England’s new river basin management plans come under fire

The Environment Agency is to reconsider its approach to the development of river basin management plans (RBMPs) in response to stakeholders.

It will slow down the pace of developing and consulting on the next phase of the high-level plans to improve English surface waters due to concerns, it said on Thursday.

The move follows adverse responses to the regulator’s ‘Working Together’ consultation on its approach to creating the plans. This was open for consultation in the six months running up to December last year.

The consultation asked whether the original timetable set out was realistic and achievable. Although most respondents felt that it was, the EA decided to “slow the current phase of work,” it said.

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