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Government sets timetable for delivery of local authority air quality plans

Government sets timetable for delivery of local authority air quality plans

Local authorities will have to bring forward plans to improve air quality within eight months and produce final plans by the end of 2018, according to the government's air quality plan which was published today.

Decision times slip for major Scottish applications

Decision times slip for major Scottish applications

The average time taken to reach planning decisions on major schemes in Scotland has gone up by 19 per cent over the past year and is now at its slowest since the start of data collection for this area in 2012/13, latest official statistics reveal.

Government to review planning rules to boost emerging energy storage industry

Government to review planning rules to boost emerging energy storage industry

The government is to review the planning system to look at whether it could be simplified to allow the development of local energy storage facilities, according to a plan to transform how homes and businesses store and use energy.

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Javid allows 820 homes in Tees Valley strategic gap

Javid allows 820 homes in Tees Valley strategic gap

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has given the go-ahead for a scheme comprising more than 820 homes in the Tees Valley, dismissing the local council's concerns over the impact of the development on a strategic gap.

Environmental partnership details Solent development tariff plan

Environmental partnership details Solent development tariff plan

Developers planning to build new homes near the coast of the Solent would have to pay up to £880 per dwelling to help fund environmental conservation projects, under plans in a consultation document.

Clark approves Welsh gas-fired power plant

Clark approves Welsh gas-fired power plant

Business and energy secretary Greg Clark has approved plans for a gas-fired power station in Wales after concluding that the national need for such infrastructure weighed heavily in its favour.

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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How we did it: Piloting a newt licensing strategy

How we did it: Piloting a newt licensing strategy

A Surrey council is piloting a streamlined licensing system to ease conflicts over protected newt habitats, John Geoghegan reports.

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.

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