Duty to consult: Our response

April 29, 2024

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The Environment Act (the act) received Royal assent on 9 November 2021 and creates a framework for protecting and enhancing the natural environment through long- term legally binding targets with the new Office for Environmental Protection being created to hold local highway authorities to account. Through an amendment to section 96A of the Highways Act, the act places a duty on local highway authorities to consult members of the public before felling a highway tree that is not exempt from the duty.

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