The High Court has held in a recent case that, despite the tenants’ costly renovation works carried out to the property, the tenants did not have an agricultural tenancy.
From 2 April 2018, all farmers in England will need to follow a new set of farming rules for water which are being introduced in order to reduce water pollution and the damage it causes to our rivers and seas and also to our economy. Many farmers are already undertaking good practice in this area … Continued
It is not uncommon for farmers to have rights of way crossing their land which are used by members of the public. This can often cause issues for farmers in two respects; irresponsible use of the land by the public and issues specific to rights of way. The National Farmers Union (NFU) has recently considered … Continued
This time of year sees many farmers spreading organic manure on farmland and the air filled with the odour that is associated with it. The Code of Good Agricultural Practice regulates the act of manure spreading and requires farmers to take action to minimise odour when spreading organic manure.
Do you have a derelict house on your land? Perhaps you have been using an old cottage to store feed, or allowed livestock to use it as a shelter. If so, you could be at risk of it being considered ‘abandoned’, which could lead to legal loss of use as a residential dwelling, rendering the … Continued
What are the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)? The MEES are a set of legal requirements that landlords must comply with to improve the energy efficiency of privately rented properties across the UK. They apply to certain private rented properties that are legally required to have an Energy Performance Certificate, both domestic and non-domestic, with … Continued
The National Farmers’ Union of England and Wales (NFU) has recently asked its members for comments and feedback on the proposed changes to the British Standards document for gates and stiles, which offers guidance and best practice when installing new gates, stiles or other structures on rights of way.
For 20 years now, it has been an offence to remove most hedgerows in the countryside without prior approval from the local planning authority. The purpose of the Hedgerow Regulations 1997 is to protect “important” countryside hedgerows which no amount of replanting could replace. The Regulations apply to all hedges more than 20m in length, … Continued
Figures released by Defra show incidents of waste dumped illegally and which have been reported to and cleared by local authorities have increased by 4% but action taken against the culprits has fallen by 4% – it is estimated that fly-tipping on private land costs landowners between £50m and £150m to clear up each year. … Continued