An East Sussex council had succeeded in its efforts to quash parts of a joint core strategy put together by two neighbouring local authorities.
A planning permission for a new crematorium on the edge of Aylesbury has been overturned at the Court of Appeal after a judge ruled that advice on the application the council had received from a planning officer was 'defective in law'.
The secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy Greg Clark has approved plans for an underground gas storage capable of holding 500 million cubic metres of gas at a site in Cheshire.
A government-backed centre of excellence in urban innovation has awarded a share of £200,000 to nine small businesses to progress their ideas to create a more 'data-driven and digitally enabled planning system'.1 comment
An eight-turbine floating offshore wind farm around 15 kilometres south-east of Aberdeen has been given the green light by Scotland's energy minister Paul Wheelhouse, despite an objection from wildlife charity RSPB Scotland.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
With air pollution receiving greater attention, planners need to give increasing consideration to the issue, says Justine Thornton QC.
An energy firm worked with Natural England to protect sensitive Dorset downland by relocating a solar farm. David Dewar reports.
Major energy projects in Wales will soon benefit from a simplification of the planning regime following the devolution of powers from Westminster.