Environmental enforcement undertakings—wildlife and habitats—tracker

The following Corporate Crime practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Environmental enforcement undertakings—wildlife and habitats—tracker
  • Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 breaches
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (Agriculture) (England)(No 2) Regulations breaches

Environmental enforcement undertakings—wildlife and habitats—tracker

Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act 2008 enables regulators to be given powers to deal with offences using civil sanctions, including environmental enforcement undertakings, instead of commencing a criminal prosecution. Natural England (NE) have the power to impose enforcement undertakings in relation to a number of environmental offences under the Environmental Impact Assessment (Agriculture) (England) (No 2) Regulations, SI 2006/2522 and the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (WCA 1981).

An enforcement undertaking is a written undertaking to take actions within a specified period:

  1. to secure the offence does not continue or recur

  2. to restore the position so far as possible to what it would have been had the offences not been committed

  3. to benefit a third party (including, where appropriate, a money payment), or

  4. to secure equivalent benefit or improvement to the environment, where it is not possible to restore the harm caused

Those who breach environmental regulation can, where an enforcement undertaking is available for the particular offence, set out how they propose to put the matter right and submit their proposal to their environmental regulator. If the regulator accepts their proposals, the enforcement undertaking becomes a legally binding voluntary agreement.

For more information on environmental enforcement undertakings, see Practice Notes:

  1. Environmental civil sanctions—enforcement undertakings

  2. Environmental enforcement undertakings—environmental permitting—tracker

  3. Environmental

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