Rural Payments Agency (RPA) and the Rural Land Register is currently undertaking another re-mapping exercise of every land holding in the UK. And they are requesting responses to the pack within 28 days of receipt, with possible delays in SPS payments at stake, attention should be given to the pack at the earliest opportunity, reports Andrew Pinny of George F White.
The update involves:
- Mapping of new physical features such as roads, new buildings, ponds, woodlands etc.
- Updating of mapping protocol, i.e. getting land parcels mapped to permanent physical boundaries.
- Mapping of permanent ineligible features like ponds and metalled tracks.
The Rural Payments Agency is due to send every land owner in the country a ‘mapping pack’. Many Northumberland holdings will have already received this pack which should contain the following information:
- A Covering Letter detailing what each applicant needs to do
- A RLR Mapping Update Reply Form
- Maps detailing the revised boundaries being proposed
- An RMU1 Form to correct the maps along with guidance booklet
- A Stamped addressed envelope
So when you receive your pack, what should you do? Andrew gives some useful pointers below:
1. Check your new maps vigorously against existing plans and note any differences.
2. If you are fortunate not to have any anomalies the advice is to complete the RLR Mapping Update Form and return in the stamped addressed envelope as soon as possible.
3. Should you find differences follow the guidance booklet and mark the differences on the form RMU1 and return, care should be taken during this process to ensure the information entered is correct. Mistakes are likely to cause delays in processing.
4. Over the last year the RPA have been requesting that woodland parcels should be registered and although this process may not be possible during this round of mapping, it may be an opportunity to establish whether woodland parcels are or are not mapped allowing mapping of these in the future. This process does however give rise to the opportunity to register other features such as ponds, areas of scrub land, shelter belts, paddocks, a full list of features in Annex 2 of the guidance booklet.
5. The information gathered from the exercise will be used by the RPA in 2010 SPS application forms and the forthcoming Uplands Entry Level Stewardship Scheme application packs as well as other RDPE schemes so accurate maps will make the above applications more straightforward.
“It’s really important that you check the accuracy of these plans as it will be the base for future subsidy claim forms. Please do not just ignore them! “ says Andrew.
George F. White has offices in Alnwick and Tyne Valley in Northumberland, Wolsingham and Barnard Castle in County Durham, Bedale in North Yorkshire and Park Lane in London www.georgefwhite.co.uk.
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