Brexit provides an opportunity to review the way planning policies protect the environment, according to a study by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).
A reporter has granted an appeal against the decision of a Scottish council to refuse permission for a nine-turbine wind farm, after he concluded that there would be no significant landscape impacts arising from the scheme.
Local authorities suffer from a lack of 'collective awareness' of the potential for planning powers to promote better health, according to a report by the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA).
The Planning Inspectorate's determination of a development consent order (DCO) application for the Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station is set to continue while applicant Horizon assesses the future of the troubled project, it has been revealed.
Plans have been submitted for a new 6.2km link road in Cornwall, which its promoters claim would 'support continued housing development' and enhance 'the viability of commercial land development and the generation of new employment space'.
The government will reconsider a decision by the communities secretary last year in which he refused to revoke a developer's planning consent for an opencast mine in County Durham, after the housing ministry admitted there had been a 'flaw' in the minister's decision-making process.
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).
Sack staff, cut pay, close libraries, sell off assets. Local authorities across the UK have got the austerity message.
- Principal Urban Designer / Landscape Officer Swale Borough Council Swale, Kent
- Principal Planning Officer - Spatial Planning Swale Borough Council Swale, Kent
- 2 X Planning Officer / Senior Planning Officers – Development Management Swale Borough Council Swale, Kent
- Spatial Planning Manager Lewis Davey CB Civic Centre, Wembley Park, London (Central)
- Planner/Senior Planner Turley Reading, Berkshire
New proposals requiring developers to leave habitats in a better condition after their scheme is built have prompted some conservation groups to claim they could allow developers to pay to "destroy nature". However, commentators say such fears are misplaced.
The latest European Court ruling on protected habitats indicates that developers and planners should take a broader approach to assessing the impacts of plans and projects on such zones, though experts are divided on the significance of the ruling.
POLICY: Compulsory community pre-application consultation for shale gas development.
Government plans to leave environmental regulations virtually untouched after Brexit give welcome clarity to the sector but are unlikely to have much immediate impact on development activity, say observers.