THE NEW COUNTRYSIDE STEWARDSHIP SCHEME

If you would like to be considered for the new Higher Tier of the Countryside Stewardship scheme, you will have to act quickly, as an ‘Expression of Interest Form’ needs to be returned to Natural England by 15th July 2015.

The Mid Tier of the Countryside Stewardship scheme was due to open on 1st July, but there has been a delay and we are expecting the application form to be available from mid-July, with an application deadline of 30th September 2015.  Applications will be scored by Natural England according to priorities for your area and there is no guarantee that you will be offered an agreement.  The WebbPaton Team are attending various training events over the next few weeks so that we are able to put together highly competitive applications for farmers, so if you are interested in applying please contact Cathy Hancock-Angell or Gemma Drewett.

 

SHOULD YOU SERVE NOTICE FOR A FARM RENT REDUCTION?

Many tenant farmers are now considering whether it is worth serving a Notice for rent review before Michaelmas this year to trigger a rent review next year.  There are inevitably risks associated with serving a Notice if the market improves over the next year and the level of rent will depend on the terms of your tenancy agreement, so please talk to Mark Webb, George Paton or Harriet Ruffle for expert advice before taking any action.

 

PROTECT YOUR LAND FROM FUTURE RIGHTS OF WAY AND VILLAGE GREEN CLAIMS

WebbPaton are recommending that every landowner should put a 20 year deposit in place with their local council to prevent future rights of way or village green claims across their land. A deposit could save you significant costs and time in preventing future disputes.  WebbPaton are busy preparing the CA16 application forms and maps for clients, so if you would like your land to be protected, please contact Gemma Drewett or Libby Barron.

 

LEADER GRANTS

Applicants are now invited to submit an ‘Expression of Interest’ Form to apply for LEADER funding (for grants from £5,000 to £50,000 per applicant).

The LEADER funding is administered by Local Action Groups (LAGs), with individual objectives but all projects must support one or more of the 6 LEADER priorities, as follows:

  • support micro and small businesses and farm diversification
  • boost rural tourism
  • increase farm productivity
  • increase forestry productivity
  • provide rural services
  • provide cultural and heritage activities

 

The main LAGs in this area are ‘The Vale Action’ (covering The Cotswold Water Park down to Trowbridge), the ‘North Wessex Downs LEADER’ (covering the North Wessex Downs AONB), ‘The Plain Action’ (covering Salisbury Plain and the surrounding villages and market towns) and ‘Southern Oxfordshire LEADER’ (boundary to be confirmed).

Please contact Harriet Ruffle if you are interested in applying for a LEADER grant.

HEDGEROW CUTTING DEROGATION

Farmers are able to apply to the RPA for a derogation from the Cross Compliance hedge cutting ban which runs until 31st August if they are drilling oilseed rape or temporary grass adjacent to a hedge.  Please contact Cathy Hancock-Angell or Becky Meredith if you need help applying for the derogation.

 



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