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Government vows infrastructure push to drive industrial strategy

Government vows infrastructure push to drive industrial strategy

The government will use additional infrastructure funding to unlock growth and help more evenly distribute economic prosperity across the country, according to its industrial strategy, published yesterday.

Javid blocks South Devon AONB wind turbine

Javid blocks South Devon AONB wind turbine

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has refused permission for plans to build a single wind turbine within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), ruling that the benefits of the proposal would be outweigh by harm to the AONB and the setting of a number of heritage assets.

Scottish government consults on fees to recover mining operations monitoring costs

Scottish government consults on fees to recover mining operations monitoring costs

Owners of surface coal mines could have to pay £500 per site visit by local authorities for monitoring mining permissions under proposals in a consultation published today.

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.

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Mayoral candidates clash over Greater Manchester spatial plan

Mayoral candidates clash over Greater Manchester spatial plan

Candidates for May's Greater Manchester mayoral election have clashed over the city-region's draft spatial framework, with Labour's Andy Burnham calling for a 'radical rewrite' that results in a 'substantial' reduction in green belt loss and Lib Dem candidate Jane Brophy calling for the plan to be axed entirely.

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Review backs Swansea Bay tidal lagoon and calls for national policy statement on such schemes

Review backs Swansea Bay tidal lagoon and calls for national policy statement on such schemes

A national policy statement (NPS) should be produced to help assess tidal energy schemes and to designate suitable sites for such projects, according to a government-commissioned review which has backed the case for an already-consented scheme in Swansea Bay.

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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.

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!

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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.

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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

Three lessons from our event on post-Brexit planning

Three lessons from our event on post-Brexit planning

Planning rules based on European law are likely to take many years to change despite the Brexit vote, a London conference organised by Planning heard yesterday. Here are three key messages to emerge from the event.

What an air quality ruling means  for infrastructure schemes

What an air quality ruling means for infrastructure schemes

Commentators say that major infrastructure schemes could face closer scrutiny of air quality impacts and greater vulnerability to legal challenge following a court judgement that ruled that the government's air quality plan (AQP) is unlawful.

How the government's infrastructure adviser will assess long-term needs

How the government's infrastructure adviser will assess long-term needs

An assessment of the UK's needs being drawn up by the government's infrastructure adviser will consider the interactions between housing and infrastructure, but is unlikely to take the form of a national spatial plan.