Local authorities will have to bring forward plans to improve air quality within eight months and produce final plans by the end of 2018, according to the government's air quality plan which was published today.
The average time taken to reach planning decisions on major schemes in Scotland has gone up by 19 per cent over the past year and is now at its slowest since the start of data collection for this area in 2012/13, latest official statistics reveal.
The government is to review the planning system to look at whether it could be simplified to allow the development of local energy storage facilities, according to a plan to transform how homes and businesses store and use energy.1 comment
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has given the go-ahead for a scheme comprising more than 820 homes in the Tees Valley, dismissing the local council's concerns over the impact of the development on a strategic gap.
Developers planning to build new homes near the coast of the Solent would have to pay up to £880 per dwelling to help fund environmental conservation projects, under plans in a consultation document.
Business and energy secretary Greg Clark has approved plans for a gas-fired power station in Wales after concluding that the national need for such infrastructure weighed heavily in its favour.
If voters have had enough of "experts", where does this leave planners?
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.
- Planning Consultant Macdonald & Co London (central)
- BUILDINGS FOR MISSION SECRETARY The Church of England Diocese of Durham Durham (City/Town)
- Urban Designer Plymouth City Council Plymouth, Devon
- Planning Officer Plymouth City Council Plymouth, Devon
- Planning Compliance Officer Plymouth City Council Plymouth, Devon
A Surrey council is piloting a streamlined licensing system to ease conflicts over protected newt habitats, John Geoghegan reports.
Residential developments near to a Special Protection Area (SPA) would be required to pay a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charge of more than £400 per square metre on top of an existing tariff intended to mitigate the effects of development on the designated landscape under proposals unveiled this week by a Surrey council.
Policy: Implementation of Sustainable Drainage Systems on New Developments - Consultation document.
Policy: Clean Air Zone Framework