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

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

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?... Read more

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Planning & land use

High Court throws out government plans for Stonehenge tunnel

The High Court has quashed government plans to build a two-mile tunnel beneath Stonehenge, in a judicial review


Government to tighten planning rules for flood risk areas

Planning guidance for building in flood risk areas is to be tightened, the government has announced

Planning & land use

Approval for road improvement scheme quashed by High Court on EIA grounds

A development consent order approving a major road junction improvement scheme has been quashed by the High Court, after the government admitted that environmental impact assessment (EIA) requirements had not been met.

Land, Ecology & Development

DEFRA reveals winners of £40m nature funding package

Almost a million trees will be planted and hundreds of jobs supported through the second tranche of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, according to DEFRA

Planning & land use

Councillor resigns over quashed appeal of plans for AONB ‘retirement village’

A parish councillor who campaigned against plans for a 'retirement village' to be built in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has resigned.


Land, Ecology & Development

Why Natural England’s net gain calculator may struggle to accurately value nature

Why Natural England’s net gain calculator may struggle to accurately value nature

The flaws in the biodiversity net gain calculator have all been corrected, says Natural England, but will its official launch later this year satisfy everyone? James Agyepong-Parsons reports

Environmental Law

Interview: Rebecca Pow on the latest amendments to the Environment Bill

As the government's flagship green legislation nears royal assent, environment minister Rebecca Pow speaks to ENDS about controversial plans to refocus the Habitats Regulations and measures in the bill to tackle sewage discharges from storm overflows


Why do secrecy clauses underpin the Office for Environmental Protection?

The Environment Bill contains provisions that would prevent the green watchdog from disclosing information about its investigations, alarming peers and green groups alike. Wil Crisp reports

Fines Monitor Water pollution

Passing the buck: Who’s accountable for the ongoing pollution of a rare chalk stream?

The Environment Agency, a water firm and a fuel company are being coy about who is accountable for the pollution of the river Test in Hampshire. James Fair reports

Environmental assessment

What to expect from the government's plan to reform environmental assessment

The government’s plan to reform the environmental assessment regime could see the need for site-specific assessment removed in some areas earmarked for growth and changes made on which developments require an EIA, write Claire Petricca-Riding and Stefano D’Ambrosio

Environmental Politics

Is the government kicking nature recovery into the long grass?

The government claims the UK is leading the pack on nature restoration, but it failed to meet international targets and its Environment Bill biodiversity goals have been slammed for being merely ‘a loose encouragement towards halting decline’. Tess Colley reports

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