Environment secretary considers strengthening Natural England’s role in planning

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is considering boosting the nature regulator’s role in the planning regime so it can help councils tackle new initiatives such as net gain and improve their scrutiny of developers’ environmental impact assessments, according to the environment secretary.

by Rachel Salvidge
Eustice: We need local authorities to have the capacity (image: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty)
Eustice: We need local authorities to have the capacity (image: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty)

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