RP15: Concrete yard renewal

Find out about eligibility and requirements for the concrete yard renewal item.

How much will be paid

£27.14 per square metre.   

Where to use this item

Available for Mid Tier and Higher Tier


  • in areas targeted for the reduction of water pollution from agriculture
  • with support from a Catchment Sensitive Farming officer

Where this item cannot be used

  • on covered or indoor yards
  • manure, silage or slurry stores
  • areas housing livestock
  • on environmental, historic or archaeological features identified on the Farm Environment Record (FER), the Environmental Information Map or the HEFER

How this item will benefit the environment

It improves or upgrades existing outdoor (uncovered) yard drainage to reduce foul drainage volumes, runoff and risk of water pollution.


  • construct an upgraded concrete base so that silage effluent cannot escape
  • construct the base with concrete (a minimum of 150mm thick) on compacted and blinded hardcore that is at least 150mm thick
  • reinforce the concrete base to minimise cracking and distribute the loads exerted by livestock or farm vehicles
  • lay the concrete in bays and treat all joints with sealant that is resistant to effluent damage
  • only fully load the concrete when it achieves its design strength (equivalent to 28 day strength)
  • ensure that all work meets relevant British Standards - examine copies of the most up-to-date standards for guidance

Do not:

  • roof over (even at own expense) an outside yard receiving aid through this item

Keeping records

Agreement holders will need to keep the following records and supply them on request:

  • any consents or permissions connected with the work
  • receipted invoices, or bank statements where a receipted invoice is unavailable
  • please see the record keeping and inspection requirements as set out in the Mid Tier manual for more detail

Agreement holders will need to keep the following records and supply them with the claim:

  • photographs of the site during the different stages of construction or contracts, invoices or other documents confirming the technical specification for the completed works
  • photographs of the completed works in place and installed

Before applying, applicants must seek advice from the Local Planning Authority to check if consent is required to carry out the planned work. Applicants will have to send the following with their application:

  • a copy of any advice or consent received from the Local Planning Authority
  • photographs of the existing site
  • written support from a CSF officer

This item can be used on the same area as the following items:

Advice and suggestions for how to carry out this item

The following section gives advice on carrying out this item successfully but does not form part of the requirements for this item.

This item can be used:

  • in high traffic areas or in livestock movement and loafing areas
  • on uncovered outdoor yards made of concrete, hardcore, tarmac or bare earth
  • to reduce foul drainage volumes, runoff and risk of water pollution
  • to help separate clean and dirty water

Get more advice

More detailed information about using this item is available through Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF). Applicants may also be able to request an infrastructure audit or a slurry and manure handling plan.

Keep clean and dirty water separate

Foul or dirty water should not be allowed to contaminate clean water. Plan how to manage any additional runoff from the impermeable concrete area. Some restructuring of clean and dirty drains may be needed, which may include adding:

  • cross drains
  • catchpits
  • gulleys
  • kerbs
  • sleeping policemen

Further information

The Rivers Trust has further guidance on dirty water separation.

Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) operates in parts of the country where there are water quality issues linked to farming. The scheme provides farmers with free advice and training. See guidance for further information on CSF support

See the Mid Tier manual or Higher Tier manual to find out more about the scheme and how to apply.

Published 2 April 2015
Last updated 10 March 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated for 2017 applications.
  2. Information updated for applications in 2016
  3. First published.