Some confusion seems to surround the issue of whether solar fields are considered eligible land for Single Payment purposes.
From the RPA guidance notes, the crucial point is the primary purpose of the land parcel. “If the primary purpose of the land parcel is for operating solar panels, the whole land parcel is ineligible” the guidance notes state. However, if the primary purpose of the land parcel is for agriculture, the rest of the land parcel will be eligible.
WebbPaton consider that the test of ‘primary purpose’ would be financial, ie the use of the land that generates the greatest income. In our view, income from solar use outweighs agricultural income (from sheep grazing for example), and to claim on this land risks jeopardising the farmer’s whole claim.
Contact us for further advice regarding SPS and BPS claims, and to discuss the sale or purchase of entitlements. We recommend selling SPS entitlements before 19th October 2014, although another window of opportunity will open some time in January (to be confirmed by RPA).
WebbPaton have put on the market for sale a 15 acre field of arable land at Brinkworth, Malmesbury, North Wiltshire. Particulars are available on our Property page of the website, or ring the office for the brochure. Buyers should speak to George Paton at WebbPaton on 01793 842055
WebbPaton are ready to advise farmers on the crop rotations for 2015 harvest taking into account the Ecological Focus Area and Greening requirements of the CAP Reform package. Please ring WebbPaton on 01793 842055 for more details.
If you need Single Payment Entitlements WebbPaton have sellers waiting. Currently we are seeking buyers, offers will be taken to our clients.
If you hold less than 5 entitlements and cannot claim on further land parcels your entitlements will be confiscated when the Basic Payment Scheme commences. You are advised to speak to your neighbours about collaborating your claims, or to seek a local farmer who needs a little more Entitlement.
If you have more than 5 hectares of eligible land which is not being used to claim Single Payments do give us a call to explore your options for increasing income, however you will need to comply with certain obligations to fulfil the expectations of the EU and RPA. The Scheme is worth considering, as you may be ticking all these boxes already within your current farming methods.
WebbPaton operate a friendly, efficient trading service which can supply what you need at a market price. Call 01793 842055 today to explore your options without obligation.