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Title: Bedford Ouse (lower reaches) LEAP : development constraints by parish : April 1999
Author: Environment Agency Anglian Region
Document Type: Monograph
The Agency has a duty under the Water Resources Act 1991 to conserve, redistribute, augment and ensure the proper use of water resources, together with wider duties under the Environment Act 1995 to contribute to sustainable development and to conserve and enhance the environment. A major ool in the achievement of these duties is the licensing of abstraction. The abstraction of water from any surface or underground source of supply (except for some small exceptions) requires a licence under the Water Resources Act 1991. Licences enable the Agency to control abstraction by setting limits on the amount, period and purpose for which the water may be used. Licences can also be conditioned to protect the environment and other abstractors, and time limited to allow for review. An abstraction licence is only issued by the Agency if there is sufficient water available, the need is justified, the rights o f existing users are protected, and the water environment is not unacceptably affected. This could mean that development will be constrained by the terms of existing licences unless alternative actions are taken, such as more efficient use of current resources or import of new resources. If a licence will be required, the Water Resources section o f the Environment Agency should be contacted at an early stage in the planning process. This document highlights prevailing Parish conditions that are likely to constrain development in the Bedford Ouse Local Environment Agency Plan (LEAP) area. As a result of these constraints/conditions, greater than normal financial or design input may be necessary in order to control pollution or maintain the land drainage status quo.
Publisher: Environment Agency
Publication Date: 1999
Publication Place: Huntingdon
Subject Keywords: RiversLocal action plans (EA)Environmental managementCatchment managementWater abstraction
Geographic Keywords: Upper and Bedford Ouse catchmentGreat OuseBedfordshire
Extent: 37
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