Two really useful CPD events at Harper Adams

Two forthcoming events at Harper Adams University, Shropshire should be of great interest to practising rural surveyors, valuers and other rural land managers.  The first event sees us joined by Barry Denyer Green of Falcon Chambers for a question-time event on compulsory purchase.  The second is a new rural research conference being hosted at Harper Adams for the first time.

COMPULSORY PURCHASE QUESTION TIME WITH AN EXPERT PANEL: 9 MARCH 2018

  • Barry Denyer Green of Falcon Chambers
  • Roger Bedson of Hinson Parry
  • Philip Meade of Davis Meade Property Consultants
  • Charles Cowap, Harper Adams University (chairman)

When? Friday 9 March, buffet lunch 12.45 for 13.15, followed by Question Time event at 14.00 to 15.15 and followed by tea and biscuits
Who? Renowned authority, barrister Barry Denyer-Green PhD HonRICS, HS2 Petitioner and Regional Compulsory Purchase Association organiser Roger Bedson FRICS FAAV, Partner in Hinson Parry and Philip Meade FRICS ACIarb RICS Dispute Resolution Standards chair and highly experienced arbitrator
What? A question-time style session with our distinguished panel looking at the current state of compulsory purchase. After a few opening remarks from each panel member we will throw the discussion open to the floor. We invite you to send your questions in beforehand, but we will also be able to take some questions on the day as well, by email to cdcowap@harper-adams.ac.uk
Where? Harper Adams University, near Edgmond, Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB. Look out for the parking signs on the day.
Why? A unique opportunity to discuss the current state of our compulsory purchase code with leading authorities on the subject, and to network with fellow professionals with shared interests in this work.
How? Book and pay on the Harper Adams website at this link (or download a booking form from the same link) Cost £45+VAT (£54 including VAT) including lunch, parking and all refreshments.

RURAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE 18 APRIL 2018

This year’s programme covers a  wide range of topics including Farm tenancies, valuation, compulsory purchase, energy, health and safety, agricultural property relief, natural capital, professional negligence and others, all adding up to 6.5 hours CPD.  Latest information on the programme and booking details available on the Harper Adams website at this link.

And not forgetting the next in the Online Seminar Series with Syncskills if you prefer to update your CPD from the comfort of your office or home.  Next topic covers the role of trusts and trustees in the management of rural estates.  Between these three events you could easily cover all your CPD requirements for the year, efficiently and cost-effectively.

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Trustees and beneficiaries of rural estates: what you need to know and do

Many rural estates are held in trust, generally for reasons of long-term asset protection and security. Trustees carry a heavy burden of responsibility – heavier typically than a company director or shareholder. This online seminar will focus on the legal basis of these responsibilities and the practical measures through which they can be discharged. Essential learning for trustees, beneficiaries and all those – especially from the non-legal professions – who advise them or work for rural and other estates held in trust. The focus is on private family trusts although much of the material is equally relevant to charitable trustees.

This online seminar is the second in our new series for 2018.  Booking and other details can be found here.

Feedback on our first online seminar, on the General Data Protection Regulation, was excellent.  Seventy-two percent of respondents rated it 5/5 and the remaining 28% as four out of five.  Individual comments about the benefits of this approach were:

  • Concise yet informative
  • Simplicity and clarity
  • Clear presentation
  • Clear content, good discussion and engagement with questions
  • Good to follow clear and concise
  • Simple language!
  • Still in office but good interaction with other professionals
  • Ease of obtaining answers to specific questions.
  • Extremely useful overview covering the salient points to note and act on
  • Easy access to ask questions – smallish group
  • Succinct and relevant

Our current programme for the full year can be seen here.

And finally, a question: our first seminar on the General Data Protection Regulation which comes into effect on 25 May 2018 highlighted a lot of issues for rural property professionals and land managers.  Would you like another chance to catch up with this?  If so please let us know below.  If there’s enough interest we’ll see if we can run it again.

Names and addresses: beware!

Do you keep a note of names, addresses or telephone numbers?  No problem if this is entirely in a private and social capacity as you are exempt from the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into force on 25 May 2018.  But problems loom if this is in the course of your business, commercial or professional role.

Ask yourself this: can a living person be identified from the data you hold?  For example can you tie the person’s name to an email address or a telephone number?  If the answer is yes you almost certainly need to look at the General Data Protection Regulation.

All businesses must be prepared for the EU General Data Protection Regulations which will cover all personal data used and stored by business with very few exceptions. Penalties for infringement can be high, as much as £17 million or 4% of global turnover. The regulations come into force on 25 May so action is needed now. Continue reading “Names and addresses: beware!”

New: rural online cpd – #rubrief

I am very pleased to announce that I have formed a joint venture with Syncskills to offer a series of web-classes for rural professionals and managers.  These will run on occasional Fridays throughout the year and offer you an easy, affordable and accessible way to receive timely, focussed professional cpd at the comfort of your desk.

All the professional, legal and financial information you need to deliver the highest level of service to your clients:
• Affordable CPD from the comfort of your Office
• A monthly live online session on Friday morning
• A support community on Twitter and LinkedIn to ask questions
• Key points, easy to download and listen again at the end of each session
• No travel time and cost
• Small intereactive sessions to discuss real life challenges and concrete solutions
• Information and content exclusively designed for Rural Land Professionals including agricultural valuers, estate managers and owners.

Bookings are now open for the first class in the series, The General Data Protection Regulation which will affect all rural property professionals when it comes into effect on 25 May this year.  Book here.  Arrangements to protect client and other data need to be reviewed now and changes put in place before the regulation comes into effect.  Prices start at £32.93 for trainee surveyors and valuers with discounts against the full price for RICS, CAAV and CLA members.
Continue reading “New: rural online cpd – #rubrief”

Twenty-five year Environment Plan

The Natural Capital Committee has reported its recommendations for a 25-year Environment Plan.  There are five key sections to this important report:

  1. Vision, ambition and goals
  2. Investment needs
  3. Milestones
  4. Governance
  5. Agricultural subsidies post-Brexit

Twelve goals are offered; these include:

  • Breathable air that achieves international standards;
  • Flood protection by various means including natural flood management to protect everybody against a 0.5% probability of flooding:
  • All inland water to be of good status, and coastal waters all to be good for bathing;
  • Greenhouse gas emissions conforming to international targets, including emissions from land-based activities
  • Access to local greenspace and open recreation for all.  The following goals are suggested:
    • One hectare of local nature reserve per 1,000 people;
    • Two hectares of natural greenspace within 300 m of every home;
    • A 20 ha greenspace within 2 km of every home
    • No suggestion is made that the effect of this has been modelled and compared with the current state of provision.

Turning to investments the report proposes 11 items and these include:

  • 250,000 ha of woodland by 2040;
  • All peat to be in favourable condition;
  • Restoration of hydrological cycles including channel restoration and natural flood management measures;
  • New National Parks (no suggestions as to where);
  • Farm funding to be limited to public goods and high welfare standards;
  • Working closely with Local Nature Partnerships;
  • Developer contributions via planning etc to be pooled for natural capital investment;
  • An enhanced capacity for citizen action and involvement;
  • Natural Capital Net Gain principle which would apply to planning, environmental regulation and public procurement wherever possible;
  • Despite being referred to as investments, none of these are funded or compared with the status quo.

Five year milestones are proposed, which need to be supported by a natural capital risk register; accounting measures; cost benefit appraisal approaches and natural capital balance sheets.  Pp 8 and 9 of the report make particular mention of the private sector in this respect but do not expand on this point.

It is proposed that there should be a State of the Environment Report by 2019 and that this should be updated regularly.  For governance the committee propose that the 25 year Environment Plan should be placed on a statutory footing under the authority of a single organisation, with a separate independent body on the lines of the National Audit Office to report regularly on progress.

The final section is concerned with agricultural policy and is perhaps the vaguest part of the report.  Much is made of the examples of market orientated projects like South West Water’s involvement in Upstream Thinking.  Although the report claims that several water companies are involved in such schemes, this is the only example to be cited.  There are indeed other examples and it is a shame that the report does not address more fully the challenges in developing new thinking in this area compared with its more defined focus in earlier sections.

Perhaps on the other hand however, this should be welcomed by those of us who have spent a lifetime involved in day to day management of rural estates and farms as an opportunity still to bring practical common sense and hard-earned local knowledge to further deliberations on these matters.

This provides the perfect opportunity to finish on an event being organised by the Ecosystem Knowledge Network with the Tatton Estate and the Country Land and Business Association on Natural Capital for Rural Estate Professionals at the end of October.  The latest report from the Natural Capital Committee is an important step forward in defining our rural future – do come and join us to see how this might begin to look on the ground.