How recent changes to the Environment Bill will affect councils and developers

Amendments to the government's Environment Bill would introduce two new kinds of strategy that place requirements on local authorities and developers to help conserve protected species and habitats from development pressures. But some commentators fear that they could also impose new burdens on both applicants and authorities.

by David Blackman
The otter is a protected species in England - image: geograph / David Dixon (CC BY-SA 2.0)
The otter is a protected species in England - image: geograph / David Dixon (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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