Major housing proposals of 5,000 units or more should be decided under the fast-track Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) planning regime, a report by a coalition of business, industry, academic and environment leaders has recommended.
Plans have been approved for a 22-turbine wind farm in the Scottish Highlands after Scotland's energy minister Paul Wheelhouse concluded that the scheme's 'significant' impact on wild land would be outweighed by its benefits.
Plans have been approved for a biomass-based anaerobic digestion plant at Sparsholt in Hampshire after planners concluded that transport concerns which led to a previous planning refusal had been addressed.
The communities secretary's decision to back exploratory works at two sites in Lancashire has been hailed as a major boost for the shale gas industry, but environmental campaigners are scrutinising the outcome for loopholes.
The government has committed to establishing its new infrastructure advisory body 'on a permanent footing', but it will not have a statutory underpinning.
The mayor of London has published a consultation document which proposes bringing forward the delivery of an ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) and expanding the area covered by the zone.
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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Last week, the government announced the National Infrastructure Commission would no longer have its independent status enshrined in law. Does the body still have teeth, Lee Baker asks.
Policy: Charter for the National Infrastructure Commission.
The number of applications from developers to frack for shale gas can be counted on the fingers of one hand. But can planning authorities expect many more in the years ahead, asks John Geoghegan.
The government has made life tough for onshore wind developers. But some areas want to ease their burden with pro-wind neighbourhood and local plans. Bryan Johnston reports.