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  • Charging arrangements at government-run Border Control Posts

    Defra has developed a charging model to recover operating costs for government-run border control posts (BCPs) in England ahead of planned implementation of SPS checks on EU imports in January 2024. The legal basis for charging is Article 81(b) of the retained Official Control Regulations (OCR). Defra proposes administering a single Common User Charge: a flat rate levied on every SPS consignment (Plants and Plant Products (P&PP) and Animal Products) which is eligible for BCP... More
    Opened 12 June 2023
  • Storm Overflows Discharge Reduction Plan Consultation

    The government has set out its intention to ensure action is taken to address all storm overflows from water companies wholly or mainly in England. This follows an announcement from the Secretary of State on 20 February 2023 requiring individual action plans on all storm overflows, including coastal and estuarine overflows. We are now consulting further on the expansion of the Storm Overflow Discharge Reduction Plan to cover coastal and estuarine waters, which had not been specifically... More
    Opened 12 June 2023
  • Questionnaire: Animals & Animal Products Reg (2015, SI No. 787)

    The Animals and Animal Products Reg of 2015 (AAPR) is due a Post Implementation Review (PIR). This stage of the legislative lifecycle is mandatory after a set amount of time and provides an opportunity to review whether the legislation has met and continues to meet it's intended objectives, with opinions being sought from users and stakeholders. The AAPR is a legislative tool which enables the sampling of products of animal origin (POAO) to test for residues of prohibited substances,... More
    Opened 6 June 2023
  • Have your say: A new outline masterplan for the Animal and Plant Health Agency site on Woodham Lane, New Haw

    A new Master Outline Planning Application is being prepared for the world-leading Animal and Plant Health Agency’s (APHA) site off Woodham Lane, New Haw. This represents a significant Government investment and will safeguard and enhance the UK’s main facility protecting animal health and welfare. Over 1,000 people work at APHA’s site in New Haw which underpins our economy with billions of pounds of trade, whilst protecting public health and the welfare of animals. The Science... More
    Opened 5 June 2023
  • Call for Evidence: Near elimination of biodegradable waste disposal in landfill from 2028

    Climate change is one of the greatest global challenges and action is urgently needed. In 2019 we became the first major economy to set a legally binding target to achieve net zero by 2050. In 2021 the UK government published its Net Zero Strategy: Build Back Greener , becoming the first major economy to set a legally binding target to achieve net zero by 2050. The environmental impacts of biodegradable waste entering landfill are well known. In the absence of oxygen (below... More
    Opened 26 May 2023
  • Introducing penalty notices for animal health and welfare offences in England

    We are seeking your views on the government’s proposed implementation of penalty notices for animal health and welfare offences in England only. More
    Opened 25 May 2023
  • Smarter Regulation: Wine Reforms Consultation

    Leaving the European Union has given us a once-in-a-generation opportunity to review how we make and shape Great Britain's regulatory framework for food and drink. The current 400-page rulebook for wine is overly complex and bureaucratic. It blocks innovation in the wine sector, including banning practices that could help us reduce carbon emissions, increases production costs and reduces consumer choice. We want to make changes that ensure England and Wales continue to have a... More
    Opened 24 May 2023
  • Consultation on potential amendments to the PCBs Regulations for England and Wales

    We are seeking your views on a small number of proposed changes to the Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) Regulations for England and Wales. The amendments are being proposed in a draft Statutory Instrument (SI) which is available to view as part of this consultation. The purpose of the SI is to clarify four regulations where volumes of PCBs are referred to. The first regulation relates to a requirement to remove pieces of equipment containing PCBs by the end of 2025, the second relates... More
    Opened 19 May 2023
  • The importing, batch testing and batch releasing of veterinary medicines in Great Britain

    This consultation sets out proposals to update the regulations for batch testing and batch releasing of imported veterinary medicines. The Veterinary Medicines Regulations (VMR) were amended after EU Exit to reflect the UK’s independence from the EU. We now wish to improve the regulations (as they apply in Great Britain) and seek your views on the proposals. Changes will then form part of the wider changes to the VMR (see the separate consultation here , which closed on 31 March... More
    Opened 18 May 2023
  • Consultation on the draft revised Air Quality Strategy

    The Government recognises that there is more to do to protect people and the environment from the effects of air pollution, which is why we are taking significant and wide-ranging action to drive improvements to air quality. Effective action is needed at all levels and there is a key role for local government in identifying and targeting measures to improve air quality in their areas. The Air Quality Strategy sets out the actions the government expects local authorities to... More
    Opened 11 April 2023
  • Consultation on strengthening environmental civil sanctions

    Protecting our natural environment is a government priority. Strengthening regulations that enable polluters to be held to account is one piece of the wider plan in reducing pollution to protect biodiversity and the ecology of our rivers and seas. The government wants to strengthen the abilities of the Environment Agency (EA) to issue monetary penalties for environmental offences in England and to raise the cap for such penalties. This will involve: increasing the... More
    Opened 4 April 2023
  • Formal Consultation, Lyme Bay Potential Management Measures for Sole Fishery

    The MMO is consulting on potential new management measures for the sole fishery in Lyme Bay. This is in response to feedback from some fishers in Lyme Bay who have experienced competition for space and gear conflict. Some fishers also report a reduction in the amount and size of sole caught. The total available quota for sole in Area 7.e has more than doubled since 2015.  This allowed the MMO to increase the monthly catch limits for the non-sector, under-10m and over-10m fleets from... More
    Opened 29 March 2023
  • UK Call for Comments on POPRC Evaluation Documents 2023

    The UK is a party to the Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants (POPs), which are substances that persist in the environment, accumulate in living organisms and pose a risk to our health and the environment. There is a process for parties to propose a substance for listing in the Convention if they have gathered evidence that suggests it may be a POP. The POPs Review Committee (POPRC), the technical scientific committee of the Stockholm Convention, then considers and... More
    Opened 27 March 2023
  • Open access restriction at Chibburn Links (case number 2018038615)

    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. These areas are known as ‘open access land’. Much of the ‘coastal margin’ of the England Coast Path is also open access land under the same Act. Landowners have the right to apply to... More
    Opened 16 March 2023
  • Open access restriction at Blyth estuary mud flats (case number 2018038614)

    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. These areas are known as ‘open access land’. Much of the ‘coastal margin’ of the England Coast Path is also open access land under the same Act. Landowners have the right to apply to... More
    Opened 16 March 2023
  • Open access restriction at Silence Mine (case number 2018088745) 2023

    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 registered common land. These areas are known as ‘open access land’. Much of the ‘coastal margin’ of the England Coast Path is also open access land under the same Act. Landowners have the... More
    Opened 16 March 2023
  • Consultation on the proposal to remove Tunstall Beach from the list of bathing waters

    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 taken, to promote bathing at those waters." The objective of designating a beach or inland water as a bathing water is to protect bathers' health by monitoring for intestinal enterococci and E.coli in... More
    Opened 10 March 2023
  • Consultation on Designation of 4 Sites as Bathing Waters

    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 taken, to promote bathing at those waters." The objective of designating a beach or inland water as a bathing water is to protect bathers' health by monitoring for intestinal enterococci and E.coli in the... More
    Opened 10 March 2023
  • Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Boundary Variation Project

    Natural England is the public body responsible for conserving and enhancing the natural environment in England. One of Natural England’s statutory duties is to decide whether an area should be given special status and protection by designating it as a National Park or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The purpose of AONB designation is to conserve and enhance an area’s natural beauty. AONBs are designated by Natural England using statutory powers in the Countryside and... More
    Opened 7 March 2023
  • Ymgynghoriad ar ofynion cofrestru arfaethedig pob ceidwad adar ym Mhrydain Fawr

    Rydym yn ceisio eich barn ar ein cynlluniau i'w gwneud yn orfodol i bob ceidwad [1] dofednod [2] ac adar caeth eraill [3] gofrestru ei aderyn/adar gyda'r Asiantaeth Iechyd Anifeiliaid a Phlanhigion. Ar hyn o bryd, mae'n orfodol i berson sy’n geidwad 50 neu ragor o ddofednod mewn unrhyw safle unigol gofrestru ei adar ar gofrestr dofednod Prydain Fawr drwy ddarparu gwybodaeth benodedig am yr adar. Mae'r wybodaeth ar y gofrestr dofednod yn bwysig i atal a rheoli brigiadau o achosion... More
    Opened 7 March 2023
  • Consultation on proposed registration requirements for all bird keepers in Great Britain

    We are seeking your views on our plans to make it compulsory for all poultry [1] and other captive bird [2] keepers [3] to register their bird(s) with the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA). It is currently mandatory for a person who is a keeper of 50 or more poultry at any single premises to register their birds on the Great Britain Poultry Register by providing specified information on the birds. The information on the poultry register is important in the prevention and control... More
    Opened 7 March 2023
  • Consultation on Spatial Management Measures for Industrial Sandeel Fishing

    Sandeels are integral to the marine ecosystem of the North Sea. They are highly sensitive to changing environmental conditions and the increased effects of climate change can negatively impact the health of the North Sea sandeel stocks. This pressure combined with the continued removal of sandeels through industrial fishing methods risks further declines of threatened and vulnerable species in the wider marine environment, which rely on sandeels as a food source. Defra are considering new... More
    Opened 6 March 2023
  • Consultation on potential amendments to the Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Regulation

    We are seeking your views on a number of proposed changes to the retained Regulation (EU) 2019/1021 as amended by the Persistent Organic Pollutants (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 and the Persistent Organic Pollutants (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2022) (“POPs Regulation”). Some of the presented options and potential amendments to the POPs Regulation are related to recent additions or amendments to the UN’s Stockholm Convention on POPs which the... More
    Opened 2 March 2023
  • Open access restriction at Marshalling Yard (case number 2006030177) 2023

    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. These areas are known as ‘open access land’. Much of the ‘coastal margin’ of the England Coast Path is also open access land under the same Act. Landowners have the right to apply to... More
    Opened 1 March 2023
  • Consultation on the Fourth Round of the Climate Adaptation Reporting Power

    The Climate Change Act 2008 enables the Government to require infrastructure providers and bodies with functions ‘of a public nature’ to provide reports on how they manage climate risk, although this power has only been used to make mandatory directions in the first of the three previous rounds. Reports are expected to cover the following areas: the current and future projected impacts of climate change on their organisation; proposals for adapting to climate change; and,... More
    Opened 22 February 2023
  • Review of the Veterinary Medicines Regulations 2013

    This consultation sets out proposals to amend and supplement the Veterinary Medicines Regulations 2013 (VMR), as they apply in Great Britain. The VMR set out the controls on the marketing, manufacture, distribution, possession and administration of veterinary medicines in Great Britain. They are therefore a critical tool to help protect animal health, public health and the environment, by assuring the safety, quality and efficacy of medicines administered to animals. We have... More
    Opened 2 February 2023
  • Open access restriction at Moorcock Clay Pigeon Club Land (case number 2008060032)

    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. These areas are known as ‘open access land’. Much of the ‘coastal margin’ of the England Coast Path is also open access land under the same Act. Landowners have the right to apply to... More
    Opened 1 February 2023
  • Open access restriction at Trawden Clay Pigeon Club (case number 2008060031)

    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. These areas are known as ‘open access land’. Much of the ‘coastal margin’ of the England Coast Path is also open access land under the same Act. Landowners have the right to apply to... More
    Opened 1 February 2023
  • Open access restriction at Moorcock Clay Pigeon Club (case number 2008060006 outline)

    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. These areas are known as ‘open access land’. Much of the ‘coastal margin’ of the England Coast Path is also open access land under the same Act. Landowners have the right to apply to... More
    Opened 1 February 2023
  • Open access restriction at Waddington Fell (Mast Land) case number 2008060013

    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. These areas are known as ‘open access land’. Much of the ‘coastal margin’ of the England Coast Path is also open access land under the same Act. Landowners have the right to apply to... More
    Opened 1 February 2023
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