to negotiate recommended rates of payment with the Electricity Industry designed to save members the time and cost of individual negotiations.
Many, if not all, members will be in receipt of BT wayleave payments. Historically, the CLA has worked with the NFU to negotiate recommended rates of payment with BT. However, the CLA and the NFU have, as yet, been unable to agree rates for 2013 onwards despite considerable effort. There is, therefore, no agreement on payment rates in place currently.
This Guidance Note offers advice to landowners as to the background to the need for rural wayleaves in order to roll out broadband to the final 1/3 of the rural area that is currently hard to reach. There are also attached agreements for the apparatus for both private and not-for profit installers. These should be seen as permanent rights and therefore appropriate professional advice should be sought before signing.
The basic default exclusion zone establishes a no fishing area within 30m of electricity apparatus. In certain circumstances the new guidance permits a reduction to a safety distance of 7m between the tip of the rod to the overhead power line. Such a reduction should only take place where a full risk assessment on the lines is undertaken in partnership with the owner of the electricity apparatus.
The CLA and the NFU recently completed lengthy negotiations with BT's local access network delivery division, Openreach which will benefit farmers and landowners. The work has seen the completion of a landmark of a landmark memorandum of understanding which will for the first time give certainty to CLA and NFU members working with Openreach on their land. The Guidance Note also covers the standard rates of payment recommended to members for BT Openreach apparatus on their land.