These regulations aim to promote sustainable development and protect the environment.

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    Adam Donnan said on January 9, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    The Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) has done some interesting research on how local authorities use Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act (EPA).

    Here are some of their conclusions:

    “The first interesting thing to note is that the pattern of contaminated land determinations appears random, rather than being concentrated in areas that are historically industrial such as the local authorities bordering the Thames in East London, or cities such as Liverpool or Sheffield.

    When the Local Authorities were asked to provide the information for this map, many said that, although few sites had been determined under Part 2A, there were hundreds if not thousands of ‘potentially contaminated’ sites that they were not investigating under the EPA. They preferred instead to work with developers to ensure that remediation took place using the planning regulations instead, in line with government policy.”

    The full research can be found at http://www.ies-uk.org.uk/analysis/use_part_2a_legislation.

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    H Baar said on September 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    I wonder whether the legislation could be improved by removing LDF responsibilities from local authorities. They have a tendency to be a bit parochial when it comes to their own backyard (perhaps Nimby would be a better word). I don’t understand why environments have to be mixed. What use is putting, say, a public park, a nightclub and a residential area altogether? It invites trouble. Quite frankly, I see no reason why work, leisure and shopping couldn’t all be placed in one big “mall” like structure and residential areas kept more “countrified”, after all, the govt has concluded that we all like living in “nice” areas. Besides, policing the spots where nightclubbing, leisure activities (thinking football here), and shopping would be much simpler if they were all in one spot. Brown sites could be a possible location, but these would benefit more from mass weed colonisation for 20 years first. Bigger commercial areas would also lend itself to a little bit of a rural economy boost – after all, little shops would be needed closer to home as would public services such as post offices – double benefit in that this would cut down on travel expenditure and road infrastructure to remote places.

    Comment Tags: LDF, Rural Economy, Urban

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    Mark Head said on June 20, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I am all for reduction in nonsense legislation, compliance and procedures – there has been so much of an increase in this weight of bureaucracy which starts well-intentioned but ends up providing self-perpetuating jobs for box-tickers and impossible hoops for SMEs with limited and slimlined resources. [Text Deleted] However, I am not an environmental libertine – I do not believe in being cavalier so I want to see the essence of good sence and moral apposition retained. I DO want to see an end to PQQ (Pre-qualification Questionnaire) epics and overblown accreditation/procedure barriers smashed. Let’s have councils and government bodies act sensibily, employing whom they really want and letting them do their jobs sensibly, economically and still making some sort of a profit! At the moment obtaining tenders is the realm of the big-boys who have the resources to answer the stupid questions and demonstrate turnovers way in excess of that which is really needed. If you do not know what I mean just open up an OJEU application, apply for the PQQ and have a good look!

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    David Adelson said on May 7, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Environmental safeguards of all kinds must remain in force. How can we live in a world where the natural environment is not there to support us? Just think about this for a few seconds!

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