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MPs call on changes to planning policy to address climate change impacts

MPs call on changes to planning policy to address climate change impacts

The government should update the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) to better protect human health from climate change and should review how effectively planning rules restricting the proliferation of fast food outlets are working, a Parliamentary committee report has said.

Appeal Court backs refusal of Gladman's 330-home Kent scheme over air quality concerns

Appeal Court backs refusal of Gladman's 330-home Kent scheme over air quality concerns

The Court of Appeal has confirmed a High Court ruling that a 330-home scheme, submitted by land promoter Gladman for countryside in Kent, was rightly refused at appeal in light of the UK's failure to meet the requirements of EU air quality standards.

Gateshead road scheme to support new housing and employment accepted for PINS examination

Gateshead road scheme to support new housing and employment accepted for PINS examination

A development consent order (DCO) application to widen a 6.5 km stretch of road south of Gateshead to help support "housing and employment developments planned for the area" has been accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate (PINS).

Local Plan Watch: New Forest National Park plan found sound

Local Plan Watch: New Forest National Park plan found sound

The New Forest National Park Authority has become one of the few authorities of its kind to have an up-to-date local plan pass examination.

Javid pledges 'infrastructure revolution' alongside local government spending boost

Javid pledges 'infrastructure revolution' alongside local government spending boost

Local government chiefs have welcomed "the biggest year-on-year real terms increase in spending power for local government in a decade," announced yesterday by chancellor Sajid Javid, who also pledged that the government would launch an "infrastructure revolution".

Devon council rejects 'inappropriate' gas-fired power plant

Devon council rejects 'inappropriate' gas-fired power plant

A Devon council has rejected plans for the construction of 20 gas-fired electricity generators on grounds including that the scheme would be "inappropriate development in the open countryside".

Latest Environment Opinion

Joining up the climate emergency dots, by Catriona Riddell

In May this year the government declared a climate change emergency which was soon followed by many local authorities across the country declaring their own climate change emergencies.

Third runway likely to break record, by Angus Walker

Heathrow Airport Ltd launched a statutory consultation on 18 June on its proposals to build a third runway and associated infrastructure. It is called "statutory" because it is required under the Planning Act 2008, which created the consenting system for nationally significant infrastructure projects, before an application can be made.

Climate change demands priority, by Graeme Bell

We have little more than a decade to save the world. I'll get onto that after I've written this report for a decision on a change of use from A1 to A5.

Developers risk ruin if they refuse to go green, by Chris Brown

We have a responsibility to consider our carbon use while building, says Chris Brown.

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Briefing: How plan-makers'assessment and sustainability checks are evolving

Briefing: How plan-makers'assessment and sustainability checks are evolving

Environmental and sustainability issues are growing in importance despite the uncertainty created by Brexit, writes Nick Chisholm-Batten.

Policy Summary: Guidance for local authorities on the role of planning in climate change adaptation

Policy Summary: Guidance for local authorities on the role of planning in climate change adaptation

POLICY: Preparing for a Changing Climate: Good Practice Guidance for Local Government.

Four new biodiversity net gain duties for councils and developers

Four new biodiversity net gain duties for councils and developers

The government's response to a consultation on biodiversity net gain proposals outlines a number of new requirements for local authorities and applicants in an effort to make sure future development improves the natural environment.

How we did it: Involving lots of locals in Lakes plan-making

How we did it: Involving lots of locals in Lakes plan-making

Seven per cent of Lake District residents responded to the park authority's draft local plan. Colin Marrs finds out why.