Defra update

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Following earlier consultation with SUDG, Defra have introduced the Recovery process which allows certain projects to be called in by the Secretary of State for
independent examination. SUDG have a number of concerns about the process, especially if it is used more than very infrequently or if it is employed simply to delay approval.

Defra have reassured that this will not be the case and they have just released this guidance about how the process will be undertaken. There have been no cases called for recovery yet as the process was only introduced in October but the Government has said that it will review the process in a year’s time so if anyone does have experience of this in the coming months it would be useful to hear from you.