Consultation Hub

The site lists consultations that are run by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. On this site you can find, share or take part in consultations. Public participation is very important to the development of our policies so please have your say.

Open Consultations

  • Designation of an area of the River Wharfe at Ilkley as a bathing water

    The Bathing Water Regulations (S.I.2013/1675) ("the Regulations") define a bathing water as a surface water where "...the Secretary of State expects a large number of people to bathe, having regard in particular to past trends and any infrastructure or facilities provided, or other measures... More

    Closes 2 October 2020

  • Due diligence on forest risk commodities

    It is vital that the recovery from COVID-19 helps us to build a greener, fairer and more resilient global economy. Protecting precious forest environments is central to tackling climate change, ensuring that people have secure livelihoods, and protecting the natural systems on which we all... More

    Closes 5 October 2020

  • Consultation on the Waste Management Plan for England

    We are seeking views on a revised draft Waste Management Plan for England (the Plan). Under the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 the Government is required to review the Plan every 6 years. The content of the Plan is determined by the requirements of Schedule 1 to the Waste (England and... More

    Closes 15 October 2020

  • Updated UK Marine Strategy Part Two: marine monitoring

    Defra, the Northern Ireland Executive, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government are seeking views on the updated marine monitoring programmes for the state of the UK’s seas for each of the UK Marine Strategy descriptors. The consultation document sets out the... More

    Closes 17 November 2020

  • Sign-up for updates on Environmental Targets

    An important aspect of the Environment Bill is the power to set long-term, legally-binding environmental targets. Setting targets will provide a strong mechanism to deliver long-term environmental outcomes. This will build upon progress towards achieving the long-term vision of the 25 Year... More

    Closes 31 October 2022

Forthcoming Consultations

  • Open Access Restriction at Stower Hill (case number 2020079265)

    The Forestry Commission is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land at this site. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CRoW Act) gives a public right of access to land mapped as ‘open country’ (mountain, moor, heath and down) or registered common... More

    Opens 28 September 2020

  • Open Access Restriction at Wellhaugh (case number 2020089269)

    The Forestry Commission is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land at this site. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CRoW Act) gives a public right of access to land mapped as ‘open country’ (mountain, moor, heath and down) or registered common... More

    Opens 28 September 2020

Closed Consultations

  • Open access restriction at Turncliff Common (case number 2005020163)

    Natural England is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land at this site. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW Act) gives a public right of access to land mapped as ‘open country’ (mountain, moor, heath and down) or registered common land.... More

    Closed 22 September 2020

  • Open access restriction at Calderdale - Soyland Moor (case number 2005030003)

    Natural England is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land at this site. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW Act) gives a public right of access to land mapped as ‘open country’ (mountain, moor, heath and down) or registered common land.... More

    Closed 22 September 2020

  • Cydberthnasau contractiol yn niwydiant llaeth y DU

    Cynhelir yr ymgynghoriad hwn mewn ymateb i bryderon a godwyd bod cynhyrchwyr cynradd, gan gynnwys ffermwyr godro, yn tueddu i fod mewn sefyllfa gymharol wan ym marchnad y gadwyn cyflenwi bwyd. Y consensws ymhlith cynhyrchwyr amaethyddol y DU yw y gall y pŵer bargeinio anghyfartal â... More

    Closed 15 September 2020

  • Contractual relationships in the UK dairy industry

    This consultation is in response to concerns raised that primary producers, including dairy farmers, tend to occupy positions of relative market weakness in the food supply chain. Consensus among agricultural producers in the UK is that unequal bargaining power with processors and retailers... More

    Closed 15 September 2020

  • England Tree Strategy

    This consultation will inform a new England Tree Strategy which we will publish later this year. The strategy will set out policy priorities to deliver our ambitious tree planting programme. It will focus on expanding, protecting and improving our woodlands, and how trees and woodlands can... More

    Closed 11 September 2020

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We Asked

Natural England consulted with owner, occupiers and interested parties on the notification of Johnsons’ Meadows Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) on 31 January 2020.

You Said

The Johnsons’ Meadows SSSI notification was the subject of two withdrawn objections from owners and 26 representations which expressed support to the SSSI notification.

We Did

Following consideration of representations and withdrawn objections, Natural England approved the confirmation of Johnsons’ Meadows SSSI under delegated authority without modification.

 

We Asked

Natural England consulted with owners, occupiers and interested parties on the notification of Crime Rigg Quarry Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) on 18 October 2020.

You Said

Consultations closed on 18 February 2020.  No representations or objections have been received with respect to the:

  • Variation of the notification under Section 28A of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, to: rename the SSSI to reflect the current operating name of the quarry and the Geological Conservation Review (GCR) site name; include a revised list of operations requiring Natural England's consent; re-represent the features of interest described in the ciation; and re-represent the statement of Natural England's views about management of the SSSI.
  • Notification of additional land under Section 28B of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
  • Proposed de-notification of land that is not considered to be of special interest, under Section 28D of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

We Did

Natural England confirmed the additional land of Crime Rigg Quarry SSSI and de-notified the area no longer of Special Scientific Interest on 7 April 2020.

We Asked

Natural England consulted with owners, occupiers and interested parties on
the notification of Raisby Hill Quarry Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
on 18 October 2020.

You Said

Consultations closed on 18 February 2020. No representations or objections
have been received with respect to the:

  • Variation of the notification under Section 28A of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, include a revised list of operations requiring Natural England's consent; re-represent the features of special interest described in the ciation; and re-represent the statement of Natural England's views about management of the SSSI.
  • Notification of additional land under Section 28B of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
  • Proposed de-notification of land that is not considered to be of special interest, under Section 28D of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

 

We Did

Natural England confirmed the additional land of Raisby Hill Quarry SSSI and
de-notified the area no longer of Special Scientific Interest on 7 April 2020.