Part 1 of Landmark Chamber’s series on water management looks at recent developments in the regulation of water use and pollution.
The pressures which water abstraction and pollution place on ecology continue to be recognised by local planning authorities and the Environment Agency and recent decisions and challenges are likely to have significant implications for many users of land from farming and public water supply to fishermen to housing developers.
All of this takes place in the context of climate change and the dry summer of 2022, which put new focus on the preparedness of water companies and their drought management plans, and led to some of the first drought order and permits being issued since.
Amongst other matters this webinar will discuss the recent decisions of the High Court including R(Harris) v EA  EWHC 2264 (Admin) and Wild Justice v Water Services Regulation Authority  EWHC 2608 (Admin).
• Introduction by Chair - Robert Walton KC
• Water abstraction and Neutrality: current issues for farming and development following R(Harris) v EA  EWHC 2264 (Admin) - Matthew Dale-Harris
• Action on Sewage? DEFRA’s Sewage Overflows Plan and the Wild Justice and WildFish challenges - Christopher Jacobs
• Planning for Drought Conditions: Water Management Plans and the 2022 summer drought - Charles Bishop
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