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The Path to Sustainable Farming: An Agricultural Transition Plan 2021 to 2024

16 March 2023 at 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM / East Midlands /
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Date
16 March 2023 at 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
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Organiser
RTPI East Midlands | [email protected]

 

Agricultural land contributes over 75% of the total landscape in England and is the predominant land use in the East Midlands.  There are no true areas of wilderness in the UK and every square meter of land here has been worked at some point in its recent history.  Agriculture is valued at over £180bn per year and employs around 20% of the total workforce. 

On 1 January 2021 the government introduced its flagship policy to renew the agricultural sector enabling it to produce healthy food for consumption at home and abroad, to ensure that farms can be profitable and economically sustainable without subsidy and to ensure that farming and the countryside contribute significantly to environmental goals that directly address climate change.

All of the ATP outcomes have an impact on land use and subsequently a requirement for planning.   Improvements in environmental and animal welfare outcomes for instance will require changes to the way the landscape looks whether this is from the introduction of new wooded or re-wetted landscapes.  Improving farm prosperity is intrinsically linked to productivity and food security but will require modern automated infrastructure at scale that in turn will fundamentally challenge our relationship with what we call the countryside.   Direct payments, including lump sums linked to public goods such as carbon sequestration, Biodiversity net gain, nutrient and water neutrality as well as for more traditional facilities such as access to the landscape and the maintenance of the historic and visual amenity of landscape will be required to carry significant weight in the planning process. 

This webinar is designed to introduce planners and those with an interest in planning and the farmed landscape to the modern economic realities of agriculture and some of the planning challenges that farmers face.