On Wednesday 24 June 2020, Defra reopened the Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme policy discussion document, after the initial request for views was paused in early April due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The document sets out Defra’s initial thinking for ELM scheme design, providing an update on progress and an overview of high level design options that will be refined over 2020. The document does not set out the detailed delivery arrangements for ELM. It does, however, pose key questions to stakeholders on which Defra would like to collect views and evidence.
The response will help to inform the detailed scheme design for both the the National Pilot (due to start in late 2021) and for the start of the ELM scheme in 2024. This is not a formal consultation but it is an important opportunity to comment and share the views of the forestry sector. It is therefore strongly encouraged that you respond to Defra directly by 31 July 2020.
Lockhart Garratt have been involved in preparing the documentation for this discussions and looks forward to providing our views in due course.