The Environment Bill received the second reading in the House of Commons on 28th October 2019.
The revised Bill was introduced to parliament two weeks ago. Criticisms included the absence of provisions for non-regression from existing environmental protection, short term interim targets on environmental progress and excluding nationally important infrastructure from mandatory net gain. Changes such as the inclusion of climate change under the remit of the new Office for Environmental Protection were welcomed however, concerns have been raised that the OEP is still not sufficiently independent from Government.
The next stage is for the Bill to be submitted to committee for a third reading, with better scrutiny. This is likely to occur after the December 12th general election, and therefore reintroduced to parliament under a new government.