Has Eustice fired the starting gun on a ‘deregulatory race to the bottom’?

Alarm bells began ringing in green groups’ headquarters this month when prime minister Boris Johnson declared his desire to “build, build, build” the UK out of its economic slump and speed up the planning process by “scything through red tape”.

by Rachel Salvidge
Environment secretary George Eustice plans to overhaul the environmental impact assessment regime. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/Getty Images
Environment secretary George Eustice plans to overhaul the environmental impact assessment regime. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/Getty Images

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