Environment

News and in-depth coverage of environmental issues and the effect of climate change on town planning.

Page Title RSS feed

Environment News

Green waste site applications fall by a fifth in past year

Green waste site applications fall by a fifth in past year

The number of planning applications to build environmentally friendly waste management sites has dropped by 20 per cent in the past year, according to new research.

How a devolution of powers will affect Welsh energy projects

How a devolution of powers will affect Welsh energy projects

Major energy projects in Wales will soon benefit from a simplification of the planning regime following the devolution of powers from Westminster.

The hurdles facing the third Heathrow runway

The hurdles facing the third Heathrow runway

The contents of a draft version of the document that will guide the planning decision on a third runway at Heathrow gives the airport the signal to start work on its application, while substantial obstacles still lie on the road ahead, say experts.

Javid refuses West Midlands solar farm proposal on green belt harm grounds

Javid refuses West Midlands solar farm proposal on green belt harm grounds

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has refused permission for a solar farm in the West Midlands, after concluding that the scheme's contribution to greenhouse gas reduction was outweighed by its harm to the green belt.

2 comments
Ministers approve works enabling full runway alternation at Heathrow

Ministers approve works enabling full runway alternation at Heathrow

Communities secretary Sajid Javid and transport secretary Chris Grayling have granted permission for measures intended to enable the full use of Heathrow's northern runway for easterly take-offs.

Government publishes policy statement to deliver Heathrow expansion

Government publishes policy statement to deliver Heathrow expansion

A new runway at Heathrow Airport will deliver the need for extra airport capacity as well as boosting domestic connectivity with other parts of the UK, the government said today.

Latest Environment Blogs & Opinion

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.

Prepare for applicants who take rejection well, by Chris Brown

Planners may be about to be hit by a tsunami of planning applications to install energy efficiency measures. And, bizarrely, many of the applicants will be seeking a refusal. And this could happen every five years!

1 comment

Paris agreement requires changes in plans to cut greenhouse gases, by Richard Garlick

We report in this week's edition that communities secretary Greg Clark has personally turned down eight solar farm schemes since the end of November.

Follow Us:
Planning Jobs

Policy Tracker

Development plans

Environment In Depth

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.

Policy Briefing: What proposed environmental assessment changes mean

Policy Briefing: What proposed environmental assessment changes mean

Changes to environmental impact assessment rules could produce new burdens for councils and developers, James Alflatt predicts.

What EIA revisions mean for practitioners

What EIA revisions mean for practitioners

Changes to EIA rules requiring the significant adverse effects of developments to be monitored could lead to uncertainty for applicants and place an additional burden on local planning authorities, according to experts.

Policy Summary: Fund to help authorities handle shale gas applications

Policy Summary: Fund to help authorities handle shale gas applications

Policy: Shale Exploration - Support for Mineral Planning Authorities