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Energy firm makes first payment to shale gas community benefit fund

Energy firm makes first payment to shale gas community benefit fund

Energy firm Cuadrilla has this week made its first community payment under a new scheme to provide local benefits in areas subject to shale gas exploration.

Controversial 'Garden Bridge' project officially scrapped

Controversial 'Garden Bridge' project officially scrapped

London's controversial 'Garden Bridge' project has been officially scrapped, the trust behind the scheme has announced today.

Mayor's environment strategy seeks to boost green infrastructure

Mayor's environment strategy seeks to boost green infrastructure

Proposals to boost green infrastructure in the revised London Plan, including more green roofs in new developments, are included in the mayor's draft environment strategy.

Cheshire council says no decisions were compromised by false air quality data

Cheshire council says no decisions were compromised by false air quality data

A Cheshire council that announced earlier this month that it was reviewing hundreds of planning decisions as a result of 'deliberate and systematic manipulation' of air quality data has concluded that no planning decisions were prejudiced by the false data.

Javid approves four Kent wind turbines

Javid approves four Kent wind turbines

The communities secretary has approved plans for four wind turbines on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent after concluding that it is 'difficult to understand' a council's refusal when the proposed site is located in an area it has identified as suitable for such development.

Bristol mulls planning changes as part of air quality plan

Bristol mulls planning changes as part of air quality plan

Details of a pollution-busting plan for Bristol - including four options for a potential clean air zone backed up by changes to planning policy - have been revealed.

Latest Environment Opinion

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.

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.

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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.

Policy Briefing: What does mayor's transport strategy mean for planning?

Policy Briefing: What does mayor's transport strategy mean for planning?

The mayor of London's draft transport strategy could reshape patterns of development over time, says Matthew Mainstone.

The implications of the government's proposed energy storage planning shake-up

The implications of the government's proposed energy storage planning shake-up

Steps to streamline the planning process for the deployment of rapidly-evolving energy storage technology follow confusion over how such schemes should be treated in the planning regime.

How we did it: Piloting a newt licensing strategy

How we did it: Piloting a newt licensing strategy

A Surrey council is piloting a streamlined licensing system to ease conflicts over protected newt habitats, John Geoghegan reports.