Environmental issues and agricultural land
Produced in partnership with Stephanie Kerr and Tim Champney of Argyll Environmental

The following Environment practice note produced in partnership with Stephanie Kerr and Tim Champney of Argyll Environmental provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Environmental issues and agricultural land
  • Developments
  • Sustainable farming plans
  • Agriculture Act 2020
  • Agri-Environmental Innovation
  • Catchment Sensitive Farming Programme
  • Increasing demand on agricultural land
  • Environmental risks associated with agricultural land
  • Historic contamination
  • Operational practices on farms
  • More...

Environmental issues and agricultural land

Developments

Sustainable farming plans

In November 2020, the Government published The Path to Sustainable Farming, its roadmap and sustainable farming plans from 2021, following the UK’s departure from the EU. These plans are the most significant change to farming and land management in England for many years The plans outline how the UK government will introduce a new system that is 'tailored in the interests of English farmers, centred on support that rewards farmers and land managers for sustainable farming practices.' The changes aim to ensure that by 2028, farmers in England can 'sustainably produce healthy food profitably without subsidy, whilst taking steps to improve the environment, improve animal health and welfare and reduce carbon emissions.' Included in the plans, is the removal of the Basic Payment Scheme and a move towards new policies designed with farmers, land managers and experts. For more information see LNB News 30/11/2020 35.

For more information on how Brexit affects agriculture and the environment, see Practice Note: Brexit—impact on environmental law — Agriculture

Agriculture Act 2020

On 11th November 2020 the Agriculture Act 2020 received Royal Assent. The Agriculture Act 2020 underpins a new agricultural system based on public money for public goods. It authorises expenditure for certain agricultural and other purposes and makes provision about direct payments, following the UK’s departure from the EU and about payments

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