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Tidal lagoon operator claims last minute works have saved consent 'in perpetuity'

Tidal lagoon operator claims last minute works have saved consent 'in perpetuity'

The firm behind proposals to create a tidal energy lagoon in Swansea bay has claimed that works it carried out shortly before development consent for the scheme was due to expire last week have secured approval for the proposal "in perpetuity", but both the local council and the government claim the permission has expired.

Sharma backs 158-turbine wind farm off Norfolk coast against recommendation to refuse

Sharma backs 158-turbine wind farm off Norfolk coast against recommendation to refuse

Energy secretary Alok Sharma has approved plans for a 1.8 gigawatt wind farm off the Norfolk coast, despite inspectors recommending that the project should be refused due to the potential impact on protected habitats.

Large housing schemes should go through DCO regime to help Covid-19 recovery, says report

Large housing schemes should go through DCO regime to help Covid-19 recovery, says report

The determination of all large housing and infrastructure projects should be taken out of the hands of local authorities and be considered by the Planning Inspectorate under the streamlined development consent order (DCO) regime, according to a think tank report on boosting the economy in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sharma blocks Thames Estuary wind farm extension over shipping risks

Sharma blocks Thames Estuary wind farm extension over shipping risks

Business secretary Alok Sharma has refused consent for plans to extend a wind farm in the Thames Estuary due to concerns that it would interfere with shipping.

Major Infrastructure In Depth & Comment

The implications of relaxing developers’ infrastructure funding duties in response to Covid-19

The implications of relaxing developers’ infrastructure funding duties in response to Covid-19

The government has announced that it will revise community infrastructure levy rules to allow councils more flexibility around the timing of payments from smaller developers. Some lawyers question why larger developers are to be excluded from the changes, while councils have raised concerns about the impact on revenues for much-needed new infrastructure.

CIL Watch: Examiner approves London legacy corporation's higher levy charges

CIL Watch: Examiner approves London legacy corporation's higher levy charges

An examiner has approved a series of new charges to be introduced as part of the London Legacy Development Corporation's (LLDC's) revised Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charging schedule, including a 23 per cent rise in rates for residential schemes.

Why curbs on cars may not survive the pandemic, by Cliff Hague

Why curbs on cars may not survive the pandemic, by Cliff Hague

Since, broadly speaking, the distant consequences of actions are more uncertain than the immediate consequences, it is seldom justifiable to embark on any policy on the ground that, though harmful in the present, it will be beneficial in the long run.”

The coronavirus-led changes we may want to keep, by Angus Walker

The coronavirus-led changes we may want to keep, by Angus Walker

The world has changed dramatically since less than two months ago, in ways that have affected every aspect of daily life. My area of work, infrastructure planning, is no different and has seen initial delays but some subsequent progress, albeit at a slower rate and in different ways to before.


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).