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Lords' environmental regulations inquiry to hold its first evidence sessions

Monday 27 February 2023

At 10.45am on Tuesday 28 February 2023, the House of Lords Built Environment Committee will be holding its first two evidence sessions for its new inquiry on the impact of environmental regulations on development.

These sessions, which are open to the public, will be held in Committee Room 2 of the House of Lords and streamed live on Parliament TV

At 10.45am the committee will hear from:

  • Professor Liz Fisher, Professor of Environmental Law, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford.

The purpose of this session is to gain an understanding of the historical context of environmental regulation and how the legislative framework is evolving.

At 11.30am the committee will hear from:

  • Daniel Smyth, Director and Head of Environment, Savills.

The purpose of this session is to understand what is required of developers and promoters currently undertaking the planning process.

More about the inquiry on the impact of environmental regulations on development

The Government has set out, through primary and secondary legislation, a number of environmental requirements for development of the built environment. This has resulted in a framework of environmental protection for development in England which is largely administered through the planning system. Examples of such regulations include those on biodiversity net gain, nutrient neutrality, habitats and air quality.

This inquiry will assess the governance, the associated costs for developers and promoters, and the impact on the delivery of projects, of nationally defined environmental regulations in England.

Last week the committee published a call for evidence - the deadline for submissions of written evidence is 31 March 2023.

This inquiry has its own webpage. The committee’s work can be followed on its website and via Twitter

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