Nutrient neutrality

On 16 March 2022 we received nutrient neutrality notifications from Natural England in relation to the River Eden SAC, River Kent SAC and the River Derwent & Bassenthwaite Lake SAC. On 23 March 2022 we received similar advice in respect of Esthwaite Water RAMSAR. The advice was issued to us without notice.You can read the Chief Planner letter here.  You can read the Natural England advice below.

River Derwent and Bassenthwaite Lake SAC

  1. Advice letter
  2. Catchment map
  3. Catchment evidence pack
  4. Nutrient neutrality principles
  5. Nutrient neutrality generic methodology
  6. Nutrient neutrality budget calculator (excel spreadsheet)
  7. Nutrient neutrality budget calculator guidance
  8. Nutrient neutrality summary guide

River Eden SAC

  1. Advice letter
  2. Catchment map
  3. Catchment evidence pack
  4. Nutrient neutrality principles
  5. Nutrient neutrality generic methodology
  6. Nutrient neutrality budget calculator (excel spreadsheet)
  7. Nutrient neutrality budget calculator guidance
  8. Nutrient neutrality summary guide

River Kent SAC

  1. Advice letter
  2. Catchment map
  3. Catchment evidence pack
  4. Nutrient neutrality principles
  5. Nutrient neutrality generic methodology
  6. Nutrient neutrality budget calculator (excel spreadsheet)
  7. Nutrient neutrality budget calculator guidance
  8. Nutrient neutrality summary guide

Esthwaite Water RAMSAR

  1. Advice letter
  2. Catchment map
  3. Catchment evidence pack
  4. Nutrient neutrality principles
  5. Nutrient neutrality generic methodology
  6. Nutrient neutrality budget calculator (excel spreadsheet)
  7. Nutrient neutrality budget calculator guidance
  8. Nutrient neutrality summary guide

Application validation requirements

When is nutrient neutrality information required before validation?

Nutrient neutrality information is required before an application is validated where a proposed development is within a catchment to which the Natural England nutrient neutrality advice applies (see above) and the scheme is for:

  • Agricultural development which will result in an increase in stock numbers; or
  • New overnight accommodation (including new dwellings, new camping, glamping or caravan pitches served by on-site toilet or washing facilities, or new hotel bedroom accommodation); or
  • New tourism development which is likely to increase the number of day visitors to a premises;

Where such developments would be served by mains, package treatment plant, septic tank or cess pool sewerage.

What nutrient neutrality information must be provided?

Nutrient neutrality information must include:

Option 1

  • Completed Natural England nutrient neutrality budget calculator for the relevant catchment; and
  • Nutrient neutrality mitigation strategy; and
  • Shadow habitats regulations assessment

Option 2

  • Evidence that all thresholds for small discharges to ground as set out on page 21 of the Natural England Nutrient Neutrality Advice letters above are met.

Exceptions to nutrient neutrality validation requirement

This validation requirement does not apply to:

  1. Development falling within Use Class B2 or B8 (general industrial or uses)
  2. Development falling within Use Class E (Commercial, Business and Service)
  3. Development falling within Use Class F1(a), (d), (e), or (f)
  4. Development falling within Use Class F2(a), (b) or (c)
  5. Development changing between from one type of tourism accommodation to another without increasing occupancy (e.g. guesthouse to holiday let)
  6. Householder development (including ancillary accommodation such as annexes or incidental accommodation such as garden buildings)

Frequently asked questions

Will nutrient neutrality information be needed in other circumstances

Notwithstanding that nutrient neutrality information is not required as part of a valid application, we may still require nutrient neutrality information during the application process, or refuse planning permission in the absence of nutrient neutrality information for developments of the types listed above following case by case assessment.

What is a Shadow Habitats Regulations Assessment?

A Shadow Habitats Regulations Assessment is an assessment of the impacts of a proposed development in accordance with the requirements of the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017, prepared by a third party, which the Authority may choose to adopt as part of our assessment of an application if we agree with its conclusions.

National Planning Practice Guidance on Habitats Regulations Assessment provides additional information.