Making it easier for people to do the right thing for the natural environment.
Natural England’s ambitious improvement programme: (296kb) puts customer needs at the heart of the benefits we are achieving for the natural environment.
Since April 2011, the Government has been looking at how it can maintain environmental protection whilst making it simpler and cheaper for people by removing unnecessary costs.
In line with the Government’s regulatory reform agenda, we have worked with stakeholders and Government on plans to ensure that our advisory, consenting and licensing services are more efficient and customer-orientated, and that integration with other Government services is improved where possible.
These reforms will ensure that protection of the natural environment remains at the heart of what we do, at a time when biodiversity loss, climate change and demand for space to live and grow food are all increasing – while making it easier for our customers to engage with us.
This plan reflects the work we are undertaking following the conclusion of the Defra Habitats and Wild Birds Directives Implementation Review. We are taking forward a number of specific actions to improve the implementation of the Directives.
We will publish statistics and reports to document our progress over the coming months.
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The Hampton Review set out some key principles that should be consistently applied by all public bodies with regulatory functions. This includes Natural England.
The Better Regulation Executive (BRE), part of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR), has defined five key principles of regulation, which are now a cornerstone of the way that public bodies should use their regulatory powers.
Natural England will follow the five principles and will be:
In addition, the Government has published a statutory code of practice for regulators, The Regulators’ Compliance Code (PDF). The Code came into force in England in April 2008.