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High Court quashes parts of South Downs joint core strategy

High Court quashes parts of South Downs joint core strategy

An East Sussex council had succeeded in its efforts to quash parts of a joint core strategy put together by two neighbouring local authorities.

Court of Appeal overturns Buckinghamshire crematorium approval

Court of Appeal overturns Buckinghamshire crematorium approval

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'.

Road building 'creates car-dependent communities'

Road building 'creates car-dependent communities'

Road building leads to a 'pattern of land development' that relies on people using cars to access housing and car-dependent business and retail parks, a report has concluded.

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Clark approves Cheshire gas storage facility

Clark approves Cheshire gas storage facility

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.

Smart cities body announces winners of 'digitally enabled planning system' competition

Smart cities body announces winners of 'digitally enabled planning system' competition

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'.

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Floating wind farm given green light by Scottish ministers

Floating wind farm given green light by Scottish ministers

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.

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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.

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What new court cost rules mean for objectors and councils

What new court cost rules mean for objectors and councils

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.

Policy Briefing: Why planners need to know about air quality policy

Policy Briefing: Why planners need to know about air quality policy

With air pollution receiving greater attention, planners need to give increasing consideration to the issue, says Justine Thornton QC.

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.

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.