Leaving the EU won’t mean an end to green regulations

It had been speculated that EU directives and European-derived regulations would no longer exist in the UK following the country’s decisions to leave the European Union, however lawyers and ecologists have suggested that they are likely to remain.

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Brexit doesn’t mean an end to EU regulations

Currently, developers and planners have to take into account wildlife protection and air quality limits during planning applications, however many of those regulations were introduced by the EU.

Despite this, lawyers have insisted that developers would still have to comply with European-derived regulations which augment the planning system like environmental impact assessment (EIA), air quality limits and habitats protection.

“Many of these will be extremely difficult to unpick, and some reflect international treaty obligations, so are likely to remain, even when the UK finally leaves” said Angus Walker, a senior partner at law firm BDB.

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