No bull: farmers and footpaths during the COVID-19 lockdown – Landmark Chambers

Posted May 7th, 2020 in agriculture, coronavirus, footpaths, news by sally

‘The relationship between those using public footpaths and those whose land is crossed by public footpaths is often one of an uneasy truce. Farmers know all too well the damage nuisance and fear which can be and is caused by walkers straying from public footpaths, by uncontrolled dogs and by failures to comply with the Countryside Code. On the other side of the coin, incidents such as unlawful obstructions on or the long-term ploughing of public footpaths are not unknown.’

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Landmark Chambers, 4th May 2020

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Agriculture Bill: “The chickens will win every time” – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 24th, 2020 in agriculture, bills, climate change, environmental protection, news, standards by sally

‘Good news from the crisis front, although I’m afraid not the one we’re all thinking of: the government’s Agriculture Bill, which sets out its major post-Brexit agricultural policy, has recently passed committee stage and will soon (coronavirus permitting) be presented to the House of Lords. It shows ambition from the government to develop a post-Brexit agriculture policy with laudable commitments to harnessing the power of farmers to help address the climate crisis, and helps to address issues such as food security. Along with the Environment Bill, discussed here, it constitutes some of the core legislation aimed at achieving the government’s Net Zero by 2050 goal.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd March 2020

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Actual Use, Lawful Use and Ancillary Use – when designating Assets of Community Value – Exchange Chambers

‘Towards the end of last year, the General Regulatory Chamber of the First-Tier Tribunal (‘FTT’) determined an appeal by the owner of a 46-acre greenfield site against the decision of the local authority, Winchester City Council, to list the land as an Asset of Community Value (‘ACV’).’

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Exchange Chambers, 12th February 2020

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Environmental Law News Update – Six Pump Court

‘In this latest Environmental Law News Update Christopher Badger considers a new report from the Committee on Climate Change, progress of the Agriculture Bill and a briefing paper from DEFRA putting plastic waste back on the agenda.’

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Six Pump Court, 28th January 2020

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Planning consent and community benefits – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Wind turbines can evoke strong feelings. To some they are vital and eye-catching sources of renewable energy. To others they are simply bird- and insect-destroying eyesores. But in granting planning consent, can a local authority have regard to a proposed annual donation to a local community fund? Would this be a material planning consideration? No, said the Supreme Court on 20 November in R (Wright) v Resilient Energy Severndale Ltd and Forest of Dean District Council [2019] UKSC 53. Lord Sales gave the judgment with which Lady Hale, Lord Reed, Lord Lloyd-Jones and Lord Thomas agreed.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 3rd January 2020

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New Act – legislation.gov.uk

Posted February 3rd, 2020 in agriculture, legislation by tracey

Direct Payments to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) Act 2020

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Environmental Law News Update – Six Pump Court

Posted January 29th, 2020 in agriculture, bills, climate change, environmental protection, news, waste by sally

‘In this latest Environmental Law News Update Christopher Badger considers a new report from the Committee on Climate Change, progress of the Agriculture Bill and a briefing paper from DEFRA putting plastic waste back on the agenda.’

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Six Pump Court, 28th January 2020

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Campaigners call for laws to back up farming standards assurances – The Guardian

Posted January 8th, 2020 in agriculture, animals, brexit, EC law, news, standards by sally

‘The government will move to reassure the public that Britain’s current high standards on animal welfare and farming will be maintained after Brexit with a pledge to ensure future trade deals live up to the values of farmers and consumers.’

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The Guardian, 8th January 2020

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Vegan activists banned by ASA from using poster which claimed eating meat is worse than all forms of transport – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 2nd, 2019 in advertising, agriculture, climate change, complaints, news, veganism by sally

‘A vegan poster campaign has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority for claiming that eating meat is worse for greenhouse gas emissions than all forms of transport.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th November 2019

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Rural crime in Britain hits seven-year high – The Guardian

Posted August 5th, 2019 in agriculture, gangs, insurance, news, statistics, theft by tracey

‘Rural crime has hit a seven-year high, costing the UK £50m in 2018, a report says. In its annual study of offences against farmers and rural businesses, the insurer NFU Mutual found rural crime in 2018 was up 12% on the previous year.’

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The Guardian, 5th August 2019

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UK accused of ‘silently eroding’ EU pesticide rules in Brexit laws – The Guardian

‘The UK has been accused of “silently eroding” key environmental and human health protections in the Brexit-inspired rush to convert thousands of pages of European Union pesticide policy into British law.’

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The Guardian, 12th June 2019

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Workshy dairy farmer son who ‘hates cows’ loses out on £1m inheritance – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 29th, 2018 in agriculture, families, news, wills by tracey

‘A dairy farmer’s workshy son who “hated the herd” and “made cows nervous” will be thrown out of his home after losing a High Court claim to inherit his parents’ £1million farm.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th November 2018

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MoD accused of ‘land grab’ for attempting to turn common land into Army firing range – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 14th, 2018 in agriculture, armed forces, commons, news by tracey

‘MoD accused of ‘land grab’ for attempting to turn common land into Army firing range.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th September 2018

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Nuisance by Knotweed – Jeremy Hyam QC – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 26th, 2018 in agriculture, appeals, human rights, news, nuisance by sally

‘Hancock’s curse, monkey fungus, elephant ears, pea shooters, donkey rhubarb are all (bizarre) English names for Fallopia japonica or Japanese knotweed. Although initially lauded for its beauty (it was so celebrated that in 1847 it was named by one Horticultural society as the ‘most interesting new ornamental plant of the year’) it is now well known as a fast growing and pernicious weed that is very difficult to eradicate. This is because it has a large underground network of roots (rhizomes). So bad is its destructive nature that since 2013 a seller of property is required to state whether Japanese knotweed is present on their property through a TA6 form – the property information form used for conveyancing.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 25th July 2018

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Preston free range egg fraud farmer to pay back £500,000 – BBC News

Posted June 21st, 2018 in agriculture, appeals, fraud, news, penalties, sentencing by tracey

‘A farmer who deliberately mislabelled barn eggs as pricier free range ones must pay back his £500,000 profits.’

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BBC News, 21st June 2018

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Environmental Law News Update – Six Pump Court

Posted December 8th, 2017 in agriculture, consultations, enforcement, environmental protection, news, planning by sally

‘In this latest Environmental Law News Update Christopher Badger and Charles Morgan consider the Environment Agency’s consultation on a new Enforcement and Sanctions Policy, an inquiry into Green Finance by the Environmental Audit Committee and new farming rules for water.’

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Six Pump Court, 4th December 2017

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Serious farm pollution breaches rise in UK – and many go unprosecuted – The Guardian

Posted August 22nd, 2017 in agriculture, news, pollution, prosecutions by sally

‘Serious pollution incidents in the UK from livestock farms are now a weekly occurrence, leading to damage to wildlife, fish, farm livestock and air and water pollution.’

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The Guardian, 21st August 2017

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‘Humane milk is a myth’ ad relaunched after ASA rejects farmers’ complaints – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 26th, 2017 in advertising, agriculture, animals, complaints, news by sally

‘A controversial animal rights advertising campaign that claims drinking milk is inhumane has been given the thumbs up by the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA).’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th July 2017

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Farmers in row with ASA after milk advert claiming dairy farms are ‘good for the land’ is banned for being misleading – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 7th, 2017 in advertising, agriculture, environmental protection, news by sally

‘Farmers have hit out at a ruling by the advertising watchdog that organic dairy farming is not “good for the land”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th June 2017

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Court orders farmer, 83, to pay £30,000 over Britain’s ‘most dangerous herd of cows’ that killed one rambler in spate of attacks – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 7th, 2016 in agriculture, animals, health & safety, news, sentencing, suspended sentences by tracey

‘An 83-year-old farmer who kept Britain’s “most dangerous” herd of cows ignored official warnings to control them before they attacked and killed a retired professor.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th December 2016

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