Natural England retreats from regulatory enforcement

The nature regulator’s new approach to conservation means less use of regulatory levers, more reliance on partnership working and a “fundamental change” in how its teams are organised

The regulator will work to landscape scale objectives. Photograph: Kevin Eaves/123RFNatural England will spend less time enforcing regulations and will instead become an “enabler and convener” of plans created with NGOs, communities and businesses, according to its new strategy document.

The nature regulator’s new approach to conservation, published on 14 October, says that its work to date has been too siloed and it cannot achieve its ambitions by “simply imposing and policing rules and regulations”.

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