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Natural England's Nutrient Mitigation Scheme for developers

Step 5: Pay for your credits

Once your LPA has confirmed your development can go ahead, you can then buy your allocated credits.

Send proof of your planning permission to Natural England. You can do this by emailing a link to the decision notice on your LPA's website to

Natural England will then send you an invoice for the remaining 90% of the total cost of your credits.

You must pay the balance of the invoice within 12 weeks of the date of your planning decision. If you do not, your credits may be reallocated to someone else.

To meet this 12 week period, the developer must notify Natural England within 8 weeks of receiving planning permission. This is to allow Natural England to issue an invoice for the remaining cost of credits, with a payment deadline of 4 weeks.

Once Natural England has received full payment, they will send you your final confirmation certificate.