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The Environmental Permitting Regulations

22 July 2016

Flood risk ‘activities’ replace the traditional flood defence consent process in a brand new legislative framework. 

What is the amended legislation:  The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2016 SI 2016/475
These Regulations amend the:  The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010
Who does this affect:  England and Wales
When does this change take place:  6th April 2016

This instrument provides for the regulation of “flood risk activities” within the Environmental Permitting framework, replacing the current “flood defence consent scheme”.  It is intended to reduce administrative burdens on applicants undertaking activities which require prior approval because they may impact on flood risk or flood risk management.  It enables the regulators (Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales) to concentrate their resources on higher risk activities.