England Tree Strategy

Defra consulted on the development of a new Tree Strategy for England between June and September 2020.  CLA have engaged extensively with its members on this since autumn 2019 through our branch and national committees.  Our early engagement shaped and informed the consultation document and more recent member engagement helped us to refine our positions on key issues and to answer Defra's specific questions.  Our response is in two parts - a document with answers to the Defra online consulation questions, accompanied by a further document making additional points which the online form could not accommodate.

England Tree Strategy - Survey

Defra consulted on the development of a new Tree Strategy for England between June and September 2020.  CLA have engaged extensively with its members on this since autumn 2019 through our branch and national committees.  Our early engagement shaped and informed the consultation document and more recent member engagement helped us to refine our positions on key issues and to answer Defra's specific questions.  Our response is in two parts - a document with answers to the Defra online consultation questions, accompanied by a further document making additional points which the online form could not accommodate.

Financial Assistance Statutory Insstrument Consultation Invitation Privacy Statement

Defra conducted a short consultation during August on a proposed new Statutory Instrument to cover four financial assistance schemes (Environmental Land Management, the Tree Health Pilot, the simplified Countryside Stewardship 2022 scheme, and Productivity Grant Schemes).  The consultation covered issues around what data would be published about recipients of funding within each scheme and as well as the proposed Defra approach to checking eligibility, monitor agreements and enforcement.  Under CAP schemes, Defra was required to publish data about grants given on the CAP Payments website (https://cap-payments.defra.gov.uk/). They propose to replicate this data publication for new schemes.  They also proposed publication of the Land Management Plans that are likely to form the core of the new ELM agreements.  The CLA strongly disagrees with this approach becaue the information in a Land Management Plan may be commercially sensitive and not suitable for publication. 

Planning for the future white papter analysis

The CLA has analysed the government's new planning white paper Planning for the future which set out Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government’s proposals on how to fundamentally reform the planning system in England. The paper is underpinned by three pillars: planning for development, planning for beautiful and sustainable places, and planning for infrastructure and connected places./sites/default/files/Planning white paper analysis.docx(1).pdf

England Peatland Strategy

The CLA responded to the England Peat Strategy in August 2020, highlighting the need to look at different targets and restoration techniques for upland and lowland peat, and the importance of peatland as a habitat for wildlife, productive agricultural land and a tourism asset.

CLA response to the Defra consultation on the Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme

CLA submits views on new Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme to Defra

Following extensive discussion with members, the CLA has submitted feedback on the ideas set out in the Government’s ELM Policy Discussion Document. Defra’s policy document outlined plans for the scheme, which will be split into 3 tiers and is due to be piloted nationally next year. In response, the CLA highlighted a number of areas where further work was needed

The Non-domestic Private Rented sector minimum energy efficiency standards: The future Trajectory to 2030

The CLA has responded to the Government's consultation: Non-domestic Private Rented sector minimum energy efficiency standards: future trajectory to 2030 which proposes to set a minimum EPC rating of band B by 2030.

In our response, we highlight the unique challenge faced by rural commercial buildings given they are off-gas grid and mainly of traditional construction as well as other concerns, such as the assessment methodology, the parallel introduction of tightening domestic minimum requirements and the difficulties of the seven-year payback test.

Challenges and Choices

The CLA has responded to the Natural Resources Wales (NRW) 'Challenges and Choices' consultation on water management in Wales.  CLA Cymru called for NRW to ensure farmers and landowners are represented in any decisions on water issues, that water for food production to be highly prioritised and for all aspects of water management to be looked at in conjunction, including flooding, water quality, abstraction and pollution.

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