The government has confirmed it will push ahead with plans for a new biodiversity net gain policy. But observers warn that the move could place extra burdens on both councils and developers.
Plans to build a 600-holiday lodge adventure resort on a 133-hectare former forestry plantation have been approved after officers advised that the economic benefits of the development would outweigh any environmental harm.
The shortlist has been announced for this year's Planning Awards. As well as recognising outstanding professional planning work, the awards reward excellence in planning-related activities such as placemaking, urban design, economic development, housing, regeneration, legal advice and environmental consulting.
Plans have been approved for a new coal mine on a former chemical works site in Cumbria after planners accepted the applicant's arguments that the scheme would cut carbon emissions by reducing the need to import coal from overseas, as well as delivering significant local economic benefits.
A judge has upheld a Welsh minister's decision to approve a seven-turbine wind farm, against a recommendation for refusal from a planning inspector, after concluding that the minister had clearly understood the importance of preserving the setting of nearby scheduled ancient monuments.
A planning inspector has written to Harrogate Borough Council asking it to delete 11 housing sites totalling more than 1,000 homes from its local plan because of their potential impact on protected landscapes and heritage assets.
Earlier this month, the High Court handed down judgment on a challenge to the secretary of state's decision to publish the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) on the basis that it should have undergone strategic environmental assessment (SEA).
Beware collateral impacts for the planning system arising from a draft bill published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) just before Christmas.
Two recent cases in the EU Court of Justice - People Over Wind and Sweetman v Coillte Teoranta and Sweetman v An Bord Pleanála, both relating to sites in Ireland - will affect all projects that have habitats implications.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is consulting on whether, and if so how, shale gas or fracking projects - which term you prefer seems to indicate whether you are for or against them - should be brought within the Planning Act 2008 regime as a new type of nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP).
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POLICY: Clean Air Strategy 2019.
Following a successful judicial review against a paragraph in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) setting out support for fracking, planning law experts believe the government will probably reconsult on the policy or reconsider the responses it received to the original consultation.
A change to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in relation to the weight decision-makers should give development in or near protected habitats where there is an inadequate housing land supply should make it easier for such schemes to gain consent, say observers.
POLICY: The Infrastructure Planning (Water Resources) (England) Order 2019.