All new developments in Wales would be required to have a sustainable drainage system that meets mandatory national standards under proposals published by the Welsh government.
Reports that environmental campaigners have warned that Conservative manifesto plans to overhaul the planning process for fracking 'goes against the Tories' own localism agenda' feature in today's newspaper round-up.
Scotland's most senior judge has overturned a judicial ruling last year which blocked plans for four large offshore wind farms over concerns about their possible impacts on bird populations.
A High Court judge has rejected an attempt to overturn a secretary of state decision to approve an electricity line that would connect two wind farms to the national grid, dismissing arguments that the minister had failed to properly assess heritage impacts.1 comment
Derbyshire County Council has received its first planning application to explore shale gas prospects, involving a site in the north-east of the county.
A Court of Appeal judge has come down on the side of a London council in a dispute over whether authorities have the right to impose restrictions on whether residents of new developments are entitled to apply for local parking permits.
From 16 May, a new regime of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) will come into force, based on a revised EIA Directive issued by the European Union.
The government's claim that it could not publish its draft air quality plan until after the election sounded suspect from the outset.
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.
- Planner London Borough of Bromley Ealing, London (Greater)
- Head of Development Horsham District Council Horsham, West Sussex
- Director of Planning- Manchester Peter Brett Associates Greater Manchester
- Planning Officer- Strategic Planner Southend-on-Sea Borough Council Southend-on-Sea
- Planning Associate FMCV Ltd Cambridge
Policy: Clean Air Zone Framework
The draft UK air quality plan that campaigners finally dragged out of a reluctant government earlier this month indicates that there will be a sharp increase in zones across England in which targeted action is taken to improve air quality. But where these new zones will be, and how stringent the measures they will implement, is not yet clear.
Policy: Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans: Technical Guidance for Local Authorities.
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.