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  • North East Marine Plan Iteration 3 Engagement

    The North East Marine Plan policies have been developed with supporting text covering the What, Where, When, Why, Who and How to implement. These policies are also supported by a signposting section which sets out relevant legislation, policy, cross border planning requirements and other... More
    Opened 1 month ago
  • Proposal to remove Allonby South from the list of designated bathing waters

    The Bathing Water Regulations protect bathers' health at popular beaches and inland waters by requiring water quality to be monitored for intestinal enterococci and E.coli during the bathing season, which in England runs from 15 May to 30 September. The Regulations apply to waters that are used... More
    Opened 1 month ago
  • Improving our management of water in the environment

    We have seen a significant improvement in the water environment and in resilience to flood and drought in recent years. In 2018, 97.9% of bathing waters passed minimum quality standards with 92.4% of these achieving the highest standards of Good or Excellent status. The number of serious... More
    Opened 1 month ago
  • Oridge Street Meadows SSSI

    Oridge Street Meadows is located west of the River Severn in Gloucestershire. It is notified on 10 January 2019 as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) as the best example of species-rich lowland meadow grassland in this area. It covers an area of 2.62 ha. You can submit your views via... More
    Opened 1 month ago
  • Consultation on Protecting and Enhancing England’s Trees and Woodlands

    This consultation seeks views on the UK government’s proposals to introduce four new measures designed to increase transparency and accountability in the process of felling street trees and to strengthen the Forestry Commission’s power to tackle illegal tree felling. Two of... More
    Opened 2 months ago
  • Consultation on the proposal to extend the Single-use Plastic bag charge to all retailers and to increase the minimum charge to 10p

    The purpose of this consultation is to find out what you think about our plans to extend the Single-use Carrier Bag Charge to all retailers. We also want to know what you think about increasing the minimum charge to 10p. These changes will build on the success of the... More
    Opened 2 months ago
  • Landscapes Review: Call for Evidence

    The Government has asked for an independent review of England's National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs). You can find more about the work of the review and our Terms of Reference . Already the review team, led by Julian Glover and a panel with a range of experiences and... More
    Closed 2 months ago
  • Consultation on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (Amendment) Regulations - Regulatory Triage Assessment

    The 2013 Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations (‘the 2013 WEEE Regulations’) implement the requirements of the WEEE Directive (2012/19/EU). In particular, they ensure that producers of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) finance the cost of collection,... More
    Closed 2 months ago
  • Consultation on proposed amendments to regulations on the use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment.

    Seeking views on updating the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances (RoHS) in electrical and electronic equipment regulations to bring the amended EU directive 2017/2102 into UK law. If you would like to keep in contact with us to express interest in this, or... More
    Closed 3 months ago
  • Food labelling: amending laws

    Introduction On 23 June 2016, the EU referendum took place and the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. Government intervention in food information to consumers is necessary to correct retained EU law that will be incorporated into domestic law by the Withdrawal... More
    Closed 3 months ago
  • Consultation on proposals to ban the distribution and/or sale of plastic straws, plastic - stemmed cotton buds and plastic drink stirrers in England.

    The purpose of this consultation is to gather views from stakeholders on the proposals to ban the distribution and/or sale of plastic straws, plastic - stemmed cotton buds and plastic drink stirrers in England. The proposed ban aims to further protect the environment from plastic pollution. More
    Closed 3 months ago
  • Teesmouth and Cleveland Coast SSSI, SPA and Ramsar site

    Natural England has reviewed the suite of nature conservation designations in the Teesmouth and Cleveland Coast area, including seven Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and the Teesmouth and Cleveland Coast Special Protection Area (SPA) and Ramsar Site. We have now notified an... More
    Closed 3 months ago
  • Teesmouth and Cleveland Coast SPA, Ramsar Site and SSSI

    Natural England has reviewed the suite of nature conservation designations in the Teesmouth and Cleveland Coast area, including seven Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and the Teesmouth and Cleveland Coast Special Protection Area (SPA) and Ramsar Site. We have now notified an... More
    Closed 3 months ago
  • Consultation on WEEE Compliance Fee Methodology 2018

    The UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations 2013 establish a system in which producers of equipment are required to finance the cost of collection, treatment, recovery and recycling of WEEE arising from private households. The WEEE Regulations establish a system of annual... More
    Closed 3 months ago
  • Open access restriction at West Dart River Valley (case number 2005050806)

    Dartmoor 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... More
    Closed 3 months ago
  • Consultation on Draft Noise Action Plans, October 2018

    The Environmental Noise Directive (END) requires, on a five yearly cycle, the production of strategic noise maps, the preparation of Action Plans based on the results of the noise mapping, and consultation with the public on the contents of these Action Plans. The Action Plans are designed to... More
    Closed 3 months ago
  • Consultation on the Introduction of Inshore Vessel Monitoring Systems for all licensed British fishing boats under 12 metres in length operating in English waters

    Defra are seeking your views on the introduction of Inshore Vessel Monitoring Systems for all licensed British fishing boats under 12 metres in length operating in English waters. This consultation seeks to gain public views on the proposal to introduce Inshore Vessel Monitoring Systems (I-VMS)... More
    Closed 3 months ago
  • Consultation on amending domestic food legislation

    1. Introduction Defra wishes to consult on certain amendments to food legislation, which are required to ensure that a range of provisions can continue to operate after the UK has left the EU. The amendments would apply to certain England-only regulations (although... More
    Closed 3 months ago
  • Open access restriction at Coacher Cleugh (case number 2017128571)

    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... More
    Closed 3 months ago
  • Request for Views on the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

    The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is a UK statutory levy body, funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain. It delivers some important services to various industry sectors and parts of the UK. We are seeking your views to help us... More
    Closed 3 months ago
  • Air Quality - Identification of taxi and private hire vehicles entering charging Clean Air Zones

    We want to know what you think about our solution to identify taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs) entering or moving within a Clean Air Zone. This will require local authorities in England and Wales to share certain details on licensed taxis and PHVs to a central database. A Clean Air Zone is... More
    Closed 4 months ago
  • Consultation on improved enforcement of the Protected Food Name Scheme

    This consultation seeks your views on proposals by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to introduce regulations which will provide proportionate and effective enforcement for the Protected Food Names scheme in the form of civil sanctions. The proposed regulations will also... More
    Closed 4 months ago
  • Consultation on establishing UK Geographical Indications (GI) schemes after exit

    This consultation sets out the proposals for the new UK GI schemes, which will bring the existing EU GI regulations into UK law via the Withdrawal Act. This covers the four separate GI schemes for; agri-food products, wines, aromatised wines and spirit drinks. This mechanism for bringing the... More
    Closed 4 months ago
  • Langdon Ridge SSSI

    Langdon Ridge is located in Essex and is notified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) 29 June 2018 for diverse mosaic of semi-natural habitats, including unimproved grasslands, broad-leaved woodlands, mature scrub, and species-rich hedgerows. You can submit your views via an online... More
    Closed 4 months ago
  • Consultation on cleaner domestic burning of solid fuels and wood

    The Clean Air Strategy states that air pollution is the top environmental risk to human health in the UK. We often think of air pollution as being caused by transport or industrial level burning of fossil fuels. Now that the emissions from these sources has decreased, the... More
    Closed 4 months ago
  • Open access restriction at Severn Wells Down (case number 2008100061)

    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 4 months ago
  • 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)... More
    Closed 4 months ago
  • Open access restriction at Godrevy, Cornwall (case number 2018078720)

    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 4 months ago
  • Call for Evidence: Brake, Tyre and Road Surface Wear

    The priority for air quality has been to address exceedances in nitrogen dioxide legal limits, due primarily to emissions of nitrogen oxides from road traffic. These emissions have been decreasing since 2010 but more remains to be done and the UK has ambitious targets in place to reduce... More
    Closed 5 months ago
  • Lazy Meadow SSSI

    On 24 May 2018 Natural England notified Lazy Meadow as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Lazy Meadow SSSI is located in Worcestershire and is the only known high quality example of nationally rare species-rich floodplain grassland remaining within the Vale of Evesham. You can... More
    Closed 5 months ago
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