Hearing of NFU Cymru's judicial review

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The hearing of NFU Cymru’s judicial review of Welsh Government’s decision to introduce water quality regulations across the whole of Wales begins today [Tuesday 26 October] at the Cardiff High Court.

NFU Cymru’s lawyers will set out the Union’s position that Welsh Government acted unlawfully in failing to take into account all relevant information when undertaking its Regulatory Impact Assessment prior to the introduction of the Water Resources (Control of Agricultural Pollution) (Wales) Regulations 2021, and in failing to include in the regulations a derogation from the applicable nitrogen limit for farmers with 80% or more grassland.

NFU Cymru President John Davies said:

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to put forward our submissions on behalf of Welsh farmers and we look forward to receiving the Court’s judgment in due course.  I would like to pay tribute to the hard work and expertise of NFU Cymru staff, the union’s in-house legal team, our legal panel firm JCP, Counsel at Essex Court Chambers and the NFU’s Legal Assistance Scheme in getting the case to this stage. NFU Cymru did not take this action lightly but has done so on behalf of NFU Cymru members, farmers and rural businesses across Wales.

“We anticipate that judgment will be reserved following the hearing, so it is likely to be some time before we know the outcome of the case.”

Last edited: 14:09 on 26 October 2021

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