The person concerned was accepted into the REP scheme on 1 December 1995 and received a first year payment on 5 December 1995. His spouse subsequently submitted a separate REPS application on land which she had leased from her husband.
The REP scheme conditions specfically prevent the creation of holdings to draw down or increase payments under the scheme. The applicants were informed on 9 June 1998 that as all lands being farmed were considered to be one unit they should be incorporated into one agri-environmental plan. The person named above was also requested to include in this plan land previously not declared by him for REPS.
Subsequently, further documentation submitted by the applicants was examined by officials of my Department but was found not to constitute evidence of separate management. Pending the receipt of a revised plan, no further payment can be considered.