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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

22 Jan 2019

Cheshire development and newt mitigation given the green light

EIA +Planning Briefing: Cheshire development overcomes ecological impacts and drainage concerns to win approval from planning committee.

22 Jan 2019

No relaxation of fracking traffic light system Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Claire Perry has very swiftly stated Cuadrilla should not expect any changes to the traffic light system for seismicity.

Europe, UK
15 Jan 2019

Clean Air Strategy attempts to tackle diffuse sources Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Defra adopts total war approach to tackling air quality with tougher stance on ammonia and PM 2.5.

Europe, UK
14 Jan 2019

Major Road Network to be created across England Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: The network of England's most important roads aims to support economic growth housing delivery, reduce flood risk and congestion.

14 Jan 2019

EfW plants to unleash potential of heat Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Defra’s Resources and Waste Strategy aims to maximise EfW heat recovery.

Europe, UK
14 Jan 2019

HS2 would be "disastrous" for Derbyshire claims WLT

EIA +Planning Briefing: HS2 could affect 24 local wildlife sites, according to Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.

14 Jan 2019

Ørsted unveils offshore wind biodiversity policy

EIA +Planning Briefing: Ørsted targets sustainable, environmentally protective development with biodiversity policy.

14 Jan 2019

Oxfordshire Plan 2050 lacks environmental considerations, says CPRE Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Consultation documents provide first glimpse at planning framework for Oxfordshire and its baseline environmental context.

13 Jan 2019

Community influence over tree protection set to rise Locked

Ecology Briefing: Consultation could see local communities play a greater role in the management of local urban trees.

13 Jan 2019

Environmental implications revealed as Sizewell C final consultation launches Locked

Ecology Briefing: EDF’s Sizewell C project could impact local nature reserve, according to RSPB.

15 Dec 2018

Enlarged King’s Lynn gas plant gets go-ahead Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Use of diesel and potential acid deposition not thought significant enough to reject application.

15 Dec 2018

Controversial £1.4bn Newport black route ‘vital’ to Welsh economy Locked

Ecology Briefing: Welsh government backs the black route but there have been 335 official objections.

15 Dec 2018

Marine natural capital mapping system under development Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: An innovative marine natural capital mapping system is currently under development for Natural England.

15 Dec 2018

Work to begin on innovative Stirling heat network Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Development of the first large sewer heat pump to serve customers via a district heating network is set to begin.

15 Dec 2018

A358 route announcement due in spring

EIA +Planning Briefing: The preferred route for the project will be announced next year, after consultation feedback revealed further evaluation of the route options would be needed.