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New Act threatens landowners’ rights, warns CAAV

Landowners stand to lose millions of pounds of potential development value under government proposals to grant large developers the right to acquire land for housing. Under the Housing and Planning Act (HPA) 2016, developers of Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects – such as large transport links, energy lines, and water pipes – will be able to […]

Wilberfoss agricultural machinery company in Trading Standards crackdown

Wilberfoss agricultural machinery company in Trading Standards crackdown

A couple from Wilberfoss running a business selling agricultural machinery have been forced to make a promise to a court not to make misleading statements when selling their goods. Alan and Christine Farrow of Southfield Farm, York Road, Wilberfoss, appeared before York County Court and were forced to give legally binding undertakings promising that from […]

New powers for landowners dealing with illegally fly-grazed horses as law comes into force

New powers for landowners dealing with illegally fly-grazed horses as law comes into force

The new Control of Horses Act comes into force in England today (26 May) giving landowners greater powers to deal with horses left illegally on their land. The CLA, which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses, worked closely with a coalition of rural organisations and animal welfare charities to drive the Private Members’ Bill through […]

Where there’s no muck, there’s no brass

A Co Down man, who registered as a farmer to steal over £200,000 in a VAT refund fraud, even though he didn’t own a farm, has been jailed for 10 months after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Thomas McKay, 31, from Banbridge, created false invoices for his non-existent farming business to fraudulently […]

First Minister welcomes ‘significant’ Supreme Court ruling

The First Minister has welcomed a “significant” Supreme Court ruling that an Assembly Bill to underpin the development of the Welsh agricultural sector and to protect low paid agricultural workers is lawful. But Carwyn Jones has also warned that the whole basis of Welsh law-making still needs to be overhauled in order to ensure the […]

Farmers reminded of 21-day deadline for land use appeals

Farmers’ Union of Wales Montgomeryshire county executive officer Susan Jones said that after local landowners in the area had registered manorial rights by the October deadline, farmers were now starting to receive notices from the Land Registry advising them a third party is seeking to protect the mineral interests. “The notices explain who has made […]

Modernising wildlife law

The Law Commission and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have agreed that the Commission should continue its review of the law relating to wildlife, and make recommendations for its reform. In an interim statement published today, the Commission outlines its initial thinking on the scope and content of the new regime. The […]

Waste Exemptions 2013 window closing fast

Waste exemptions need to be registered with the Environment Agency by 30th September 2013 and will last for 3 years. The waste categories are now coded by Use, Treatment, Disposal and Storage. These exemptions can be completed via the Environment Agency website. Hannah Foster of BCM comments: “It is important to register these waste exemptions […]

FUW concerned over proposed changes to access legislation

FUW concerned over proposed changes to access legislation

At a recent meeting of the union’s grand council delegates were informed that culture and sport minister John Griffiths has instigated a review of all legislation covering access and outdoor recreation in Wales. The review is aimed at simplifying and modernising current legislation to provide clarity and certainty over where people can go and what […]

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