Clause 95 - General duty to conserve and enhance biodiversity

Environment Bill – in the House of Commons at 3:40 pm on 26th May 2021.

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Amendment proposed: 29, page 97, line 1, leave out subsection (5) and insert—

‘(5) After subsection (2) insert—

(2A) The authority must act in accordance with any relevant local nature recovery strategy in the exercise of relevant functions, including—

(a) land use planning and planning decisions;

(b) spending decisions, including land management payments;

(c) delivery of biodiversity gain; and

(d) any other activities undertaken in complying with subsections (1) and (1A).””—(Sarah Olney.)

This amendment would require public authorities to exercise relevant functions in accordance with Local Nature Recovery Strategies. This would ensure that decisions that affect the natural environment such as planning decisions, net gain habitat enhancements and targeted investment in environmental land management are informed by the Strategies.

Question put, That the amendment be made.

Division number 16 Environment Bill — Clause 95 - General duty to conserve and enhance biodiversity

Aye: 210 MPs

No: 360 MPs

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The House divided: Ayes 210, Noes 359.

Question accordingly negatived.

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