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Paper on Brexit and potential impact on land use published

11 July 2018

The RTPI has published a briefing paper that maps a range of relevant directives and regulations affecting land use in the UK, and analyses their applicability to different outcomes of the Brexit process.

Brexit And Land Use BriefingThe briefing, produced in conjunction with the Institute for European Environmental Policy, examines nine EU Directives covering areas from waste water treatment and martime spatial planning to environmental impact assessment and air quality.

It considers for each of them the implications under three possible scenarios: (1) where generally the implication will be that there is no change; (2) allowing some margin for new UK approaches; and (3) where a UK outside the EU has maximum flexibility.

Understanding the implications of Britain's exit from the European Union is a key concern for planners, and came up high on the list of issues raised in our 2017 member survey. In response to this, the Institute is currently undertaking research aimed at understanding these implications.

The paper published today is the first phase of such research. The second is being conducted by a consortium of academics from around the UK led by Professor Richard Cowell from Cardiff University.

It will propose a mechanism for assessing the efficiency of the application of the directives and regulations to the four planning systems in the UK. This will include focus on the issue of whether there is duplication between the environmental regime and the planning regime and how to avoid it if necessary whilst retaining at least the current levels of environmental outcomes.

Read the Brexit and land use briefing here.