BEIS issued a call for evidence on 30 September 2020 to help shape a forthcoming consultation on the design a new Green Heat Networks Fund, which is proposed to be available from April 2022. Heat is responsible for around a third of UK greenhouse gas emissions and decarbonising heat is a key requirement in order to meet government Net Zero ambitions. A growth in the heat networks sector based on low carbon energy sources will be an important way to achieve this. In our response CLA calls for the GHNF to be designed to provide support to small rural heat networks of a few properties as well as large networks serving thousands of properties in cities. Rural areas are off mains gas and oil heat dominated - so offer much in the way of potential decarbonisation of heat by replacing oil boilers with low carbon heat networks using biomass and heat pumps. There are a great many clusters of rural properties across the countryside where the heat networks model could be usefully deployed thereby helping rural areas to play their part in reaching our collective Net Zero ambitions.
As a landlord, you are responsible for ensuring the safety of the property you let. This guidance note covers the duties imposed on landlords in relation to gas safety by the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 (GSR 1998) as amended by the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 (GSR 2018).
National Access Adviser, Sophie Dwerryhouse, reflects on why the CLA is promoting the Countryside Code ahead of the long weekend.
Chief Land Use Adviser Susan Twining reflects on the transition away from CAP, towards ELMs, in light of Covid-19.
This Guidance Note explains enforcement and prosecution in cases where there is (or it is being claimed that there is) building work which has breached listed building, planning, or scheduled monument law. This is surprisingly common, often because local authorities do not understand the law. It has a strong emphasis on the practical actions members can take in these circumstances.
It does not cover the separate issue of local authority action if buildings are in disrepair (for which see the separate CLA Guidance Note Solutions for problem heritage and heritage at risk).
This guidance note provides an overview of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for commercial buildings, including when an EPC is legally required, MEES exemptions and the CLA’s approach to listed buildings and buildings within a Conservation Area.
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 other CLA Guidance Notes, especially Getting heritage and other consents, and Listed buildings - do I need consent?
Chief Land Use Adviser Susan Twining examines how the current Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted risks to the food supply chain and why the Agriculture Bill is important.
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.