The repatriation of powers solely to Whitehall after Brexit is not enough to uphold existing planning and environment related EU directives, the implementation of which are highly devolved, the RTPI says.
Powers need to be repatriated to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in order for each nation to have the authority and obligations to directly implement devolved functions carried over from existing EU directives such as those covering waste, water, habitat and air pollution, according to RTPI’s response to a parliamentary inquiry into devolution and Brexit.
As a result the RTPI is calling for the introduction of an enforcement body to replace the EU – with a base framework agreed by all the devolved administrations first. This would ensure continuity in policies and the commitment to address long-term issues and take action if policies are not implemented.
RTPI’s head of policy, research and practice Richard Blythe said: “In order to maintain and improve the environmental standards we are renowned for, we must empower the nations of the UK to continue to meet agreed environmental outcomes in their own way, so they can take account of the local context.
“A new body should be established to oversee this and hold nations to account if necessary. We think this approach will give the UK the best chance of continuity in environmental policy and maintaining of quality and standards.”
Read the RTPI’s written evidence to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee on Devolution and Exiting the EU Inquiry.