The Environment Bill: six things you need to know

The Environment Bill: six things you need to know

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) yesterday published its much-anticipated Environment Bill. Here are six things you need to know about it.

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The government has said it will "do more work to address viability concerns" raised in a consultation on its environmental net gain proposal and is considering several "narrow exemptions" to the policy, including for residential self-build and for certain types of brownfield land development.

Planning lawyer Michael Gallimore to join Town Legal as partner

Planning lawyer Michael Gallimore to join Town Legal as partner

Law firm Town Legal has announced that it has appointed top-ranking planning solicitor Michael Gallimore as a partner in its London office.

Government reverses position on 50MW NSIP threshold for energy storage projects

Government reverses position on 50MW NSIP threshold for energy storage projects

The government has u-turned on plans to retain the 50MW threshold above which planning applications for energy storage projects are required to be considered under the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) regime.

Developer 'fined £300,000 for felling protected trees'

Developer 'fined £300,000 for felling protected trees'

Reports that a property developer and his company have been fined £300,000 "after felling one of Britain's oldest giant redwoods" feature in today's newspaper round-up.


How the 'freedom' to demolish office buildings for new homes would work

How the 'freedom' to demolish office buildings for new homes would work

The government has renewed its plans to allow offices to be demolished and replaced with new homes. But the latest proposals envisage more control over the consent process for councils than previously suggested. Some commentators say this will soften council opposition. But others raise concerns about loss of commercial floorspace and a lack of developer interest.

What the upwards extension permitted development right would mean for planners

What the upwards extension permitted development right would mean for planners

A proposed permitted development right for upward extensions would be subject to prior approval design checks, the government has confirmed. Practitioners say interest in using the right will be strongest in urban areas, but warn that it could generate widespread community objections

Legal Viewpoint: Keeping an eye on the time in prior approval applications

Legal Viewpoint: Keeping an eye on the time in prior approval applications

The High Court has confirmed that local planning authorities do not have the power to extend the determination period for prior approval applications where the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) specifies a deadline for determination.

Planners are accessories to today's housing crimes, by Graeme Bell

Planners are accessories to today's housing crimes, by Graeme Bell

The yacht lurches, the mooring lines groan, the halyards slap noisily against the mast, rain lashes the pontoon. I write this from the cabin of a yacht on the south coast, storm bound as the last knockings of Hurricane Lorenzo pass through.

How we did it: Consulting on strategic sites quickly and cheaply

How we did it: Consulting on strategic sites quickly and cheaply

Bringing together site promoters and local residents was key to East Hampshire District Council's speedy large sites consultation, writes Mark Wilding.

The urban design elite needs to make better use of data, by Euan Mills

The urban design elite needs to make better use of data, by Euan Mills

Architecture and design are often misconstrued as being the most subjective areas in the shaping of the built environment. Finding consensus on what 'good looks like' has always been challenging.

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