Permit granted for next stage in Hoveton Broad Restoration project
The Environment Agency has granted a permit to place fish barriers across the entrances to Hoveton Great Broad as part of a restoration project.
A public consultation took place earlier this year to consider an application by Natural England for a flood risk activity permit. The permit is required to install the permeable fish barriers.
This was followed by a minded to consultation, where the Environment Agency published its intention to grant the permit and asked the public for additional comments.
The Natural England led project aims to restore clear water conditions to Hoveton Great Broad and Hudson’s Bay by using natural restoration techniques.
All consultation responses were reviewed and after careful consideration of all the evidence and views submitted, the Environment Agency decided to grant the permit.
An Environment Agency spokesperson said:
We have looked at all the evidence and views provided and come to the conclusion to grant the permit.
Once the project is finished, fish will be allowed back in the restored broad which will provide better habitat for a wider range of species.
We will continue to work with Natural England and anglers to monitor any impact on the wider broadland fishery including surveying once the barriers are installed.
For the Broad to return to clear water, the amount of algae needs to be reduced. The project proposes to remove the majority of fish from the broad, which will allow water fleas to thrive. They will then feed on the algae, thereby cleaning the water. This is a well-recognised form of lake restoration called biomanipulation.
The barriers will be in place for up to 10 years, preventing the fish from entering the Broad while the ecology recovers.
This is a resubmitted application from Natural England. The original decision in July 2020 was withdrawn due to a procedural issue.
Latest News from
Dorset chalk stream benefits from Environment Agency funding22/06/2022 13:10:00
The Environment Agency has funded a successful project to improve water quality and fish habitat in the Devils Brook, an important chalk stream in Dorset.
Environment Agency issues Stop Notice to Norfolk landowner21/06/2022 09:25:00
A Stop Notice has been issued by the Environment Agency to a Norfolk landowner to halt the unauthorised deposit and burning of waste following a major fire last month (May).
Fungal infection likely cause of Northumberland fish deaths20/06/2022 09:10:00
Environment Agency experts investigating reports of fish deaths in a Northumberland river believe a natural fungal infection to be the cause.
2,000 properties in York now better protected with Foss Barrier upgrade and new flood defences17/06/2022 16:25:00
A £38 million Environment Agency scheme to upgrade the Foss Barrier in York has been officially opened.
Burton-upon-Trent flood defence work completes £30 million investment17/06/2022 10:05:00
The Environment Agency has completed additional flood defence work in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, to alleviate issues around the A38 at Branston.
Companies hit with fines after sewage kills thousands of fish09/06/2022 10:15:00
Third conviction for Anglian Water in 2022, with civil engineers also guilty over river pollution.
Changes to Flood Warning Service for homes and properties along the River Beult09/06/2022 09:25:00
Environment Agency launches a new free Flood Warning Service for properties in Headcorn.
Environment Agency warns Thames users to stay safe on the river this summer08/06/2022 15:25:00
Rivers offer fun and relaxation but can contain hazards, especially around structures and after heavy rain.