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CIL Watch: Surrey authority proposes lower CIL rate for schemes in 'buffer zone'

CIL Watch: Surrey authority proposes lower CIL rate for schemes in 'buffer zone'

Residential developments near to a Special Protection Area (SPA) would be required to pay a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charge of more than £400 per square metre on top of an existing tariff intended to mitigate the effects of development on the designated landscape under proposals unveiled this week by a Surrey council.

Tougher parking restrictions mooted in London mayor's draft transport plan

Tougher parking restrictions mooted in London mayor's draft transport plan

Plans to introduce tougher car parking restrictions in new developments in London, including making those best-served by public transport completely car-free, have been revealed in the mayor's new draft transport strategy.

Court of Appeal overturns Welsh wind turbine approval

Court of Appeal overturns Welsh wind turbine approval

The Court of Appeal has overturned a planning permission for a single wind turbine on a farm in Wales, after ruling that its impact on a nearby listed church had been ignored.

Plans submitted for new Cumbrian coal mine

Plans submitted for new Cumbrian coal mine

Plans have been submitted for a new underground coal mine at a site in Cumbria.

High Court backs Cambridgeshire quarry extension approval

High Court backs Cambridgeshire quarry extension approval

An extension to a long-established limestone quarry in Cambridgeshire's fenland has been approved by the High Court.

Anti-fracking group wins right to appeal court decision

Anti-fracking group wins right to appeal court decision

Campaigners fighting a government decision to approve a fracking site in Lancashire have been granted leave to appeal the High Court's decision to reject their legal challenge against the approval.

Latest Environment Opinion

Lessons from the Dust Bowl have been forgotten, by Cliff Hague

If voters have had enough of "experts", where does this leave planners?

Green regulation extends its reach, by Angus Walker

From 16 May, a new regime of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) will come into force, based on a revised EIA Directive issued by the European Union.

The new air quality plan is likely to herald even closer scrutiny of the issue, by Richard Garlick.

The government's claim that it could not publish its draft air quality plan until after the election sounded suspect from the outset.

Legal Viewpoint: Shale fund payments plan tests planning boundaries

Last month, the Treasury published a consultation on its proposed Shale Wealth Fund. The fund, which would redistribute tax revenue from shale gas production, was originally expected to be paid to local councils, but the government now proposes to pay individual residents as well.

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Policy Summary: Welsh government plans for mandatory sustainable urban drainage systems

Policy Summary: Welsh government plans for mandatory sustainable urban drainage systems

Policy: Implementation of Sustainable Drainage Systems on New Developments - Consultation document.

Policy Summary: Framework for implementing clean air areas in high pollution zones

Policy Summary: Framework for implementing clean air areas in high pollution zones

Policy: Clean Air Zone Framework

How the government's air quality plan will affect the spread of clean air zones

How the government's air quality plan will affect the spread of clean air zones

The draft UK air quality plan that campaigners finally dragged out of a reluctant government earlier this month indicates that there will be a sharp increase in zones across England in which targeted action is taken to improve air quality. But where these new zones will be, and how stringent the measures they will implement, is not yet clear.

Policy Summary: Guidance on new cycling and walking plans for local authorities

Policy Summary: Guidance on new cycling and walking plans for local authorities

Policy: Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans: Technical Guidance for Local Authorities.