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Wales moves to make SuDS requirements mandatory

Wales moves to make SuDS requirements mandatory

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.

Environmental campaigners sound warning over Tory manifesto fracking plans

Environmental campaigners sound warning over Tory manifesto fracking plans

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.

Senior judge overturns block on four Scottish offshore wind farms

Senior judge overturns block on four Scottish offshore wind farms

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.

Judge dismisses legal challenge against secretary of state power line approval

Judge dismisses legal challenge against secretary of state power line approval

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.

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Derbyshire receives first fracking test proposal

Derbyshire receives first fracking test proposal

Derbyshire County Council has received its first planning application to explore shale gas prospects, involving a site in the north-east of the county.

Court of Appeal backs council over parking permit powers

Court of Appeal backs council over parking permit powers

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.

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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.

The new air quality plan is likely to herald even closer scrutiny of the issue, by Richard Garlick.

The government's claim that it could not publish its draft air quality plan until after the election sounded suspect from the outset.

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.

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Policy Summary: Framework for implementing clean air areas in high pollution zones

Policy Summary: Framework for implementing clean air areas in high pollution zones

Policy: Clean Air Zone Framework

How the government's air quality plan will affect the spread of clean air zones

How the government's air quality plan will affect the spread of clean air zones

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 Summary: Guidance on new cycling and walking plans for local authorities

Policy Summary: Guidance on new cycling and walking plans for local authorities

Policy: Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans: Technical Guidance for Local Authorities.

Why a Sussex council is stalling schemes affecting a key habitat

Why a Sussex council is stalling schemes affecting a key habitat

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.