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Cross Compliance Key Dates November 2018 - England & Wales 

1st - Annual inventory of sheep and goats must be completed. (SMR 8)





Kathryn Williams – On a farm this week to assist a client in claiming compensation for a mains water pipeline burst. If you have any issues with water pipelines please feel free to contact us for free advice on claiming compensation.

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Welsh Government Announces 1 year Extension to BPS

At the Royal Welsh Winter Fair the Welsh Government announced that there would be an additional year for Welsh farmers to be paid their full BPS payment, postponing the phasing out of the BPS system until 2021.

This means that BPS payments will remain unchanged for the 2019 and 2020 claim years.


Compensation claims system not easy says surveyor

The Welsh Assembly is investigating its compensation claim system for land and property affected by public works and called in the expertise of Shropshire land agent Philip Meade of Davis Meade Property Consultants at Oswestry to give evidence at the Senedd Economy Infrastructure and Skills Committee.

One of three panellists addressing the committee, Philip Meade was invited due to his extensive experience in recent years representing farmers and landowners affected by the Newtown bypass and other schemes. He also represented the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors of which he is a fellow.

The chairman of the Senedd committee Russell George asked the panel what they thought of the current Compulsory Purchase system in Wales. Philip Meade said from the claimants’ side of the fence all claimants need significant amounts of assistance professionally as there is a real minefield to deal with.

“Having been involved in the Newtown bypass the process of compulsory purchase can take three to four years and it is still not over when the bypass is finished as there will be at least another year of compensation claims,” he said.

“There will also be what is known as Part One claims for people who haven't lost land due to the bypass construction but were affected by the bypass, such as because it runs in front of their house, “ said Philip, who has represented farmers on several major road projects including the Anglesey A55 trunk road.

He said the compensation claim system was complex and difficult because the various parties have different goals: “The people building the road, the contractors, want it completed as quick as possible while claimants generally accept that it needs to be built, but with minimal disruption and disturbance.” he said “very often this is where the tensions arise”

The compensation rate payable to farmers and other property owners losing land is based on market value and often that does not feel sufficient or fair because market value assumes a willing seller.

“For example a farmer may lose, say, 20 acres in the middle of his farm and receive only agricultural value. No farmer would want to sell 20 acres in the middle of his farm yet the statute only allows for market value. There are also payments for severance but this rarely really puts the landowner back in the same position as he was before.

“There needs to be more understanding and a softer approach between parties,” he said.

Farmers who feel they aren’t being compensated sufficiently will want to appeal, yet there are also issues with the appeals procedure in that it is not easy.

“Landowners expectations are often higher than land value so they think they aren't getting what the land is worth and almost from the outset they will want to appeal , hoping to increase the value of the land, but once you get to the appeal process the cost and risk is prohibitive as the route at the moment is through the Upper Tribunal,” he said.

Mr Meade suggested that appeals would be more accessible if there was a Small Claim Court for Compulsory Purchase Orders: “A Small Claims Court for, say, claims under £20,000, would hoover up a lot of claim problems and allow claimants to argue their case in front of an unbiased forum and have their day in court,” he told the committee.

Although there is a system allowing land and property owners to claim professional fees for advice over compensations, there is no support when it comes to disputing a claim.

He suggested that other methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution could also be helpful and this can often be funded by both sides but at far less cost and risk than the Upper Tribunal.

The other two panellist at the committee on October 11 were Paul Wheeldon, County Surveyors Society, and Roisin Willmott, Royal Town Planning Institute.

For more information contact Philip Meade at DMPC, Oswestry on 01691 659658 or email


BPS 2018 greening and entitlement values set

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has confirmed the entitlement values and greening rates for Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2018 payments.

This follows the confirmation of the BPS exchange rate for payments this year (€1 = £0.89281). Payments will start to land in bank accounts from Monday, December 3.

Under BPS, farmers need to hold an entitlement for every hectare of eligible land they are claiming on. The size of farmers’ payments will depend on how many entitlements they use, supported by eligible land and the value of those entitlements.

The greening part of payments will be calculated by taking the number of entitlements that they have used with eligible land to claim payment and multiplying it by the greening value.

Entitlement values please click this link:…/bps-2018-greening-a…/

For advice contact Davis Meade Property Consultants on 01691 659658 or email or


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RPA Announces BPS 2018 payment rates.

The BPS 2018 exchange rate is: €1 = £0.89281.

Entitlement values for 2018

Payment region Entitlement value

• Non-SDA (Severely Disadvantaged area) €181.39

• SDA €180.00

• SDA moorland €49.09

Greening payment rates for 2018

Payment region Greening payment rate

• Non-SDA (Severely Disadvantaged area) €78.13

• SDA €77.53

• SDA moorland €21.14

Financial Discipline Mechanism Reimbursement

Each year the European Commission uses some of the BPS budget to create a ‘crisis reserve’. This is used to support the farming industry in times of crisis, such as disease outbreak. To do this - and to make sure that the overall European budget for BPS is not exceeded - a mechanism called ‘financial discipline’ is used. ‘Financial discipline’ means BPS payments across all Member States are reduced.

If the FDM funds have not been used to relieve a crisis, they are reimbursed to eligible farmers in the following scheme year. Farmers with a 2018 BPS claim worth more than €2,000 will receive a reimbursement from the 2017 FDM fund.

Payments will start from early October 2019. The payment is called ‘FDM reimbursement’ on the remittance advice, which is being sent after a payment is made.

The rate to use to calculate the reimbursement for 2018 is 1.411917%. RPA takes a farmer’s claim value, removes the first €2,000 and any reductions if they apply (but not cross compliance penalties), then multiplies this by 1.411917%. They take the resulting amount and remove any cross compliance penalties from it.


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