The River Mease is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) due to the importance of the species and habitats it supports.

The organisations in the River Mease Partnership are involved in a number of ongoing initiatives and activities to improve the River Mease SAC, from improving its water quality through the management of the river and its catchment, to providing a better environment for wildlife. Further information is available about the River Mease at

Survey work by the Environment Agency revealed the quality of the water in the river was poor, mainly due to high phosphorous levels. 

As a precaution against increasing phosphorous levels, since 2009, new development in the area has been restricted, leading to delays in planning applications and a knock-on effect on the local economy.  

The River Mease Programme Board* has adopted an updated Developer Contributions Strategy (DCS2) to enable developers to pay a direct contribution to keeping water quality high in the River Mease. The principle is a simple one – the polluter pays. Any development which will have an impact on the amount of waste water going into the sewerage system – and therefore which will have a knock on effect on discharges into the River Mease from water treatment works – will have to make a  contribution to the costs. The scheme directly funds the actions that will help to improve the water quality and so will improve the environment for wildlife and people alike.

The developer contribution scheme is over and above actions which have also been taken to impose stricter limits on phosphorous levels at a number of local water treatment works.  Together these limits and the developer contribution scheme will have a combined impact on reducing phosphorous levels in the river and its habitats.

River Mease Developer Contribution Scheme 2 (DCS2) (June 2016) (PDF Document, 0.63 Mb)

River Mease DCS2 Appendix 1 (June 2016) (PDF Document, 0.65 Mb)

River Mease DCS2 Non Technical Summary (June 2016) (PDF Document, 0.1 Mb)

DCS2 replaces the previous Developer Contribution Strategy (DCS1) which can be viewed at:

River Mease SAC Developer Contribution Strategy (PDF Document, 0.5 Mb)

River Mease SAC Developer Contribution Strategy - Appendix 1 (PDF Document, 0.14 Mb)

A map of the area subject to the River Mease SAC Developer Contribution Strategy is here: River Mease Catchment Area (PDF Document, 6.24 Mb).

In order to speed up the process of drafting a legal agreement, we are also now asking for applications to be accompanied by a form providing us with information regarding the applicant’s solicitor’s details, title details etc (Legal Agreement Information for Unilateral Undertaking for River Mease DCS Contribution (Word Document, 0.1 Mb)).

*The River Mease Programme Board comprises of: The Environment Agency, Natural England, Severn Trent Water, North West Leicestershire District Council, South Derbyshire District Council and Lichfield District Council.

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