The United Kingdom has left the European Union. Town Planners will have noted in so doing that the regulatory regime for the assessment of environmental impact within the UK’s planning processes has been at least heavily influenced by, and at most grown to mirror, the rules, regulations and judgements emanating from and handed down in Brussells and Strasbourg.
Environmental Assessment is on the Government’s ‘to do list’, though perhaps not very near the top. Environment Minister George Eustice said in July 2020 that “a new consultation on changing our approach to environmental assessment and mitigation in the planning system” would be launched that Autumn. It wasn’t, but when it does appear what will it herald for EA in the UK after the EU? Is Brexit a welcome opportunity to reset EA on to a more proportionate footing? Is Brexit an unwelcome threat to a well-established regulatory regime that could be exploited through gaps in an ever-evolving planning process? Might Brexit actually be both?
Sam Stafford puts these questions to:
- Janice Morphet, Visiting Professor at UCL
- Simon Ricketts, Partner, Town Legal LLP
- Lucy Wood, Director, National Infrastructure and Environmental Planning Team, Barton Willmore
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