Draft flood risk management plans

The Environment Agency consultation on Flood Risk Management Plans considered priorities and objectives at the River Basin District scale to manage flood risk.  The CLA indicated that a key priority for all areas was to secure an efficient and reliable funding mechanism.  If Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFA), groups of landowners and individuals are to secure an efficient and reliable funding mechanism that will deliver the investment that their region or local catchment needs to manage flood risk then the partnership funding issues need to be addressed.  The lack of private investment in flood defences has the potential to increase the extent and impact of flood risk.  The CLA proposed broader fiscal incentives (tax relief) to encourage private investment to come forward.

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Draft flood risk management plans

The Environment Agency consultation on Flood Risk Management Plans considered priorities and objectives at the River Basin District scale to manage flood risk.  The CLA indicated that a key priority for all areas was to secure an efficient and reliable funding mechanism.  If Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFA), groups of landowners and individuals are to secure an efficient and reliable funding mechanism that will deliver the investment that their region or local catchment needs to manage flood risk then the partnership funding issues need to be addressed.  The lack of private investment in flood defences has the potential to increase the extent and impact of flood risk.  The CLA proposed broader fiscal incentives (tax relief) to encourage private investment to come forward.

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Environment Scorecard

Many of the environmental issues covered in the National Audit Office briefing represent long-term challenges.  CLA believe it is difficult to assess performance on environmental protection since 2010, as up-to-date performance information is not always available, and the impact of recent changes (positive or negative) may not yet have taken effect.  What we do know is that since 2010, woodland has come under increased threat from pests and diseases, that England is not on currently course to meet its 2020 Biodiversity Strategy targets - and that new ways to pay for biodiversity, such as through offsetting, need to be looked at - and that resilience to climate change needs to improve.

For further details, please read the full CLA submission to the inquiry undertaken by the Environment Audit Committee.

Environment Scorecard

Many of the environmental issues covered in the National Audit Office briefing represent long-term challenges.  CLA believe it is difficult to assess performance on environmental protection since 2010, as up-to-date performance information is not always available, and the impact of recent changes (positive or negative) may not yet have taken effect.  What we do know is that since 2010, woodland has come under increased threat from pests and diseases, that England is not on currently course to meet its 2020 Biodiversity Strategy targets - and that new ways to pay for biodiversity, such as through offsetting, need to be looked at - and that resilience to climate change needs to improve.

For further details, please read the full CLA submission to the inquiry undertaken by the Environment Audit Committee.

Reform of the regulatory system to control small sewage discharges

The CLA believes that government proposals to replace the current registration system for septic tanks with a more risk-based system are a step in the right direction for rural properties and businesses not connected to mains sewerage networks.

We have welcomed the deregulatory proposal from Defra, showing that the department has listened to the CLA's call, over several years, for a review of the current burdensome approach to managing small sewage discharges.  If the proposals are adopted, permits would only be required for the most sensitive areas affected by pollution.

Reform of the regulatory system to control small sewage discharges

The CLA believes that government proposals to replace the current registration system for septic tanks with a more risk-based system are a step in the right direction for rural properties and businesses not connected to mains sewerage networks.

We have welcomed the deregulatory proposal from Defra, showing that the department has listened to the CLA's call, over several years, for a review of the current burdensome approach to managing small sewage discharges.  If the proposals are adopted, permits would only be required for the most sensitive areas affected by pollution.

Briefing Note: Neonicotinoids and Bees

In December 2013, the European Union effectively banned the use of three neonicotinoid products for at least two years, citing concerns over their effects on bee health.

Because the decision was taken despite limited availability of practical evidence in the field, the CLA along with other organisations, opposed the ban until this data had been collected.  The UK agreed with this approach.

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