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.

Providing Public Goods

The Agriculture Bill has clearly set out the Government’s intention to replace the Basic Payment Scheme with a system based on the principle of delivering public goods. Here the CLA’s Land Use Policy Team sets out what you can do to prepare.

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.

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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