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EU Withdrawal

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, we are currently undertaking research aimed at undersanding these implications. The first phase was led by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP). The second is being conducted by a consortium of academics from around the UK led by Professor Richard Cowell from Cardiff University.

Phase One

The impact of Brexit on UK implementation of key EU legislation affecting land use

Cover ImageThe Government's Withdrawal Bill is designed to carry over EU legislation into the post-Brexit period. Differing views have been expressed regarding the best direction for environmental regulation, ranging from seeing Brexit as an opportunity to reduce regulation on the one hand, to being determined to retain the current system on the other. 

It is open for debate whether a separate environmental system is in the best interests of the UK or its environment. However now it is an option, we need more information on it. We particularly need information on key problems, like how a single unified EU system will be translated into the four planning systems of the UK. And what oversight might exist to guarantee enforcement.

The first phase of this research was carried out by Martin Nesbit and Emma Watkins at the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP). This briefing paper maps the full range of relevant directives and regulations affecting land use, and their applicability to different outcomes of the Brexit process.

Download the briefing paper (pdf)

Phase Two

The second phase 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.

Phase Two will be published early in 2019.