The Royal Town Planning Institute Assesses How Brexit Could Impact UK Land Use

Aerial view of a town
Land use could be impacted by Brexit                                                                                                               (Picture credit Shutterstock)

The Royal Town Planning Institute has published a briefing paper produced in conjunction with the sustainability think tank the Institute for European Environmental Policy, looking at how different Brexit scenarios could affect land use in the UK. It indicates that environmental regulations could become heavily diluted. Anna Tobin reports

The Royal Town Planning Institute published the briefing paper looking at how Brexit could change UK land use regulations in conjunction with the Institute for European Environmental Policy because EU environmental legislation is currently closely bound up with land use and land use planning in the UK

The report acknowledges that the full impact of Brexit on UK land use and planning will not be clear until the terms of Brexit are agreed upon.  It states in its conclusion that: ‘The appetite for regulatory change will be affected by the politics around Brexit, and (under the current administration) by internal party dynamics, and in particular the enthusiasm for part of the Parliamentary Conservative Party to present Brexit as a rejection of excessive government intervention. If predictions of economic damage from the UK’s departure are borne out by events, then there would be strong pressure to simplify regulation, aiming for what would be presented as a red tape reduction boost to growth. Moreover, if (as seems likely) the economic downsides to Brexit are greater in the event of less UK access to the EU27 market, that limited access is likely to be accompanied by greater flexibility to diverge in regulatory terms…

‘In the event of a change in UK administration and a new Government which aimed to achieve a customs union with the EU, we would expect the EU to demand a significantly greater level of compliance with the formal requirements of the acquis…

‘On balance, it seems likely that any governance mechanism would mean a less stringent oversight of UK compliance with long-term targets. Development decisions based on an assumed need to meet such long-term targets (on climate emissions, air quality, water, recycling, etc) are therefore likely to be subject to higher levels of policy risk.’

The full report can be read here

Find out more about how Brexit could impact on many aspects of land and property regulation