Habitats Regulations: What plans to ‘refocus’ nature rules could mean for EU-derived case law

The environment secretary says his plan to “refocus” the Habitats Regulations is intended to deliver creative public policy thinking that delivers results, “rather than relying on change being set principally by litigation and case law”. Could recent case law that poses potential problems for the government’s housebuilding agenda be in his sights?

by Adam Branson
Green campaigners fear many of the protections contained in the Habitats Regulations may not survive amendments to the Environment Bill
Green campaigners fear many of the protections contained in the Habitats Regulations may not survive amendments to the Environment Bill

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