Broken promises: what happens to mitigation commitments after developers have left?

Is the mitigation committed to by developers and infrastructure promoters to make schemes environmentally acceptable actually being delivered as promised? James Fair investigates

Wallasea Island, Kent
The tide was allowed to reflood Wallasea Island in Kent after the ECJ ruled the UK had to compensate for the loss of mud flats

Permission to build 450 homes on a former colliery just outside Nottingham was granted to a developer in 2014 despite the land being designated as a local wildlife site for its plants, butterflies and breeding birds that included little ringed plovers. “With this permission came a long list of ecological mitigation measures,” says Janice Bradley, head of conservation for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.

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