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Environment Bill passes second reading

Words: Huw Morris
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The government’s Environment Bill 2019-20 has moved a step closer to becoming law.

The bill has passed its second reading by MPs unopposed and will now move on to committee stage. It aims to introduce significant changes to laws on air quality, water resources, waste management, nature improvement and chemicals as well as introducing biodiversity gain.

Under schedule 7A of the bill, developers would need to submit a biodiversity gain plan to a local authority before seeking planning permission. 

A biodiversity gain impact assessment unveiled by the government alongside bill revealed this policy would create a direct cost to developers of £19.9 million a year.

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