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Environmental regulations inquiry: commercial development sector to give evidence

Monday 23 March 2023

At 10.45am on Tuesday 28 March 2023, the House of Lords Built Environment Committee will be taking evidence from:

  • Rob Wall, Assistant Director of Sustainability and Tax Policy, British Property Federation
  • Alex Watts, Associate, Green Offset Scheme, Fisher German. 

This session, which is open to the public, will be held in Committee Room 2 of the House of Lords and streamed live on Parliament TV

This session will focus on understanding the impact environmental regulations are having on the commercial development sector – including offices, retail and warehouses – and to what extent this differs to the housebuilding sector.

The opportunities presented by ‘green development’ for those in the commercial development sector will also be considered too. This will include the opportunity to offset biodiversity net gain through formal schemes between landowners and developers, as modelled by Fisher German LLP.

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.

The committee has 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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