Development potential unlocked on River Mease

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Development potential unlocked on River Mease

August 2011

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Following two years of objections preventing development within the River Mease Catchment due to unacceptable phosphate (nutrient) levels, North West Leicestershire District Council has confirmed that alongside the Environment Agency and Natural England, a Water Quality Management Plan has been formally agreed, opening the gates for smaller developments of ten homes or under to be considered for planning approval.

The restriction has also covered small areas of the River Mease Catchment located within South Derbyshire District Council and Lichfield District Council.
 
Planning applications for developments with an impact equivalent to less than ten dwellings per submission will no longer result in an objection from either the Environment Agency or Natural England on the grounds of nutrient impact on the River Mease Special Area of Conservation (SAC). This is provided Severn Trent Water are able to confirm (for each respective development) that adequate consented capacity exists to accommodate waste water from the development at the relevant sewage treatment works.
 
The concerns of the Environment Agency and Natural England were also a major issue which restricted the progress of the Local Development Framework, used to determine the shape of the district over the next 15-20 years.
 
Larger scale developments, over ten dwellings, will require mitigation to be provided by the developer, and will vary depending on the scale and potential impact of phosphate on the SAC. Further to this, North West Leicestershire District Council are currently considering a strategy to seek developer contributions (Section 106 Contributions) to mitigate additional phosphate/nutrients entering the watercourse.
 
Should you have a potential scheme or development proposal you wish to progress which was formerly hindered by the River Mease SAC, please contact a member of the Fisher German Planning team based at Ashby de la Zouch to discuss the proposals:
 
Kay Davies MRTPI – 01530 410824
Alan Hardwick MRTPI – 01530 410859
Liberty Stones MRTPI – 01530 410844
Naomi Light MRTPI – 01530 410854
Tom Armfield MRTPI – 01530 410853
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