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Notifying you about digital mapping updates

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Mapping images in RP

We’ve been making updates to digital maps using the latest information available to us, including aerial photography and Ordnance Survey map updates.

If your digital maps have been updated using this information – this does not include land changes that you have told us about - you will have received a notification on the Rural Payments service in the ‘messages’ tab. From January 2018, if you have not opened these notifications, we will have sent you an email reminding you that you have notifications waiting to be read.

It’s important that you look at your notifications regularly and then check what may have changed on your digital maps. Guidance on what you need to do if you disagree with any of the changes will be available on GOV.UK when the BPS application window opens.

So that we can continue to contact you with important updates, please check that we hold your most up to date, and regularly used, email address in the Rural Payments service. If you need to, you can change your email address using the Rural Payments service.

What we are doing next

We’re introducing a simpler way for you to contact us and tell us about certain types of land changes. This won’t replace the RLE1 form, but will complement it as you’ll be able to make some changes by calling us.

We’ll publish more information about this on GOV.UK and let you know as soon as it’s available.

You can start to check your land and notifications now, before the BPS application window opens.

Sign in to Rural Payments and check your notifications now

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  1. Comment by peter tickle posted on

    Why o why do fields that have always been separate since the old days of IACS have to be merged. I need my boundaries to remain even if they have always been open ones. I now need to go and sort out RLE1 forms to re split parcels that were merged. Please ask(just send an email) before you think about doing this, it would save every one a huge amount of time.
    Thank you

  2. Comment by G Harcourt posted on

    You have been busy! However,
    Some fields that are obviously separate have been combined into larger areas (not a problem but unnecessary and more difficult on the BPS form as far as cropping and hedges are concerned)
    Previously corrected boundary errors have come back, meaning field sizes are wrong.
    There are some area re-designations that have happened - eg track has become road, PIF's have disappeared, woods have vanished!
    On the plus size, some errors have gone!
    Sadly, looks like more RLE1's and more work filling in the BPS application and difficulty trying to reconcile areas. So much for accuracy!

  3. Comment by Dave Breakwell posted on

    I have tried your new hedgerow map; most of my hedges and fence boundaries are mapped incorrectly. This seems to be because you used aireal photos taken in early autum when some fences are covered with greenery and odd places in hedges have lost leaves; both of these causeing misinterpritation. If this is a widespread problem should I ignore these maps untill you have come up with a solution. To avoid multiple LE1 forms.

    • Replies to Dave Breakwell>

      Comment by Rob Pocock posted on

      Hi Dave, The best thing to do is read the details about 'digital maps on Rural Payments' and the BPS 2018 scheme rules – if you ONLY claim for BPS and you don’t use the hedges for greening, for instance, it could mean you don’t need to send the RLE1 form(s).

      Have a read first.

      Digital mapping

      BPS 2018 Scheme rules