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Council puts district-wide block on traffic-generating proposals

Council puts district-wide block on traffic-generating proposals

An East Sussex authority has placed a moratorium on any new development within its boundaries that could generate additional traffic following concerns over the sensitivity of a special area of conservation (SAC) to nitrogen dioxide pollution from motor vehicles.

Green belt 'often biggest constraint' to sustainable energy and waste developments

Green belt 'often biggest constraint' to sustainable energy and waste developments

The green belt is often the 'biggest constraint' in bringing closed waste and minerals sites back into sustainable, productive use, according to a report on how the planning system can help deliver a circular economy.

Government sets out plan to transpose EU environmental rules

Government sets out plan to transpose EU environmental rules

The government has said that its Great Repeal Bill will ensure that the 'whole body' of existing EU environmental law 'continues to have effect in UK law' after Brexit, but opposition politicians have expressed concern that the proposals would give ministers 'sweeping powers' to change regulations.

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How policy changes stalled the delivery of cheap rural homes

How policy changes stalled the delivery of cheap rural homes

Observers attribute a sharp drop in the number of affordable homes delivered on rural exception sites to recent policy shifts that made landowners fear that housing delivered on such sites would not remain affordable in perpetuity.

Five key messages from Labour on rural planning

Five key messages from Labour on rural planning

Earlier this month, shadow environment secretary Rachael Maskell gave a keynote speech to the annual British Institute of Agricultural Consultants rural planning conference. Here is what we learned.

Are councils still sceptical about barn conversions?

Are councils still sceptical about barn conversions?

Last year we found that more than two thirds of applications to convert barns to homes under new rights were being refused. Has this changed, asks David Dewar.

How National Park boundary extensions could affect planning

How National Park boundary extensions could affect planning

Boundary extensions that "virtually join" the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Lake District National Park have taken effect, but planning policies for the expanded areas will remain a potential source of confusion for some time.