GN13-14 BT Wayleaves - Rates of Payment from 02/03/13 onwards

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.

Briefing Note: Consultation on reform of the regulatory system to control small sewage discharges

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.

HS2 Consultation on the Route from the West Midlands to Manchester, Leeds and Beyond

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.

Energy efficiency: APPG - Green Deal - Community Views (2013)

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.

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