Natural England have recently announced that the Higher Tier deadline for initial application has been extended:
Countryside Stewardship Higher Tier 2016 – application extension agreed
Following feedback from a number of stakeholders, and after significant interest, we are extending the deadline for submitting Higher Tier applications by 2 weeks, until Monday 16th May. The last date for requesting an application pack will be the 30th April. This means that HT applicants will now be told whether their application has been successful or not from Friday 17 June.
Further information on the scheme can be found on the Gov.uk website here