Submit a regulation 77 application

River Mease SAC

Any development granted under the order that would extract water from, or discharge foul water to, the River Mease is likely to have a significant impact on the integrity of the River Mease and cannot be lawfully implemented until Regulation 77 is satisfied. 

This requirement would not include householder development (extensions and alterations to dwellings) granted under Part 1 and 2 of Schedule 2 of the Order) cannot lawfully proceed until Regulation 77 is satisfied. This includes all development that has received Prior Approval consent under the order but has not been completed.

To apply for approval under Regulation 77 you will need to submit sufficient information to enable us to assess as whether the proposal would, or would not, have an impact on the integrity of the SAC. This should include a full water neutrality strategy for those developments that will take water from the River Mease SAC. Where the strategy proposes mitigation to ensure water neutrality, the mitigation will need to be secured within a legal agreement as the Regulations do not otherwise allow for conditional approval.

There is no statutory application form to be completed, but there is a requirement in the Regulations to pay £30 at the time of application.

We will then consult Natural England on the application, who will be given a period to make comments. We will take these comments into account in determining the impacts of the proposal.

We may approve the development only after having ascertained that it will not adversely affect the integrity of the site.

To submit a Regulation 77 application, email and include the following documents:

  • Details of the development to be carried out (scaled location plan and floor plans as a minimum), including where relevant the proposed water neutrality strategy.
  • A response to your proposal from the nature conservation body (Natural England), if received.
  • Confirmation of payment of the £30 fee. Please pay for your Regulation 77 application online