Natural England has just published a consultation on proposed changes to the licencing of European Protected Species. Whilst the proposals suggest that the policies aim to achieve better outcomes for European Protected Species it also suggests they will reduce costs, delays and uncertainty for developers. This proposal has to be seen in the light of the prevailing government view of environmental protection and their view of “EU rules on things like habitats […] placing ridiculous costs on British businesses” a view expressed by Osborne but recently underlined by comments from David Cameron that are signalling a sea change in government view of protection of nature and wildlife.
Cameron was recently speaking before the House Liaison committee where he was asked amongst other things about flooding issues. He said he welcomed the
“attitudinal change in the Environment Agency – were trying to balance up the effect on nature and protection of property. The time…
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