The Elections Act 2022 (Commencement No. 11, Transitional Provisions and Specified Day) and Levelling-up and Regeneration Act 2023 (Commencement No. 1) Regulations 2023

Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Commencement: Various dates, as listed below.

Amends: Levelling-up and Regeneration Act 2023 (c.55)

Mini Summary

The Levelling-up and Regeneration Act 2023 (c.55) establishes a number of frameworks within this Act that will allow the streamlining of the planning system and encourage the construction of new homes in the United Kingdom. Subsequent legislation will be published under this Act to achieve these objectives.

Levelling-up missions

A framework is established for the UK Government to introduce levelling-up missions. These are set objectives that the Government intends to pursue in order to significantly reduce geographical disparities in the UK. The framework enables the government to set, revise, review, report and fund levelling-up missions.

Planning data

A framework is established to allow the Secretary of State and the devolved authorities to introduce future regulations requiring relevant planning authorities to comply with approved data standards* when processing planning data** as outlined in Chapter 1.

*Approved data standards are written standards as published by the Secretary of State or a devolved authority.

**Planning data is any information provided to or processed by a relevant planning authority for the purposes of planning or development in England.

Environmental outcomes reports
A framework is established under Part 6 to allow the Secretary of State and the devolved authorities to introduce regulations on environmental outcomes reports* (“EOC Regulations”). The EOC Regulations, when published, are expected to require an environmental outcomes report to be prepared for proposed relevant consents or plans. N.B. Definition of relevant consents or plan will be defined in the EOC Regulations when they are published.

*An environmental outcomes report is a written report which will assess:

  • how the proposed consents or plan would impact on the delivery of certain environmental outcomes;
  • all proposals on how the plan or consents may impact the delivery of a specified environmental outcome; and
  • proposed mitigation or compensation.


This Act does not currently define duties for organisations. Duties will be introduced through subsequent legislation.



Changes made by the Act relating to the Elections Act 2022 come into force from 26th December 2023 and 7th May 2024.

This amendment has no direct relevance to environmental matters.

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