The report has confirmed the following progress towards meeting the plan's goals:
- Published a National Policy Statement for water resources infrastructure to streamline the process of gaining planning permission for nationally significant infrastructure projects.
- Revised the National Planning Policy Framework to strengthen protections for ancient woodlands, veteran trees and irreplaceable habitats
- Consulted on potential legislative options to put regional water resource planning on a statutory footing
In addition the report states that the 2018 revision of the National Planning Policy Framework contained clarified policy on biodiversity net gain, making it clearer that biodiversity net gain should be delivered through development and that opportunities for measurable gains should be taken. Government consulted on proposals to mandate biodiversity net gain in the planning system between December 2018 and February 2019. It was announced in this year's Spring Statement that the government will use the forthcoming Environment Bill to mandate biodiversity net gain.
Date: May 2019 Date of publication
This item updates DCP section 4.255