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Environmental regulations inquiry: housebuilders and promoters to give evidence

Monday 6 March 2023

On Tuesday 7 March 2023, the House of Lords Built Environment Committee will be taking evidence on the impact environmental regulations are having on housebuilders and promoters.

This session, which is open to the public, will be held in Committee Room 3 of the House of Lords and streamed live on Parliament TV.

At 10.45am the committee will hear from:

  • Paul Brocklehurst, Chairman, Land Promoters & Developers Federation
  • James Stevens, Director of Cities, Home Builders Federation.

Topics likely to be covered in this session include:

  • Different types of regulations developers encounter and when in the process this occurs.
  • Costs and delays as a result of environmental regulations.
  • Role of Natural England and other bodies.
  • Levels of support for developers to fulfil their responsibilities.
  • What changes to the planning system could make it easier and quicker to build.

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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