Link: Bruce Winney, Policy Officer
Update from the group:
We have had a number of conversations with individuals involved in the five LNRS pilots (Buckinghamshire, Cornwall, Cumbria, Greater Manchester and Northumberland) to understand their contrasting experiences. This has allowed us to focus on a number of areas of concern that will form a framework for examining the outputs from the pilots and subsequent advocacy work to influence the final guidelines.
We also ran a seminar at the end of April 2021 for Link members to allow our members to get an understanding of the LNRS process, the pilots and to solicit questions and contributions. Speakers were from DEFRA, Natural England, the Cumbria pilot and Link.
The pilots submitted their reports (a statement of biodiversity priorities and a habitat map) at the end of May 2021. We currently have access to all of them and are preparing a more detailed briefing, which will complement Defra's recently published 'lessons learned'. This will aid us in responding to the LNRS consultation, which is open until November.
With the upcoming comprehensive spending review in mind, we have done some initial modelling to estimate the resources that will be required for a successful rollout of LNRSs. This includes both direct and indirect costs, along with running costs over a five year period. This is a 'live' document that will be updated as further information becomes available.
For further information, contact Bruce Winney, Link’s Policy Officer.
Last updated: 17th August 2021
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