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Richard Glanville

Environment Agency deadline to upgrade or replace existing septic tanks that discharge to surface waters in England

Posted by Richard Glanville on October 28th 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS , COMMERCIAL PROPERTY , MOVING HOUSE .

Septic tanks that discharge to surface waters in England should be upgraded or replaced by 1 January 2020.

The Environment Agency (EA) state that options for upgrading or replacing include:

  • Connection to mains sewer (where available).
  • Installation of a drainage field to discharge to ground instead.
  • Replacing the septic tank with a small sewage...

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Mark Carlisle

Natural England licenses 11 new badger control areas in 2019

Posted by Mark Carlisle on September 30th 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

Natural England has licensed and authorised 11 new badger control areas to begin operations within High Risk and Edge areas of England from autumn 2019. It has also authorised the licence holders to resume operations in 29 existing badger control areas in 2019.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs...

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Mark Carlisle

The Shute Festival 2019

Posted by Mark Carlisle on September 25th 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

Beviss & Beckingsale are delighted to support the Shute Festival which was established in 2016 to bring inspirational speakers to this beautiful part of East Devon.  In addition to talks, visitors have also enjoyed film showings and music events, as well as food cooked by local chefs served in the village school.

All...

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Mark Carlisle

Sheep farmer granted restraining order against vegan activist

Posted by Mark Carlisle on September 25th 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

A sheep farmer in Devon has been granted a restraining order at Poole Magistrates' Court against a woman who describes herself as a "militant vegan". The woman harassed the farmer for eight months following his creation of a social media page to celebrate British agriculture. She was found guilty of...

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Emma Northover

Forced to Sell the Farm – Proprietary Estoppel

Posted by Emma Northover on September 23rd 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS , DISPUTES AND CLAIMS .

The recent cases on Proprietary Estoppel have once again brought this unusual topic into the news.  In these recent cases, the Courts have upheld claims by children of farmers and awarded them significant interests in the farms. 

In the first case, the Court of Appeal upheld the Judge’s decision to award...

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Mark Carlisle

Site of Special Scientific Interest prosecution action taken by Natural England

Posted by Mark Carlisle on August 30th 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

Natural England have acted to prosecute a farmer for damage to a SSSI

The farmer had created a track, undertaken significant earthworks and felled and removed trees and vegetation. The actions damaged the woodland, mire and physiographic features of the SSSI. The farmer pleaded guilty to three charges under the Wildlife...

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