RP2: Gateway relocation

Find out about eligibility and requirements for the gateway relocation item.

How much will be paid

£340 per gateway.

Where to use this item

Available for Mid Tier and Higher Tier

Only where all of the following apply:

  • in areas targeted for the reduction of water pollution from agriculture
  • where a gateway is acting as a conduit for water movement
  • to move gateways associated with farm machinery or livestock

Where this item cannot be used

Without relevant advice or consent if the existing or new gateway provides access to:

  • a historic routeway
  • a Public Right of Way
  • a highway
  • a byway open to all traffic (BOAT)

How this item will benefit the environment

This item will move the gateway to a suitable location where it will not act as a pathway for water runoff. This will prevent polluted surface water from leaving fields through gateways and help to reduce risk of soil erosion and diffuse pollution.


  • leave the existing gate posts where they are, keeping any existing stone or slate posts that are traditional landscape or historic features
  • re-route the existing trackways associated with the gateway and make good the disused sections
  • gap up the old gateway using materials that match the character of the rest of the boundary
  • use new hanging and shutting posts in the new gateway
  • all capital works carried out must meet the relevant British Standards - examine copies of the most up-to-date standards for guidance

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 completed work
  • consents and/or advice for works if required

Applicants will have to send the following with their application:

  • photographs of the site before the work takes place
  • written advice from a historic environment specialist if the gateway is on a historic routeway
  • a copy of advice and consents from the local planning authority if the new gateway provides access to public highways, or byways open to all traffic
  • a copy of advice or consent from the Highways Authority if a public right of way passes through the existing or new gateway

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.

How to reduce surface water flows

Applicants may need to carry out other work to reduce surface water runoff, including:

  • relieving compaction
  • cultivating crops across slopes
  • using temporary water storage areas to capture surface flows
  • positioning new trackways where they do not attract surface water flows
  • positioning cross-drains along the track if new trackways cannot be created

How to maintain the local character

Restore the old gateway so that it blends in with the rest of the boundary. For example, new hedging should match the species mix of the existing hedge.

Further information

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.