UK: Ending water abstraction licensing exemptions

Following consultation, Defra have confirmed they are ending licensing exemptions for significant water abstraction in England and Wales.

Applications for new licenses, managed by the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales, will open on 1 January 2018 with a two year window.

Consultation was held in 2009 and 2016. The changes to the exemptions aim to improve water resource management by making abstractors' rights to water fairer and protecting the water environment.

Further information including the consultation documents can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/water-abstraction-licensing-changes-to-exemptions-in-england-and-wales

Source: AHDB

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