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.
CLA Senior Rural Business and Economy Adviser Charles Trotman reflects on the UK/EU trade negotiations so far.
As the Environment Bill returns to Parliament, Senior Policy Researcher Harry Greenfield takes a closer look at what the Bill entails
CLA's Chief Land Use Adviser Susan Twining takes a forensic look at the Agriculture Bill
CLA Land Use Adviser Alice Ritchie runs the rule over the Committee on Climate Change’s report
The CLA's Head of Planning Fenella Collins unpacks Housing and Planning Minister Esther McVey's recent speech on planning and communities
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 the CLA Guidance Note Getting heritage and other consents.
On 15 January 2020 the government published its second iteration of the Agriculture Bill. The Agriculture Bill initially failed to make it through the last Parliament due to the Brexit deadlock and general election.
Listed building consent (LBC) is required for any work to a listed building which affects its 'special interest'. Much (perhaps most) work to listed buildings will not affect special interest, and therefore does not need consent. In practice, however, the 'official' guidance is minimal, it can appear very unclear whether LBC is needed or not, and penalties for carrying out work which needed consent without consent can be substantial. This Guidance Note is designed to help members with heritage who are in doubt.
The CLA has responded to the Government's consultation: Non-domestic Private Rented sector minimum energy efficiency standards: future trajectory to 2030 which proposes to set a minimum EPC rating of band B by 2030.
In our response, we highlight the unique challenge faced by rural commercial buildings given they are off-gas grid and mainly of traditional construction as well as other concerns, such as the assessment methodology, the parallel introduction of tightening domestic minimum requirements and the difficulties of the seven-year payback test.