Consultation outcome

New rules to tackle diffuse water pollution from agriculture in England

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Summary of responses

Detail of outcome

We received 183 responses to this consultation. We have now revised the rules to make them more practical and easier to follow.

We expect the new rules for all farmers in England to come into force on 2 April 2018. We have published a simple overview factsheet, together with full details of the rules.

Original consultation


Proposal for a small number of new basic rules to help tackle diffuse water pollution from agriculture and improve farm efficiency.

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Consultation description

We want to know what you think about some proposed new rules for all farmers to help reduce water pollution from agriculture. They will also improve farm efficiency and build on good practice. The proposed rules relate to managing phosphorus. They would not be part of cross compliance. We have developed these proposals with advice from the agriculture industry.

This consultation is of interest to farmers, farm advisers and contractors, water companies, leisure and tourist industries, and environment organisations.

Published 30 September 2015
Last updated 30 November 2017 + show all updates
  1. Summary of responses published, together with details of the updated farming rules.
  2. First published.