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Why a Sussex council is stalling schemes affecting a key habitat

Why a Sussex council is stalling schemes affecting a key habitat

A Sussex council's block on new traffic-generating development and its decision to lower its housing targets have caused confusion and concern among applicants and neighbouring authorities.

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High Court rejects government's bid to delay air quality plan

High Court rejects government's bid to delay air quality plan

The High Court has rejected the government's legal bid to delay publication of its draft air quality plan until the end of June and ordered it to publish the document immediately after next month's local elections.

Urban densification key to climate fight, says report

Urban densification key to climate fight, says report

The creation of 'dense and energy-efficient cities' is key to cutting carbon emissions, according to a report by a business-led commission on energy and climate change.

High Court to hear government's case for air quality plan delay on Thursday

High Court to hear government's case for air quality plan delay on Thursday

The government's bid to delay publication of its draft air quality plan until the end of June will be considered at a specially convened High Court hearing on Thursday, according to information from environmental legal activists ClientEarth.

DEFRA makes last-minute bid to postpone draft Air Quality Plan

DEFRA makes last-minute bid to postpone draft Air Quality Plan

The government has made a last-minute application to the High Court to postpone the publication of its draft national plan to tackle air pollution.

How the 'Great Repeal Bill' could affect the planning system

How the 'Great Repeal Bill' could affect the planning system

Environmentalists fear that plans to write existing European Union (EU) regulations into UK law could result in a weakening of environmental protections, but experts believe that the government will be too preoccupied with the technicalities of Brexit to attempt significant change.

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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.

EIA revisions are going to happen, whether the Brexiteers like it or not, by Jamie Carpenter

Two consultation documents, published recently by the devolved Scottish and Welsh governments, serve as a reminder that Britain will remain a full member of the European Union (EU) for some time to come, despite June's vote in favour of Brexit.

Legal Viewpoint: Court tests limits on scope for MPs to lobby ministers

A Court of Appeal ruling on a wind farm proposal in South Northamptonshire may not have provided the developers with the result they wanted, |but it does provide a steer on the scope for lobbying ministers making quasi-judicial decisions, including the determination of planning appeals.

Permissions discord can be solved, by Angus Walker

A tension is building on the subject of flexibility in permissions, with the promoters of nationally significant infrastructure projects on one side, and those affected by projects and the Planning Inspectorate on the other.

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How we did it: Mitigating homes' impact with green space

How we did it: Mitigating homes' impact with green space

The provision of green spaces near a new housing development in Berkshire is helping to protect rare habitats, reports David Dewar.

What new court cost rules mean for objectors and councils

What new court cost rules mean for objectors and councils

Environmental groups fear that new court costs rules could deter all but the wealthy from pursuing environmental legal challenges, but other observers say that the changes could level the playing field for local authorities and that there may prove to be ways for objectors to avoid greater exposure to costs.

Policy Briefing: Why planners need to know about air quality policy

Policy Briefing: Why planners need to know about air quality policy

With air pollution receiving greater attention, planners need to give increasing consideration to the issue, says Justine Thornton QC.

How we did it: Moving solar farm to protect grassland

How we did it: Moving solar farm to protect grassland

An energy firm worked with Natural England to protect sensitive Dorset downland by relocating a solar farm. David Dewar reports.