The communities secretary has refused plans for a 5.25MW solar farm on a 10-hectare site within the Surrey green belt after he agreed with an inspector that 'very special circumstances' did not exist to justify the development.
A varying approach to a national policy intended to restrict 'major development' in national parks has led to a number of recent major developments being granted permission that threaten the protected areas' beauty, according to a report published today.
A High Court judge has backed a Nottinghamshire council's approval of a single wind turbine in the green belt.
The government has announced a new tranche of funding worth £800,000 that councils can bid for to help them deal with shale gas planning applications.
Scottish ministers have given the green light to a 400MW hydro power station in Dumfries and Galloway, ruling that the proposed facility would help the Scottish government achieve its low carbon objectives.
Local plans are failing to prepare for the effects of climate change, national planning policy on development viability is hampering effective action on the issue, and the duty to cooperate places 'little to no emphasis' on cross-boundary climate change issues, a report has concluded.
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.
Planners may be about to be hit by a tsunami of planning applications to install energy efficiency measures. And, bizarrely, many of the applicants will be seeking a refusal. And this could happen every five years!1 comment
We report in this week's edition that communities secretary Greg Clark has personally turned down eight solar farm schemes since the end of November.
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Planning rules based on European law are likely to take many years to change, a London conference organised by Planning heard yesterday. Here are three key messages to emerge from the event.
Commentators say that major infrastructure schemes could face closer scrutiny of air quality impacts and greater vulnerability to legal challenge following a court judgement that ruled that the government's air quality plan (AQP) is unlawful.
An assessment of the UK's needs being drawn up by the government's infrastructure adviser will consider the interactions between housing and infrastructure, but is unlikely to take the form of a national spatial plan.
A series of planning hurdles must be overcome before a final planning go-ahead for a third runway at Heathrow is achieved, according to experts.