Freeports offer a brave new world and tick a lot of boxes in theory – driving the levelling up agenda, attracting inward investment, enhancing skills and job prospects of local communities, fostering economic growth, developing green economy, and helping companies drive to net zero. In practice we have only just begun, and challenges must be overcome.
Perrins said that annual housing targets should be restored, the planning appeals process accelerated and policies to make brownfield development a priority (including brownfield first) needed to be clearer
The paper says by building on Road Belts across Britain’s towns and cities, in one act, we could create thousands of beautiful, sustainably located, homes, protect our countryside from suburban sprawl and boost skills, jobs and economic growth
The amendment would see solar development banned on England’s ‘Best and Most Versatile’ (BMV) agricultural land, with the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit saying it will cost households between £3bn-5bn/yr
The Brownfield and Regeneration Network online event on ground gas, held with Premium Partner NHBC, examined the shortcomings of current practice in ground gas monitoring, risk assessment, verification, and protection, looked at remedies and delved into new guidance documents. Ian Grant reports.
The Climate Change Committee wants consistent alignment of planning policy with mitigation and adaptation actions in the Climate Change Act and Improved guidance on local carbon budgets and resilience frameworks
Dame Glenys Stacey, chair of the Office of Environmental Protection (OEP), and chief executive Natalie Prosser gave evidence to the House of Lords Built Environment Committee on the impact of environmental regulation on development, and said achieving the statutory environmental targets is going to be very hard.
WMCA and Keepmoat commit to 4000 homes, as Aviva Capital Partners venture into Buy-to-Rent, Urban&Civic get go-ahead for 6500 homes and much more in Cambridgeshire, as Inland refinances development, while Esh Construction gets record contract