Many, if not all, members will be in receipt of BT wayleave payments. Historically, the CLA has worked with the NFU to negotiate recommended rates of payment with BT. However, the CLA and the NFU have, as yet, been unable to agree rates for 2013 onwards despite considerable effort. There is, therefore, no agreement on payment rates in place currently.
This consultation proposes a new simpler approach to regulating domestic wastewater systems where the discharges are small, for example, systems serving individual or small groups of properties. Such discharges are known as small sewage discharges (SSDs). The aims of the proposals are to:
- simplify existing regulation within less sensitive areas (which cover most of the country) by removing the need for households and businesses to register their septic tank and record keeping requirements, while maintaining and focussing effort on preventing pollution.
- provide a more risk-based approach to permitting so that permits are only required in the most sensitive areas, where a higher level of protection is needed. This means a reduction in the number of designated sensitive areas.
The proposals would remove administrative burdens on over 40,000 people with rural properties not connected to the main sewerage network, whilst keeping the necessary controls to prevent pollution, protect public health, improve drinking water supplies, and protect sensitive habitats. Implementing the new approach would involve amendment of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010.
The CLA response challenges the amount of land take necessary for environmental mitigation provided for by the enhance HS2 biodiversity offsetting metric. Any compensatory habitat could have been provided more effectively away from the track by, or in consultation with, landowners.
This briefing note summarises a number of changes to the Renewable Heat Incentive announced by DECC in December 2013 in response to a series of consultations and reviews.
The CLA does not offer comment on the details of the route as any changes will move the route from one member to another, however HS2 must minimise its land take, concentrating only on what is essential to build a railway. Environmental mitigation in terms of additional habitat needs to be based on reality, not a matrix or a precautionary principle otherwise there will be excessive land take.
This Department for Transport consultation canvassed opinion on additional non statutory compensation measures for Phase 1 of HS2. These measures included Express purchase, long term hardship, sale and rent back, Rural Support Zone, voluntary purchase, property bond scheme, atypical situations.
Against a background of widespread criticism of the Green Deal, one of the many All-Party Parliamentary Groups operating in this area undertook this online questionnaire survey of stakeholder views. The CLA is very concerned that current policies measure buildings inaccurately, judging many (especially historic buildings) to be much "worse" than they really are. They also encourage or compel (via the forthcoming Energy Act 2011 ban on the letting of some buildings from 2018, and via Building Regulations) physical changes which are ineffective, unnecessary, physically or aesthetically damaging to the buildings, and/or financially unviable.
Information Technology (IT) is now accepted as being fundamental to the growth and success of businesses, especially in rural areas. Internet access and email have changed the way we work and broadband is regarded by many as a vital component for businesses especially in rural areas.
Building on Past Success
The CLA has campaigned over the past decade for all rural areas to gain effective and affordable broadband. In that time, the CLA has been instrumental in placing the issue of rural broadband firmly on the political agenda.