BPS claimants who wish to sow Oilseed Rape and/or Temporary Grassland in August, and who need to be able to cut hedges in those fields before 1st September, must apply for a derogation in order to avoid breaching cross compliance requirement GAEC 7a Boundaries.

Applications must be made on paper or by email to the RPA.  They have set a 15 working day response target, and you must have received your written confirmation before the work can commence. So please apply early!

The correspondence to the RPA should be clearly marked ‘Cross compliance derogation’, and should contain the following information:

Claimant name and address   /   SBI number   /   Field reference numbers

Confirmation that you wish to sow oilseed rape and/or temporary grassland on these parcels in August

If you wish to cut both sides of a hedge, you will need to list both the relevant field numbers

and be sowing oilseed rape and/or temporary grassland in both fields.


All paper derogation requests need to go to:  Rural Payments Agency, PO Box 352, Worksop, S80 9FG.

The letter must be clearly marked ‘Cross Compliance derogation’.


Email requests must be sent to:  ruralpayments@defra.gsi.gov.uk and marked ‘Cross Compliance derogation’

Ensure emails are only sent from email addresses which are registered with RPA on rural payments online

and the person sending the email is registered to the business and has permission to act for the business.

Full guidance can be found in the Guide to Cross Compliance in England 2018

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