Energy secretary Alok Sharma has approved plans for a 1.8 gigawatt wind farm off the Norfolk coast, despite inspectors recommending that the project should be refused due to the potential impact on protected habitats.
A district council has been told to pay a local wildlife group £1,000 after failing to properly consider the impact that a planning application for a new housing estate might have on local bats, the local government watchdog has announced.
Government adviser says it must act "immediately" to seize coronavirus-created opportunity to tackle climate change
The government must act “immediately” to ensure that it takes the opportunities presented by the Covid-19 crisis to “deliver a robust answer to climate change”, its independent advisor on climate change has said.
Garden community proposals are being used by councils to finance major road schemes, undermining the government's claims that such communities would support public transport, walking and cycling, according to a report.
The housing secretary has refused plans for an energy-from waste facility in Cambridgeshire, after concluding that the scheme's benefits would not outweigh harm to a local scheduled ancient monument.
Campaigners have been granted permission to bring a judicial review against a local authority's consent for preparatory works for a new nuclear power plant in an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) in Suffolk.
Since, broadly speaking, the distant consequences of actions are more uncertain than the immediate consequences, it is seldom justifiable to embark on any policy on the ground that, though harmful in the present, it will be beneficial in the long run.”
In early March my wife and I were in Galicia touring the paradors, the heritage hotel chain run by the state.
With news that a third runway at Heathrow is being delayed, pretty much all the country's largest infrastructure projects are having problems of one sort or another.
The Environment Bill was published on 15 October. It contains a provision that every (with exceptions yet to be specified) new planning permission must include a condition that development cannot begin unless a "biodiversity gain plan" has been submitted and approved.
- Senior Compliance and Enforcement Officer Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Basingstoke, Hampshire
- Assistant Director: Chief Planner Wirral Council Brighton Street, Wallasey, Merseyside, CH44 8ED
- Planner (Development Management) Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council Neath Port Talbot (Castell-nedd Port Talbot)
- Principal Planning Officer Leicestershire County Council Leicestershire
- Principal Planning Officer Teignbridge District Council Newton Abbot, Devon
Why Epping Forest Council's block on 100-plus housing applications due to air quality concerns is set to last for a while
Following Natural England concerns about the impact of new housing on air quality in a protected woodland, an Essex council has put the processing of more than 100 planning applications on hold, while the examination of its 11,400-home draft local plan has also ground to a half. Both the council and observers do not expect a solution to the planning impasse any time soon.
Experts predict that last week's landmark Court of Appeal ruling on Heathrow expansion will have wide-ranging consequences for how climate change is treated by the planning system and potentially puts a series of projects and policy documents at risk.
The government's announcement of support for the High Speed Two project after months of uncertainty signals the resumption of years' worth of determining applications for local authorities and opportunities for consultants, say observers.
How the revised legislation will affect applicants and authorities. By Isabella Kaminski.