Flooding and Coastal Erosion

The CLA has responded to Defra's Call for Evidence on key flood and coastal issues to help develop a flood and coastal erosion and national infrastructure strategy.  Our evidence outlined the importance of resilience to flood and coastal erosion for farmers and landowners, as in farming the speed of recovery is often slow due to the production cycle, and costs can be very high.  Farmers and landowners have long dealt with changeable weather events and are able to cope well, however, their resilience is dependent on good drainage, well-maintained flood defences and a strong strategic vision from Defra and the Environment Agency.

Agricultural Tenancies

The CLA responded to the consultations undertaken by DEFRA and the Welsh Government on agricultural tenancy legislation reform.  Both Governments produced very similar consultations suggesting changes which could remove barriers to productivity improvements and facilitate structural change in the tenant farming sector.  Some suggestions were welcomed but others opposed.  In particular, the CLA made it clear that no steps should be taken to prolong the lifetime of the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986.

Rural Broadband and digital only services

The CLA has formally responded to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Select Committee inquiry into broadband in rural areas and digital only services.  The CLA response recognises the change in government policy to full fibre by 2033 which it supports but also stresses the importance of narrowing the present rural-urban digital divide.  The CLA also makes clear that it will not support the mobile operators proposal for a Single Rural Network unless there are a series of legal guarantees that targets will be met and that the proposed timetable for 95% geographic coverage is shortened.

"Statements of heritage significance"

 

The need for this advice was suggested by the CLA and others, and the CLA response welcomes this consultation in principle, but suggests that it could have only limited impact as drafted.  The response suggests a number of crucial changes which would greatly increase its impact and effectiveness:  it could then be of real help to owners/applicants and local authorities, and considerably improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the whole heritage protection system. 

 

Tailored Review of Historic England

Public bodies are reviewed roughly five-yearly, in line with Cabinet Office requirements.  These reviews aim to "...provide robust challenge to... the continuing need for the organisation and, where appropriate, make recommendations for improvement".  This CLA response to the 2019 Tailored Review of Historic England praises many aspects of HE's work.  But it also raises a number of serious concerns, especially that the current heritage protection system is failing after years of cuts to the planning system, and that HE urgently needs to implement reforms to ensure that the system will work and be financially-sustainable in future.  It suggests a number of recommendations for the Review.

Technical consultation on setting decapitalisation rates for Wales for the Non-Domestic Revaluation 2021

Decapitalisation Rates are used in the calculation of the rateable value of certain properties. These might include buildings on private land for which it is difficult to apply a rate based on the normal formulae of comparison. 

Date of issue:                     8 March 2019

Consultation deadline:   30 May 2019

Conserving Georgian and Victorian terraced housing - A guide to managing change

Although most terraced housing is urban, the CLA responded to this consultation on new draft Historic England advice partly to commend its overall approach, and partly to encourage Historic England to publish further advice on similar lines for other building types.  The response also makes some more specific comments on the draft.

 

Conservation Covenants

Following the consultation on conservation covenants by the Law Commission in 2013, the Government is now looking to take forward the recommendations set out in their report, with some amendments. This will put conservation covenants into statute as an additional legal tool to aid conservation. A conservation covenant is a voluntary, private agreement between a landowner and another body, which commits the land to be managed for the benefit of conservation.

The CLA has responded, welcoming the introduction of this new conservation tool, but setting out some areas that may need to be refined for conservation covenants to be attractive to landowners.

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