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Does being in a nitrate pollution zone have an effect on development prospects of the land?

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Published on LexisPSL on 15/05/2017

The following Planning Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Does being in a nitrate pollution zone have an effect on development prospects of the land?
  • Nitrate pollution
  • Development of agricultural land

Research for this Q&A is limited to cover England and relates to development in agricultural areas.

Nitrate pollution

The Nitrates Directive requires controls on nitrates in farming. It aims to reduce water pollution from agricultural nitrates and prevent further pollution. It requires Member States to establish action programmes containing rules that apply in nitrate vulnerable zones (NVZs). Every four years, they must review both the areas that need to be designated as NVZs and the content of action programmes.

The current action programmes are contained in Parts 3–7 of the Nitrate Pollution Prevention Regulations 2015,

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