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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.

Government reverses position on 50MW NSIP threshold for energy storage projects

Government reverses position on 50MW NSIP threshold for energy storage projects

The government has u-turned on plans to retain the 50MW threshold above which planning applications for energy storage projects are required to be considered under the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) regime.

Major Infrastructure In Depth & Comment

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.

Is biodiversity net gain currently allowable for NSIPs? By Angus Walker

Is biodiversity net gain currently allowable for NSIPs? By Angus Walker

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.

CIL Watch: Rushcliffe introduces CIL charges of up to £100/sq m

CIL Watch: Rushcliffe introduces CIL charges of up to £100/sq m

A Nottinghamshire council has adopted a multi-tiered Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charging schedule for housing and retail developments.

The policy and legislation changes in the pipeline this autumn

The policy and legislation changes in the pipeline this autumn

This autumn is due to see a series of key policy developments. Colin Marrs looks ahead.


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).