Why the EA’s decision to withdraw free permitting advice could backfire

The EA says it has temporarily withdrawn its free pre-application permitting advice because of the coronavirus pandemic, but experts fear that the decision could backfire, increasing permitting delays. Conor McGlone reports

by Conor McGlone
ESA says a billion pound’s worth of shovel-ready infrastructure projects are being delayed by a lack of permitting capacity at the EA. Photograph: AzmanL via Getty
ESA says a billion pound’s worth of shovel-ready infrastructure projects are being delayed by a lack of permitting capacity at the EA. Photograph: AzmanL via Getty

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