12:50 p.m. September 25, 2022
The Bishop of Norwich has strongly criticized the government for its environmental policy.
The Rt Rev Graham Usher’s remarks came after Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng announced in his mini budget on September 23 the government’s aim to create infrastructure and investment zones in 38 regions including Norfolk.
The vision would include tax cuts and liberalized planning rules to free up land for housing and commercial use and new legislation to reduce planning rules, get rid of EU regulations and environmental assessments in the purpose of speeding up construction.
The news was heavily criticized by figures including the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds – who called it an “attack on nature”.
The Bishop said on Twitter: “A healthy nature underpins a healthy society and a healthy economy. The government seems ready to waste this and it must be stopped.
“I am deeply concerned about how the government wants to abdicate its climate and nature responsibilities.
“Ripping up our commitments to internationally agreed guidelines, which have begun to reverse the course of nature’s destruction, is totally irresponsible. They do so at our peril.”