DEFRA to streamline planning consents for water supply projects

DEFRA plans to fast track planning consent for large water supply projects in a bid to head off a water shortage of up to a fifth of England’s demand by 2050

More water projects may qualify as 'nationally significant infrastructure'. Photograph: daveh123/123RFDEFRA plans to simplify and streamline planning consents for large water supply infrastructure such as reservoirs and desalination plants in a bid to head off England’s impending water shortage.

By the 2050s England will face a water deficit of 8-22% of total water demand. Some areas will suffer more than others, and sooner. London faces a shortfall of 132.7 million litres per day (Ml/d) by 2020, growing to 415.9Ml/d by 2040.

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