22 Feb 2019

Planning appeal time to be ‘cut by half’

Brownfield Briefing: The time taken by planning appeal inquiries may be reduced by half, following the welcoming by government or an inquiry carried out by Bridget Rosewell.

22 Feb 2019

NIC investigates the future of utility infrastructure investment

EIA +Planning Briefing: The consultation investigates where the economic regulation of a range of utilities infrastructure has failed, or succeeded, and whether it should be adapted to meet future challenges.

22 Feb 2019

Minister confirms commitment to HS2 and Northern cities Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Andrew Jones says commitment to HS2 - the full network to Manchester and Leeds, remains undiminished.

15 Feb 2019

Roseacre Wood rejected after four and a half years Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: The protracted saga of the Roseacre Wood planning decision will add fuel to the debate for fast-tracked DCO status for fracking projects.

Europe, UK
15 Feb 2019

Wind generation scores winter record Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: The UK has enjoyed its highest ever wind generation output, but the outlook for longer term growth faces challenges from policy uncertainty.

15 Feb 2019

Shrewsbury relief road guarantees "enormous environmental costs", claims WLT

EIA +Planning Briefing: According to Shropshire Wildlife Trust, the plans would impact the local landscape and ecology.

15 Feb 2019

Infrastructure Commission Scotland gears up for 30-year plan Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: The new body will play a key advisory role in the Scottish Government’s £25bn infrastructure investment plans including energy, transport and construction.

15 Feb 2019

Cottam closure to remove fifth of remaining UK coal power plant capacity

EIA +Planning Briefing: The UK power sector’s low carbon transition continues apace, with closure announced of the 2GW Cottam coal-fired plant.

12 Feb 2019

Consultants step in to support LA capacity crisis Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Research points to a growing capacity crisis within local authorities and an increasing need for external support

Europe, UK
8 Feb 2019

Drilling in Poole Bay commences despite wildlife trust’s fears

Ecology Briefing: Dorset Wildlife Trust highlights concerns surrounding the ecological impacts of the drilling.

8 Feb 2019

Offshore wind licensing exemption period to be extended Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: BEIS has extended the maximum period offshore wind farms can transmit electricity without a licence as 2GW of projects face tendering delays.

8 Feb 2019

Environment Agency approves tighter permitting for Palmers Wood oilfield Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Oil and gas company iGas has had its permitting overhauled to incorporate stricter, up to date operating conditions at its oil production sites near Godstone, Surrey.

8 Feb 2019

ClientEarth partners sue over Bulgarian coal plant derogation Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Public interest lawyers are challenging a derogation allowing high levels of toxic sulphur dioxide and mercury at a Bulgarian coal-fired plant.

7 Feb 2019

UK bioenergy’s landtake eases

EIA +Planning Briefing: Area of UK arable land under bioenergy crops has reduced after previous rapid growth due to changes in biofuel mix, but the area affected is still large. 

7 Feb 2019

Progress on natural capital remains patchy Locked

Ecology Briefing: Doubts over governance, status, metrics and inconsistent use in decision-making are all hampering progress of the 25 Year Environment Plan, say natural capital experts

Europe, UK
7 Feb 2019

INEOS blasts “absurd” seismic thresholds for fracking Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: INEOS lambasts fracking policy in England as “archaic, glacially slow, inordinately expensive and virtually unworkable”

Europe, UK
7 Feb 2019

North Sea O&G decommissioning to cost UK government £24bn Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: National Audit Office report finds North Sea oil and gas decommissioning will cost the government £24bn in lost tax and tax relief

Europe, UK
7 Feb 2019

Biodiversity net gain proposals: industry reactions Locked

Ecology Briefing: Questions raised include the capacity of local authorities to deliver the scheme and the workings of the cash tariff.

4 Feb 2019

Infrastructure: London’s uneasy evolution Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Protection against natural disasters... selectively deaf planners… fibre-optic cable... What sort of infrastructure-related issues matter most to Londoners? Eoin Redahan took a look at AECOM’s Future of Infrastructure report.

4 Feb 2019

Legal experts savage weak governance principles in Environment Bill Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Environment Bill governance proposals would mean a large step backwards on environmental protection post-Brexit, but could yet be made fit for purpose.

4 Feb 2019

NAO finds mixed picture on enviro-metrics as post-Brexit framework emerges Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Enviro-metrics are crucial to good environmental governance, yet progress on development has been patchy as Defra develops its ambitious post-Brexit framework.

Europe, UK
4 Feb 2019

BEIS mulls ‘guarantee’ on route to market for small-scale renewables Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Government proposals would see future small-scale renewable generation guaranteed a route to market, but this lifeline is not yet all it seems.

4 Feb 2019

Oxford City Council opposes OxCam proposal Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: The negative air quality impacts of the scheme played a key role in the council's decision.

4 Feb 2019

The Midlands and the North unite to progress HS2

EIA +Planning Briefing: Local business and civic leaders have come together to try and progress HS2 phase 2a and 2b.

28 Jan 2019

Environmental governance post-Brexit: industry reacts Locked

Europe, UK
28 Jan 2019

BEIS eyes streamlined planning for electricity storage Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: A consultation by BEIS and Ofgem has proposed key changes to clear up planning confusion and disincentives on electricity storage.

28 Jan 2019

High Court blocks wildlife trusts' challenge to Expressway Locked

Ecology Briefing: Group of wildlife trusts has been denied a Judicial Review of the Oxford-Cambridge Expressway route.

28 Jan 2019

Shepherd’s Rig windfarm project to be scaled back Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Improvements to turbines and changes in Scottish energy and planning policy have enabled a new planning application to be submitted.

28 Jan 2019

No “error of fact” in Cuadrilla fracking permit variation Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Friends of the Earth has lost a High Court challenge against a key Environment Agency permit variation at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site.

22 Jan 2019

ECIU predicts bumper year for offshore wind while fracking 'quietly dropped' Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: ECIU predicts 2019 could see the reinstatement of the capacity market and increasing numbers of heat projects.