The regulations cover two different types of project:
- Projects on uncultivated land, or semi-natural areas that increase its productivity for agriculture.
- The types of work covered will include:
- increasing levels of fertiliser or soil improvers
- sowing seed
- physically cultivating the soil (by ploughing, tine harrowing, rotovating etc)
- draining land
- clearing existing vegetation either physically or using herbicides.
- Projects that physically restructure rural land holdings. This includes:
- the addition or removal of field boundaries
- recontouring the land through addition, removal or redistribution of earth or other material.
There is a 35-day decision period for the authority to consider whether the project can proceed or will require consent. Consent will be necessary only if it is believed that the project is likely to have significant effects on the environment.
Inevitably, there is no shortage of bedtime reading on websites. This is the link to the Natural England website, and there are links to the related information for Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland at the bottom of the page.