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Bristol to Portishead rail link development consent application submitted

Bristol to Portishead rail link development consent application submitted

An application for a development consent order (DCO) to construct a new railway line between Bristol and Portishead has been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS).

Development consent applications submitted for 230 North Sea wind turbines

Development consent applications submitted for 230 North Sea wind turbines

Applications have been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) for two 115-turbine wind farms off the coast of Suffolk.

Energy secretary delays decision on troubled Wylfa nuclear plant

Energy secretary delays decision on troubled Wylfa nuclear plant

The energy secretary has delayed a planning decision on the troubled Wylfa nuclear power station in north Wales by five months in order to carry out additional consultation on issues including environmental mitigation.

Government formerly designates nuclear storage policy statement

Government formerly designates nuclear storage policy statement

The government has formally designated its national policy statement (NPS) for geological disposal, setting out the national need for underground nuclear waste infrastructure and the criteria against which the energy secretary would decide development consent order applications for such a facility.

Major Infrastructure In Depth & Comment

Why the country's biggest infrastructure projects have hit problems, by Angus Walker

Why the country's biggest infrastructure projects have hit problems, by Angus Walker

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.

Seven key tasks in the new government's in-tray

Seven key tasks in the new government's in-tray

Some key areas of unfinished business face the new Conservative government. Below, we outline seven of the most significant tasks.

How the Tory pledge to review the Oxbridge Expressway will affect the road corridor's development

How the Tory pledge to review the Oxbridge Expressway will affect the road corridor's development

A promise by the transport secretary during the general election campaign to review a proposed new expressway between Oxford and Cambridge has prompted concerns about the government's commitment to housing growth in the area and looks set to further delay planning work based on the proposal.

Why the business secretary overruled an inspector's recommendation and approved a gas-fired power plant

Why the business secretary overruled an inspector's recommendation and approved a gas-fired power plant

A minister's approval of a gas-fired power plant against an inspector's finding potentially conflicts with the government's commitment to its net zero carbon target, say some experts, who also suggest the decision illustrates the need for an overhaul of the eight-year-old energy national policy statements.


Policy Briefings

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.

Briefing: How planners can help tackle the climate crisis

Briefing: How planners can help tackle the climate crisis

Just weeks after the government signed the net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 target into law, the Committee on Climate Change's annual progress report reveals that the UK's climate change actions are failing to meet its ambitions. Kate Hodson and Olivia Dunham consider how planners can help.

Policy Summary: National Policy Statement (NPS) for Geological Disposal Infrastructure

Policy Summary: National Policy Statement (NPS) for Geological Disposal Infrastructure

Issued by: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (DBEIS).