Agriculture, achieving net-zero emissions inquiry

The CLA has responded to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee inquiry on agriculture, achieving net-zero emissions.  In our response, we highlight that landowners and managers are crucial to achieving net-zero across the economy.  The ambition to achieve net-zero for the sector should be reframed to look at the full range of positive contributions from farmers and landowners towards the national obligation rather than focussing on the sector specific emissions.

GN24-19 Carbon Accounting

Agriculture and land use contributes to around 10% of the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon accounting on farms is one of the best ways to start measuring and then reducing the emissions produced on-farm. This Guidance Note explains the basics of carbon accounting, recommends two carbon calculating tools available for land managers and explains how to interpret the results. The Guidance Note also runs through the different farm management practices that can help reduce emissions for a variety of farm systems.

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.

Statement of Strategic Priorities for Telecommunications

The CLA has formally responded to the Government’s Statement of Strategic Priorities for telecommunications. The CLA has reaffirmed its objective that there has to be universal digital connectivity both for fixed line and mobile telecommunications in order to eradicate the rural-urban digital divide.

Supporting the Government’s long term Full Fibre programme that will see every premise in the UK have access to fibre connections straight to the home and business, the CLA has stated that the change in government policy vindicates the CLA’s telecommunication policy which has been developed over a number of years. The Universal Service Obligation, that will provide each household with at least a 10Mbps connection by 2020, is a clear policy success.

However, the CLA recognises the  challenges ahead including the need to increase awareness of digital connectivity for small businesses as well as ensuring that mobile coverage increases significantly as both 4G and 5G are rolled out so that rural communities are no longer left behind.

GN15-19 Structure or Building - the Law

This guidance note provides advice about the circumstances in which structures may be considered to be buildings. Decisions on whether structures that are placed on land, that are ‘portable’. ‘moveable’ or ‘temporary’ must be approached with care. More often than not these types of structures are in fact considered to be buildings and may require planning permission. This guidance note provides the law and an explanation of relevant case law decisions.


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