This guidance note provides advice about the regulations concerning Class Q - change of use of farm buildings to dwellings. It has been updated to reflect changes made to Class Q with the provision of adequate nature light to all habitable rooms
This guidance note provides a summary of recently published regulations that grant additional days fo temporary uses of land.
Defra released a consultation on June 19 on the UK government’s Tree Strategy for England. The consultation document sets out Defra’s current thinking on the future for our trees and woodlands and asks various questions to help shape the final England Tree Strategy which is expected later in 2020. This Briefing Note – which applies to England only - summarises the key issues in the consultation document.
This guidance note provides a summary of the available permitted development rights for the change of use of agricultural and other buildings to residential and commercial uses. It also includes a summary of new temporary permitted development rights for the change of use of drinking establishments, restaurant and cafes to take-away food establishments under Part 4 Temporary buildings and uses of land – new Class DA. Class DA has been introduced by the Government to support certain drinking and other establishments during the current coronavirus situation.
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 came 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.
This Guidance Note sets out the scope of the new legislation; the implications for relevant landlords; the enforcement regime and some practical advice on what steps landlords should be taking now.
It contains a link to the latest Government guidance but members should please be aware that this will be reviewed again as there have been some discrepancies over the start dates.
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 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.
Guidance Note on Certificates of Lawfulness of Existing Use or Development (CLEUD) and Certificates of Proposed Use or Development (CLOPUD)
This Guidance Note provides government planning guidance to support on-farm reservoirs, farm shops, the use of polytunnels, farm tracks and on-farm flood protection and alleviation works. It is aimed at assisting both applicants and planning authorities with decision-making about these farm-based developments.