Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs) are areas designated as being at risk from agricultural and nitrate pollution. Farms may be completely or partially within a NVZ and there is a requirement to comply with NVZ rules, which restrict the use of nitrogen fertilisers and organic manures on the land.
Defra reviews NVZs every 4 years and the NVZs for 2017 to 2020 started on 1st January 2017. Following the recent review, some land may have been de-designated and some new areas of land may have been designated.
Defra sends designation notices to owners/occupier of land falling within a NVZ. Notices are sent at different times depending on the river basin district that the land is located within:
NVZ designations can only be appealed if the land doesn’t drain into polluted water or drains into water that shouldn’t be identified as polluted. Appeals must be made within 28 days of the notice date:
Envireau Water is one of the UK’s leading independent consultancies, providing expert guidance on design, management and regulatory issues relating to water management and environmental issues. If you think that any of your land has been incorrectly designated as a NVZ, please contact us today to see how we can assist you with an appeal. Contact James Dodds on 01332 871 882 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information on NVZs can be found here.