England Peatland Strategy

The CLA responded to the England Peat Strategy in August 2020, highlighting the need to look at different targets and restoration techniques for upland and lowland peat, and the importance of peatland as a habitat for wildlife, productive agricultural land and a tourism asset.


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.


GN09-20 Permitted Development Rights - Change of Use of Buildings, and Rights for Temporary Takeaways - England only


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.




GN08-20 Woodland Carbon Guarantee Scheme

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.



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