RICS Rural Conference returned in Wales to provide a platform to learn about and discuss the latest developments that will affect the rural sector. While it will be some time before we know the full implications of Brexit, this event offered some a timely opportunity to consider what a favourable outcome from Brexit will look like and how to achieve this.
Sessions looked at Brexit and how this poses significant issues for environmental law in the UK. With housing delivery being one of the government’s priorities, it is important to recognise the need for bespoke housing policies for the rural sector. We explored rural housing challenges and what can rural housing associations do to increase the supply of homes. Further sessions took a closer look at the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards and impact on rural properties, rural planning update, the Digital Economy Act 2017 and implications for the rural sector and many more.
It’s about more than just a rural conference
Networking is a critical part of working in this sector, but as a busy professional it can be a struggle to find the time to do this effectively.
With this in mind, we've set aside time in the day to give you a chance to catch up with your peers and network with our expert panel of speakers.
On top of that, attending the event also gives you 5.5 hours of formal CPD to tick off against your annual 20-hour requirement.
Here's a sample of what the day involved
Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards and impact on rural properties
The new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards will come into effect from 1 April 2018. Discover what the new regulations state, exemptions that may apply and how to bring rural properties up to the required standards.
UK agricultural Sector
While there is a lot of speculation on how the rural sector will perform post Brexit, this session will provide an opportunity to engage in and contribute to a discussion on how a favourable outcome may look like and debate the need for Welsh specific policies while taking a look at the future of Welsh farming industry.
Don’t miss the opportunity to hear the latest tax updates from Saffery Champness, including an Inheritance tax and how to make tax digital.
Agricultural tenancy legal update
Gain a crucial legal update on the proposed model clauses in Wales and understand the new responsibilities for landlords and tenants. Listen to the latest agricultural case law updates and how the proposed changes to the telecommunications code are likely to impact your clients.
What are the key need-to-knows when it comes to financing a rural business? Listen to our speaker who explores the current market conditions and the criteria used by banks in decisions to lend to a rural business
What are ecosystem services and how can you make them work for your clients and the community? Our speaker will provide some interesting insights on ecosystem services and how this leads to sustainable land management.
Proposed changes to UK Red Book
This session will detail the key changes to the Red Book and who they affect your approach to undertaking valuations
Earlier in the year, the Cabinet Secretary for Environmental and Rural Affairs published a strengthened tuberculosis eradication programme. Discover this programme in more details and what regional measures are being taken to stop this disease from spreading.
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08:30 Registration and coffee
09:10 Chair’s Opening Remarks
Ryan Williams, Senior Consultant, McCartneys
09:15 Opening Keynote: UK agricultural sector
- Subsidy reforms beyond the CAP
- Towards Welsh specific policies?
- The future of the Welsh farming industry
Stephen James, President, NFU Cymru
10:00 Proposed changes to the UK Red Book
- Latest changes to the Red Book
- New structure for the Red Book
- UK National Chapter:
- UK scope, exceptions and departures
- UK application of Valuation Practice Statements 1 & 2
- Guidance on probate valuations
Ben Elder, Global Valuation Standards Director, RICS
10:40 Networking break
11:10 Taxation update
- Latest tax update
- Inheritance Tax (including Agricultural Property & Business Property Relief)
- Making tax digital
David Sedgwick, Senior Manager, Saffery Champness
11:50 Agricultural tenancy legal update
- Proposed Model Clauses in Wales – new responsibilities for tenant and landlords
- Section 47 & 48 notices – Landlord & Tenant Act 1987
- Updates on latest case law
- Digital Economy Act 2017 – changes to the telecommunications code
Vivienne Williams, Partner, Michelmores
13:30 RICS Policy Update
David Morgan, Policy Manager - Wales, RICS
13:45 Agricultural Finance
- Current market conditions and outlook
- Criteria on decision to lend
- Long terms and conditions
Andrew Connah, Regional Agricultural Manager, AMC
14:25 Ecosystem services
- Planning for ecosystem services
- Sustainable land management
- Making ecosystem work for your client and the community
- Case study
Mari Sibley, Principal Surveyor, Natural Resources Wales
Charles Cowap, Principal Lecturer, Harper Adams University
15:05 Networking break
15:35 Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards and impact on rural properties
- New 2018 regulations
- Exemptions that may apply
- Bringing properties up to the required standards: key need to know
- Challenges for listed and traditional buildings
Sam Parkes, Senior Lecturer in Rural Land Management, Royal Agricultural University
16:15 Bovine tuberculosis
- Current situation
- Management and control of bovine TB
- Welsh approach to TB eradication
16:55 Chair’s closing remarks
Ryan Williams, Senior Consultant, McCartneys