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Gardeners Question Time

A question most people involved with the environment dread being asked is how many ecosystem services there are. The only possible answer is -apos-quite a lot-apos-. I-apos-m not being flippant here because this matters. It matters a lot. Ecosystem services provide a great deal of what sustains us o...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 13 September 2019

This Land Is Our Land

The intense cyclonic systems which have passed over Great Britain this month did not even rate naming as storms, despite producing some memorable local flooding, intense winds and a layer of gloom among those who had chosen August staycations. But ever more intense weather events are the new normal ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 17 August 2019

England Plc And Linear Thinking

Imagine a company with perhaps thousands of employees, and offices and warehouses in several parts of the country. They manufacture widgets and wodgets and offer repairs & services for their products. They also have a consultancy division, which offers advice on the sector and how to make the most o...

Posted by Nigel Pearce on 08 August 2019

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Devolution deals needed on planning and environment

Added on 07 December 2017

The Royal Town Planning Institute has warned that letting Whitehall regulate planning and the environment post-Brexit will not uphold existing standards.

The Institute′s response to the Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Committee inquiry into devolution and Brexit says powers must be repatriated to Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. This would give them the authority and responsibility to implement devolved functions carried over from EU directives.

Current repatriation proposals do not require consent from the devolved administrations, putting the UK in breach of the Sewel Convention. But, without such consent, environmental standards would be harder to implement. The RTPI says a new oversight and enforcement body is needed.

"A new body should be established to oversee this and hold nations to account if necessary," said head of policy Richard Blyth. "We think this approach will give the UK the best chance of continuity in environmental policy and maintaining of quality and standards."

Royal Town Planning Institute

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