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Defra’s Natural Environment Discussion Paper

December 2010

DEFRA Natural Environment Discussion PaperThe LES Partnership provided a response to Defra’s Discussion Paper on the Natural Environment, to feed into a forthcoming White Paper. The Paper raises questions around Localism and the ‘Big Society’, in relation to environmental protection. The Partnership made the following recommendations to Government:

  • Support evidence-based assessment
  • Consider incremental (or cumulative) impacts
  • Retain the local air quality management regime, and refine it, to ensure strong support for action to reduce emissions
  • Support the creation and development of local level partnerships, which provide a means for local authorities to pool resources and to collaborate on environmental outcomes
  • Ensure that cross-boundary issues are addressed, when realigning responsibilities between Central and Local Government. Consider whether environmental issues represent a special case for the maintenance of centralised support and delivery mechanisms
  • Support the use of Planning Obligations and the Community Infrastructure Levy to secure transport emission reductions

The full response can be viewed here

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