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Police review 'letters of concern' over Welsh solar farm approval

Police review 'letters of concern' over Welsh solar farm approval

Police are looking into whether to launch an inquiry into allegations related to a planning consent for what would be Wales' largest solar farm.

What the government's green plan could mean for planners

What the government's green plan could mean for planners

A new national strategy for the environment could bring benefits as long as careful attention is given to detailed arrangements for putting it into practice, conservation experts are warning.

Campaigners vow to take Lancashire fracking fight to Supreme Court

Campaigners vow to take Lancashire fracking fight to Supreme Court

Environmental campaigners have said that they intend to take their fight to overturn a government decision to approve a fracking site in Lancashire to the Supreme Court, after the Court of Appeal rejected their latest legal challenge.

Government's green plan pledges 'strengthened' planning rules and 'enhanced' green belt

Government's green plan pledges 'strengthened' planning rules and 'enhanced' green belt

The government is to consult on 'strengthening' requirements for planning authorities to ensure 'environmental net gains' from development across their areas and will introduce measures to 'enhance' the green belt, its new 25-year environmental plan has revealed.

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Campaigners call for new habitat creation to be standard feature in all new developments

Campaigners call for new habitat creation to be standard feature in all new developments

Creating new wildlife habitats should be a standard feature of all new housing development, wherever it is, according to new guidelines published today by environmental campaigners.

Plans for Cumbria gas plant and battery storage scheme refused

Plans for Cumbria gas plant and battery storage scheme refused

A Cumbrian council has refused plans for a gas-fired power plant and battery storage facility, after planners flagged concerns about access and surface water management issues.

Latest Environment Opinion

Air quality uncertainty is now a serious concern for infrastructure promoters, by Richard Garlick

Delays in decision-making on Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) used to be an exceptional circumstance. Only one of the first 42 decisions missed the three month decision deadline. But suddenly they are becoming commonplace.

Legal Viewpoint: Aarhus cost-capping rules clarified in court judgment

The High Court has handed down judgment on a challenge by three non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to the Civil Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2017.

Brexit's effect on environmental law, by Angus Walker

There are just under 19 months left until 'exit day' - the departure from the European Union currently planned for 29 March 2019. The third round of Brexit negotiations has started, but what has happened so far about planning?

Why changing car technology will challenge planners, by Richard Garlick

It seems increasingly likely that the car industry will change radically within the next twenty years or so. Both the UK and France have recently committed to ban the sale of new petrol cars by 2040, and electric car manufacturer Tesla has just released its first vehicle intended for the mass market.

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Policy Briefing: What planners need to know about driverless cars

Policy Briefing: What planners need to know about driverless cars

Planners need to start preparing now for the future impacts of autonomous vehicles, Matthew White suggests.

Why the list of prospective large nuclear sites is unlikely to change

Why the list of prospective large nuclear sites is unlikely to change

A proposed update to the national policy statement for large nuclear power stations does not suggest the addition of new sites.

Policy Summary: National planning policy set to streamline consent process for water resources

Policy Summary: National planning policy set to streamline consent process for water resources

Policy: Consultation on developing a National Policy Statement for water resources and proposed amendments to the Planning Act 2008.

13 things you need to know about the draft London plan

13 things you need to know about the draft London plan

The draft revised version of the London Plan was published for consultation this week. We highlight 13 things you need to know about the key proposed policy changes.