Enhanced decision making: balancing public participation against 'Better Regulation' in British environmental permitting regimes

Elizabeth A. Kirk, Kirsty L. Blackstock

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    An increase in the rights of the public to participate in environmental permitting decisions has paralleled developments in other areas of administrative decision making in Britain. It is generally accepted that one of the key objectives underlying the enhancement of participatory rights was to improve the quality of decision making through improving the quality or range of values and information upon which decisions were based. This objective now has a counterweight in the Better Regulation agenda. The result is a balancing of objectives in which the emphasis increasingly appears to be falling on ensuring speed and consistency in decision making. It is argued here that too much emphasis has now been placed on ensuring the objectives of the Better Regulation agenda and greater emphasis should be placed on the benefits that arise from public participation.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)97-116
    Number of pages20
    JournalJournal of Environmental Law
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


    • Public participation
    • Better Regulation
    • Permitting
    • England
    • Scotland
    • Management

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