The Government’s legislative programme for the forthcoming year, which included a total of 13 new bills, was laid out in the Queen’s Speech on 3 December.

However, countryside lobby groups have said there is still apprehension concerning the lack of any compensation for affected landowners, the absence of any appeals process and questions over the assessment of the potential costs of the scheme. The Bill ignores the findings of Parliamentary watchdogs, such as the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee, which judged that landowners should be given a right to appeal if the coastal route crosses

their land and be offered compensation for financial loss. A spokesman for the Country Land & Business Association (CLA) told ST: “The Government clearly sees no need for an independent right of appeal despite recommendations in favour of it from prelegislative committees. In the draft Bill, there was no provision for compensation, even when loss could be proven. The CLA will be lobbying on these issues. Unless they are addressed, natural justice is at risk.”

The rest of this article appears in 11 December issue of Shooting Times.

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