Cleaner domestic burning of solid fuels and wood

The CLA has responded to the government consultation on the cleaner burning of solid fuels, including coal and wet wood, by making the case for changes that work for both the environment and rural businesses and economies which are tied to solid fuel products.  The CLA has proposed that guidance and information are the most suitable tools for managing the burning of wood while ensuring overbearing compliance pressures do not put stress on rural businesses and households.  On coal, the CLA has agreed that an eventual phaseout of its use in domestic burning should be supported, but this should allow sufficient time for transition, provide informational support for those required to amend their behaviour and not present significant financial pressures on those who are fuel poor.

Principles of selection for listed buildings (England) - Heritage

This was a DCMS consultation of selected stakeholders (not a public consultation) on draft new advice on the principles used by DCMS and Historic England in the listed buildings.  This makes very few changes to the actual principles, and it generally improves on the previous advice.  This CLA response focuses on underlying issues, especially the need for a more effective appeal process when buildings are listed, and the need for a clearer explanation of what are (and are not) attached and curtilage structures.

Proposed scope and application of Natural England's SSSI byelaw-making powers

Natural England have existing powers to create bye-laws on Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).  To date, no bye-laws have been created for a SSSI.  In this consultation Natural England present a model bye-law and the principles they will use when assessing whether and how a bye-law may be required.  The CLA emphasises that landowners and occupiers of SSSIs have existing lawful rights and that any bye-law must not limit those rights.  Natural England accept this in their proposed operational principles.

Where necessary and if applied with precision, the CLA agrees that bye-laws could be an important management tool for SSSIs.  If and when bye-laws are considered necessary, early and effective engagement with landowners will be essential.

Clean Air Strategy

The CLA sets out its response to the Government's Clean Air Strategy and the contribution agriculture can make to reducing ammonia emissions.  The response covers the CLA's view on new regulation and the role of a public goods based agricultural support system in meeting air quality targets.

GN20-18 Getting heritage consents and heritage-relevant planning consents in England

This Guidance Note is the only substantive guidance on this subject written from the point of view of managers and owners of heritage in England.  It gives advice on how to get listed building and planning consents for heritage-related proposals, i.e. proposals which would affect listed buildings, conservation areas, world heritage sites, registered parks and gardens, scheduled and unscheduled monuments, and other significant heritage, or land within their settings.  It has been updated to August 2018.  There is a separate Guidance Note for Wales.

Environmental Governance Consultation Paper Inquiry

The Environmental Audit Committee's inquiry into government's consultation on Environmental Governance and Principles, seeks views on whether the proposals are capable of meeting the long-term ambitions set out in the recent 25 Year Environment Plan.  The CLA has expressed its views that the new body risks adding complexity, cost and bureaucracy to the detriment of environmental delivery.  There has been little analysis of how existing bodies can work more effectively together and the CLA has questioned why there has not been any consideration of a more fundamental consolidation of environmental governance roles as a means to achieve a more effective and efficient government body.

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