Government urged to water down EIA rules in freeports push

The government should use Brexit as an opportunity to free up the planning system by limiting when developers need to carry out environmental impact assessments, according to the British Ports Association.

In a new briefing, the group urges the government to ditch a commitment to upholding EU standards after Brexit in order to pursue a looser free trade deal that would allow for more regulatory divergence and facilitate the creation of ‘freeports’ across the UK.

“Reducing delays arising from environmental legislation such as the Habitats and the various Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) regulations could have significant benefit to airport and seaport operators,” the briefing states. 

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