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Cheshire East declares five new air quality action zones following data correction

Cheshire East declares five new air quality action zones following data correction

A Cheshire council has declared five new zones where pollution exceeds government targets as a result of correcting air quality data that was underreported in mysterious circumstances, Planning can reveal.

Cheshire police launch air quality data probe

Cheshire police launch air quality data probe

Police have launched an investigation after a Cheshire council flagged concerns about 'deliberate and systematic manipulation' of its air quality data.

Plans approved for Lancashire green belt link road

Plans approved for Lancashire green belt link road

Plans have been approved for a new 1.3-km link road within the Lancashire green belt despite planners recognising that there would be 'significant impacts on ecological interests'.

Go-ahead for 18-turbine Scottish wind farm

Go-ahead for 18-turbine Scottish wind farm

Scottish ministers have approved plans for an 18-turbine wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway, in line with a recommendation from a reporter who concluded that negative landscape and tourism impacts would be acceptable.

Swindon energy-from-waste plant refused planning consent

Swindon energy-from-waste plant refused planning consent

Plans have been refused for an energy-from-waste plant on a site on the edge of Swindon after planners concluded that the applicant had failed to demonstrate the need for the facility.

Campaigners win High Court fight over court costs changes

Campaigners win High Court fight over court costs changes

A High Court judge has ruled that elements of the government's new court costs rules which campaigners claimed would deter all but the wealthy from pursuing environmental legal challenges must be amended.

Latest Environment Opinion

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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Lessons from the Dust Bowl have been forgotten, by Cliff Hague

If voters have had enough of "experts", where does this leave planners?

Green regulation extends its reach, by Angus Walker

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.

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Why police are investigating attempts to doctor a council's air quality data

Why police are investigating attempts to doctor a council's air quality data

Did a desire to manipulate the planning process cause Cheshire air quality data to be doctored, asks Catherine Early.

Policy Briefing: How London's environmental strategy could affect planners

Policy Briefing: How London's environmental strategy could affect planners

The challenges in making London the first National Park City can be overcome with careful planning, says Ben Kite.

Why there are fresh questions over the third runway at Heathrow

Why there are fresh questions over the third runway at Heathrow

A delay to the timetable for MPs to vote on the policy statement that will guide the planning decision on Heathrow's expansion and reports that the Labour Party may withdraw its support for the project have raised questions over the future of the scheme.

How national air quality strategy will affect local planning

How national air quality strategy will affect local planning

Council planners will come under pressure to take more notice of air quality considerations under the government's action plan to tackle nitrogen dioxide emissions, experts predict.