Defra have issued a consultation on abstraction licensing which members might like to respond to as it may well directly affect any business abstracting water.

The main points of concern that might affect members are:-

  • It is proposed that the Environment Agency be able to revoke or change a "License of Right" without compensation if they think it is harming a nearby SSSI or SAC. 
  • It is proposed that the Environment Agency can reduce a License of Right if it is under used or revoke a Licence of Right that is unused. 

To members who might feel that their abstraction licence is secure, this will affect you directly.

The consultation can be found at

If you need any assistance with responding to the consultation, please contact Sally Cullimore, Policy Executive. E-Mail:-



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