Environmental permitting rules updated

DEFRA and the Welsh government have made changes to the environmental permitting regulations following a consultation last year.

Waste operators will be able to apply for environmental permits and planning permission at the same time under new permitting rules.

The change was announced in a government response to a consultation on the draft Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013.1

The joint DEFRA and Welsh government consultation ran from 7 February to 4 April 2013 (ENDS Report 457, p22). It attracted 53 responses, a summary of which has also been published.

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