Planning: Nature Conservation

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 4th September 2018.

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Photo of Clive Betts Clive Betts Chair, Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, Chair, Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what impact assessment his Department has carried out in respect of the implications of the Court of Justice of the European Union's judgment of 12 April 2018, reference C-323/17, for the conservation of natural habitats and proposed revisions to the final National Planning Policy Framework; and if he will place a copy of that assessment in the Library.

Photo of Clive Betts Clive Betts Chair, Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, Chair, Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to update the revised final National Planning Policy Framework to incorporate the Court of Justice of the European Union's judgment of 12 April 2018, reference C-323/17, on the conservation of natural habitats; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The Government notes that this judgement concerns both the Habitats Regulations and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The Government is examining the implications of this judgement closely and is not proposing any changes to the Framework at this stage.

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