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  • Consultation on the Government’s Storm Overflow Discharge Reduction Plan

    Storm overflows are safety valves built into the combined sewer system to discharge excess sewage to rivers, lakes, or the sea when rainfall exceeds capacity. This protects properties from flooding and prevents sewage backing up into streets and homes during heavy storm events. A growing... More
    Opened 31 March 2022
  • Collecting suggestions for items that improve farm animal health and welfare

    We are seeking your input on the small grants offered as part of the Animal Health and Welfare Pathway! We have recently published an update which sets out each part of the Animal Health and Welfare Pathway. Through co-design with industry bodies, farmers, vets, welfare... More
    Opened 26 March 2022
  • Consultation on Reforms to the Packaging Waste Recycling Note (PRN) and Packaging Waste Export Recycling Note (PERN) System and Operator Approval

    The Government Response to the 2021 consultation on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) outlined our decision to retain the PRN/PERN system as an interim solution for managing payments for non-household packaging waste. This system was originally introduced under the 1997 Producer... More
    Opened 26 March 2022
  • Consultation on cat and dog microchipping legislation in England

    We are seeking your views on potential changes to microchipping legislation. This covers both the new mandatory cat microchipping requirements, as well as improvements to the current dog microchipping system so they work as effectively as possible in reuniting pets with their owners. ... More
    Opened 22 March 2022
  • 2030 Strategic Framework for International Climate and Nature Action

    The UK's 2030 Strategic Framework on International Climate and Nature Action will define the UK Government’s vision for our long-term role in the world tackling climate change and biodiversity loss. The 2030 Strategic Framework seeks to take an integrated approach to climate change... More
    Opened 21 March 2022
  • Open access restriction at Silence Mine (case number 2018088745)

    The Peak District National Park Authority 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... More
    Opened 18 March 2022
  • Nature Recovery Green Paper: Protected Sites and Species

    The proposals set out in this Green Paper support our ambitions to restore nature and halt the decline in species abundance by 2030. The Green Paper includes options to bring clarity and coherence to our framework for protected sites; to reform species protections; and to modernise... More
    Opened 16 March 2022
  • Open Access Restriction at Dings Rigg (case number 2022039551)

    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
    Opened 16 March 2022
  • Collecting suggestions for items that improve laying hen health and welfare

    As part of our future farming reforms we will be offering a range of capital grants to co-fund farmer investment in items that support improvements to productivity, animal health and welfare, and reduce environmental impacts. More details on these can be found in our Agriculture Transition Plan.... More
    Opened 23 February 2022
  • Collecting suggestions for items that improve beef cattle health and welfare

    As part of our future farming reforms we will be offering a range of capital grants to co-fund farmer investment in items that support improvements to productivity, animal health and welfare, and reduce environmental impacts. More details on these can be found in our Agriculture Transition Plan.... More
    Opened 23 February 2022
  • Collecting suggestions for items that improve meat chicken health and welfare

    As part of our future farming reforms we will be offering a range of capital grants to co-fund farmer investment in items that support improvements to productivity, animal health and welfare, and reduce environmental impacts. More details on these can be found in our Agriculture Transition Plan.... More
    Opened 23 February 2022
  • Collecting suggestions for items that improve dairy cattle health and welfare

    As part of our future farming reforms we will be offering a range of capital grants to co-fund farmer investment in items that support improvements to productivity, animal health and welfare, and reduce environmental impacts. More details on these can be found in our Agriculture Transition Plan.... More
    Opened 23 February 2022
  • Collecting suggestions for items that improve pig health and welfare

    As part of our future farming reforms we will be offering a range of capital grants to co-fund farmer investment in items that support improvements to productivity, animal health and welfare, and reduce environmental impacts. More details on these can be found in our Agriculture Transition Plan.... More
    Opened 23 February 2022
  • Collecting suggestions for items that improve sheep health and welfare

    As part of our future farming reforms we will be offering a range of capital grants to co-fund farmer investment in items that support improvements to productivity, animal health and welfare, and reduce environmental impacts. More details on these can be found in our Agriculture Transition Plan.... More
    Opened 23 February 2022
  • Open access restriction at Dersingham Bog National Nature Reserve (Dersingham Fen & Wolferton Fen) Case number 2006120055

    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
    Opened 19 February 2022
  • Consultation on Designation of Wolvercote Mill Stream 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
    Opened 9 February 2022
  • Consultation on Designation of East Cowes Esplanade 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
    Opened 9 February 2022
  • Open Access Restriction at Mount Common (case number 2021089466)

    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
    Opened 27 January 2022
  • Consultation on the reform of the waste carrier, broker, dealer registration system in England

    The current carriers, brokers and dealers (“CBD”) regime [1] requires any person or business that transports waste, buys and sells waste, or arranges the transportation of waste in England to be registered with the Environment Agency as a waste carrier, broker or dealer ... More
    Opened 21 January 2022
  • Introduction of mandatory digital waste tracking

    Over 200 million tonnes of waste is produced in the UK each year [1] but there is currently no single or comprehensive way of tracking it, with legislation relating to the transport, management and description of waste being introduced separately over the last 30 or so years. ... More
    Opened 21 January 2022
  • Consultation on the draft Joint Fisheries Statement (Ymgynghoriad ar y Cyd-ddatganiad drafft ar Bysgodfeydd)

    We are seeking your views on the draft Joint Fisheries Statement (JFS). It has been developed by the four UK fisheries policy authorities (the Secretary of State, the Scottish Ministers, the Welsh Ministers, and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern... More
    Opened 18 January 2022
  • Open access restriction at Chawley Manor (case numbers 2012026254) (2nd)

    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... More
    Opened 18 January 2022
  • Government response to the Landscapes Review

    Implementing some aspects of our response to the review will require changes to legislation, subject to securing parliamentary time. We are seeking public views on support for these proposed legislative changes, and their potential effects on different groups and interests. We are also interested... More
    Opened 15 January 2022
  • Consultation on Biodiversity Net Gain Regulations and Implementation

    We want to know what you think about how biodiversity net gain will work in practice. This consultation sets out our proposals and asks questions about how biodiversity net gain will be applied to Town and Country Planning Act development, and, at a higher level, Nationally Significant... More
    Opened 11 January 2022
  • Ending the retail sale of peat in horticulture in England and Wales

    We want to know what you think about our proposed measures to end the retail sale of peat in England and Wales. Peatlands are an iconic feature of our landscapes and the UK’s largest stores of carbon. They also provide vital ecosystem services including supplying UK drinking water,... More
    Opened 18 December 2021
  • Implementing due diligence on forest risk commodities

    We are consulting on the implementation of world-leading due diligence provisions in the Environment Act to help tackle illegal deforestation in UK supply chains. The UK Government introduced these provisions in November 2020 following widespread support to our previous public consultation. ... More
    Opened 3 December 2021
  • Open Access Restriction at Lazy Knowe (case number 2021109504)

    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
    Opened 24 November 2021
  • Open Access Restriction at Watch Grain (case number 2021109501)

    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
    Opened 22 November 2021
  • Call for evidence on commonly littered and problematic plastic items

    The Government is committed to leaving our environment in a better state than we found it and protecting it for future generations. The 25 Year Environment Plan, published in January 2018, outlines the steps we will take to achieve that, including eliminating avoidable plastic waste by 2042. ... More
    Opened 20 November 2021
  • Consultation on proposals to ban commonly littered single-use plastic items in England

    The Government is committed to leaving our environment in a better state than we found it and protecting it for future generations. The 25 Year Environment Plan, published in January 2018, outlines the steps we will take to achieve that, including eliminating avoidable plastic waste by 2042. ... More
    Opened 20 November 2021
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