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Controlled Burning: Licensing

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 83526, tabled on 29 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will conduct a review at the conclusion of the burning season of the new licensing system for heather burning in the context of extending that system to cover all peatlands.

Answered on

2 December 2021

The Heather and Grass etc. Burning (England) Regulations 2021 came into force on 1 May 2021, affording additional protections to approximately 142,000 hectares of England’s upland deep peat from further damage by managed burning.

At the end of the current burning season, we will assess how the new regime has worked in practice.

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