Habitats and Wild Birds Directives Implementation Review published

On 22nd March the Government published a review of the Habitats and Wild Birds Directives. The aim of the review was to look at existing implementation in England with a view to reducing the burden on business whilst maintaining the integrity of the purpose of the Directives.

The findings indicate that in the majority of cases the existing implementation is working well, allowing key development and at the same time ensuring a high level of environmental protection. There were some cases of delays but the report concluded these 2 Directives may only be one contributory factor alongside others. Four key areas are recommended for improvement: facilitating nationally significant infrastructure projects; improving implementation processes and streamlining guidance; improving the quality, quantity and sharing of data and improving the customer experience.

For more information and to read the review document see the Defra website.

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