The way the Rural Payments Agency deals with mapping has changed. BPS claimants will no longer receive paper RPA maps. Instead, they are now able to go online to view landscape features on their land for Greening/EFA purposes using the RPA's online mapping system.

In 2017, the RPA carried out the Proactive Land Change Detection (PLCD) mapping update exercise and this was completed on 7th January 2018. All mapping changes should now have been published on the online maps on the Rural Payments service website.

Many land owners have noticed that some changes now show incorrect land features. At present, the only way to reverse an incorrect PLCD mapping update is to submit an RLE1 form with a 'PLCD query', however this is creating a lot of unnecessary, additional work. It is not clear yet whether the RPA will be able to process all of the RLE1 forms before the 2018 BPS Application deadline, which could cause further complications with future claims. The Central Association of Agricultural Valuers are currently working with the RPA to see if there is the potential for a faster, streamlined process for rectifying incorrect PLCD mapping instead of spending time completing and submitting RLE1s. If you notice an error with your online maps, please contact a member of the agricultural team for advice on how to deal with the issue.

At Moore Allen & Innocent, we can help you to build your land profile and assist you with classifying land, transferring land parcels, amending parcel boundaries and identifying land features. We can also assist with identifying land for Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs) with up to date and accurate mapping data.

We can also provide you with detailed customised plans of your land using our digital mapping service. We have recently invested in Pear Technology, an advanced mapping system which allows us to overlay RPA data onto a wider farm plan. These plans can be produced on any size paper up to A1 or in pdf format. Plans can also be laminated – which clients have found to be extremely practical for use on the farm.

For further information on any aspect of digital mapping, please contact Amy McDonald (01285 648115).

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