Conversion of farm buildings without planning permission welcomed by CLA

barn conversion

The Housing Minister has extended the right to convert buildings without having to seek a full planning permission by allowing more options to convert existing farm buildings into family homes.

Tuesday, 20th March, 2018 1:41pm

By Helen Symes

Your chance to win £1,000 in countryside photo competition

photographers by richard heaven

The competition is open to the public and has a top prize of £1,000. It's aimed at showcasing the landscapes and people of the great British countryside.

Monday, 12th February, 2018 6:37pm

By Helen Symes

Impose public service obligation on ferry companies says IW CLA branch chairman

the solent

The first on the list of resolutions for the New Year is for the Isle of Wight Council or the Government to impose "some form of public service obligation on ferry companies or provide an alternative".

Friday, 22nd December, 2017 1:40pm

By Helen Symes with 5 readers' comments

Allow landowners to temporarily divert footpaths, say CLA

cows in field

Where there is a risk of harm to the public, dogs or livestock, landowners have called for a common-sense measure to allow them to divert footpaths on a temporary basis.

Friday, 17th November, 2017 6:54pm

By Helen Symes with 6 readers' comments

Rural heritage can be protected with co-operation of local authority, say CLA

old farm building

New guidance on the reuse, maintenance and repair of redundant farm buildings published by Historic England aims to help conserve the buildings through sustainable development.

Monday, 6th November, 2017 8:08am

By Helen Symes

Tougher penalties needed for fly-tipping, says CLA

flytipping in countryside

The CLA says that private landowners are fed up of clearing away other people’s rubbish and paying for the privilege and call for tougher penalties on flytippers.

Tuesday, 5th September, 2017 8:11am

By Helen Symes with one comment

Public backs call for continued investment in the countryside says CLA


Polling company YouGov surveyed more than 1,500 people for the CLA - which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses - to highlight public support for continued investment in the countryside post-Brexit.

Thursday, 3rd August, 2017 6:04pm

By Helen Symes

CLA welcomes new farm productivity and broadband grant schemes


For some, especially in farming, upgrading equipment and processes to drive efficiency, reduce costs and increase standards will be the key say the CLA.

Monday, 31st July, 2017 6:31pm

By Helen Symes with one comment

Landowners and planners could hold key to ending rural housing crisis


The CLA say nearly two thirds of rural landowners in South East would build new homes if they had more confidence in the attitudes and processes of local planning authorities.

Wednesday, 5th July, 2017 7:54am

By Helen Symes with 3 readers' comments

The working countryside should be ‘a vital national priority’ say CLA

Children and Cows

The Isle of Wight Show will be an important opportunity for the CLA to press home the countryside matters message and encourage the public to back the campaign

Tuesday, 20th June, 2017 3:57pm

By Helen Symes

CLA sets out red lines for food and farming in UK/EU trade deal

eu trade deal cla

The CLA has set out the red lines which must not be crossed to secure the best possible trade deal for UK food and farming ahead of Article 50 being triggered on 29th March.

Monday, 20th March, 2017 11:56am

By Helen Symes with 4 readers' comments

Limited ‘rates help’ insufficient for thousands of rural businesses say CLA

money and calculator

The CLA say the interventions by the Chancellor in his Budget are limited and leave thousands of rural businesses facing unaffordable rates hikes from 1 April.

Thursday, 9th March, 2017 8:24am

By Helen Symes with one comment