Environmental Planning after Brexit: Working with the legacy of EU environmental directives

Richard Cowell, Geraint Ellis, Thomas Fischer, Tony Jackson, Thomas Muinzer, Olivier Skyes

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The June 2016 referendum result in favour of leaving the European Union (EU) has created a high level of openness about the future trajectory of many policy areas in the UK. The opportunities and risks are especially significant for the environment, given the profound effects of EU legislation on domestic policy and, in turn, for the way that environmental legislation interfaces with planning.
The question that guides this research is: how should the relationship between EU environmental legislation and the planning systems of the UK evolve, post Brexit? Can the relationship be improved, either by simplification or the identification of better ways of achieving environmental goals?
Thinking on this issue starts from a low base. Despite forty years of EU membership, the interface between European environmental legislation and planning has evolved piecemeal over 40 years, with little strategic reflection on how these two sets of institutions interact.
There is also urgency. Although the scope for making legislative changes will be affected by the kind of withdrawal agreements and trade deals that ultimately are struck, key aspects of domestic Brexit-driven legislation are being formed now – such as The Environment (Principles and Governance) Bill (2018) – with major implications for how environmental policy and planning intersect into the future.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoyal Town Planning Institute
Number of pages53
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jan 2019


  • Brexit
  • Environment
  • Planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Geography, Planning and Development


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