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CLA membership benefits

PUBLISHED: 10:39 19 July 2012 | UPDATED: 22:03 21 February 2013

CLA membership provides you with the knowledge and expertise to help you recognise all the opportunities and avoid the pitfalls as a responsible owner...

Benefits to rural landowners

CLA membership provides you with the knowledge and expertise to help you recognise all the opportunities and avoid the pitfalls as a responsible landowner.

Our membership provides essential support to all types of landowner Do you own a country house with just a few acres? Do you own woodland or run a smallholding? Do you farm on a small or large scale, whether actively managing your land or leasing it to tenants? Are you an estate owner with your own diversified business streams or do you manage land on behalf of an institution?

Benefits to rural business owners

Membership of the CLA gives you access to a network of key landowning and rural communities throughout England and Wales. In addition, we provide you with free advice on all general aspects of rural legislation, so you can take advantage of opportunities as they arise.

Whether you run an enterprise which is connected to the land or simply provide products to the rural community, find out how the CLA can help your business.

Benefits to professionals working in the rural community

CLA membership can benefit you as a professional to provide a more effective and cost efficient service to your clients whilst enabling you to market your own business more effectively across the whole rural economy.

Whether you are a sole practitioner, a partner in a rural practice or large national firm, there are

many reasons why you should become a professional member of the CLA.

The CLA has warned that allowing communities to register privately owned playing fields or village halls as a "community asset" would jeopardise the long-established philanthropy of rural landowners.

The Association said although the Government had tried to minimise the impact of proposals for Assets of Community Value under the Localism Act 2011 for owners of privately owned land and buildings, regulations surrounding the Community Right to Bid would make the owner think twice about continuing to permit philanthropic community use.

CLA President Harry Cotterell said: "We have opposed the proposals relating to Assets of Community Value since the Localism Bill was first published because the Government did not consult on the merits of the proposal. CLA members and other landowners provide a multitude of privately owned assets for rural communities, very often at peppercorn or no rents, and until now without any interference.

"I am pleased the Government took the time to listen to our concerns and the expert advice we provided on how private property rights would be affected but the proposals still jeopardise the philanthropy of rural landowners. Statutory legislation is being introduced to deliver what already happens in rural areas and has done for hundreds of years."

Mr Cotterell explained that private owners of a community asset object to listing because it means they lose the right to sell at a time or to a person of their choosing which may cause difficulties with business planning or if the need occurs to sell an asset quickly to raise funds.

He said: "We will be checking carefully to ensure the Government's regulations preserve the goodwill of landowners who provide privately owned assets to their communities."

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