Manchester set to consult on new local plan Locked

It will cover a range of emerging strategic issues such as housing demand, transport infrastructure, healthy neighbourhoods and achieving a zero carbon Manchester by 2038.

UK

Atkins calls for 'net zero champion' or department in government Locked

Atkins' report also calls for energy sea change to achieve net zero target

UK

UK land use emissions could be cut by two thirds Locked

Large increase in tree planting, low carbon farming and restoration of of peatlands are some of the measures recommended by the Committee on Climate Change.

UK

Planning slow to respond to growing flood risk Locked

Global warming will make flooding an important element in UK planning for the foreseeable future. But policy makers have yet to catch up.

UK

Fears over anthrax spores from Forfar development Locked

Arguments break out over what is considered to be a safe distance from the potential burial site.

UK

Use brownfield sites for social housing, says report Locked

It found that there are almost 18,000 brownfield sites across the UK and calls for them to be prioritised for low-cost, affordable social housing development, using modern methods of construction.

UK

Blows traded as HS2 decision approaches

HS2 says a Wildlife Trust report into loss of sites and species is inaccurate and misleading.

UK

South Oxfordshire threatened with withdrawl of powers Locked

The new council, which declared a ‘climate emergency’ in the summer, announced its intention to provide fewer homes and to halt green belt releases.

UK

McVey promises ‘turbocharged’ planning Locked

Changes would include a standard method for assessing housing need and reforms to permitted development.

UK

New rules simplify brownfield development in Canada Locked

The changes would reduce construction costs by making it simpler to reuse the excavated soils produced during construction.

Canada, UK

Parsons wins contract for contaminated Giant Mine Locked

The work includes managing arsenic trioxide while protecting health and safety and reducing environmental impact. The 950ha site includes eight open pits, four tailing ponds, more than 325,000 m³ of contaminated soils.

Canada, UK

Contamination find means price drop for Blaby site Locked

A survey commissioned by EMH, found that remediation and preparatory works would cost an estimated £615,000.

UK

VHE completes St Andrews landfill contract Locked

A robust methodology had been used to limit the potential impact on the public.

UK

Academics oppose Southampton Airport expansion Locked

They claim that noise levels would be 150% of the maximum allowed under the Aviation Policy Framework and assessments fail to account for cumulative effects of housing expansion.

UK

Faster planning promised in white paper reforms Locked

A statutory new homes ombudsman, restriction of ‘land banking’ and a larger Housing Infrastructure Fund are on the menu for the next Parliamentary session, which will bring a planning white paper.

UK

Braintree extension quashed due to flood fears Locked

The 4ha brownfield site is a capped former landfill whose ground level had been raised by about 1m. Part of the site lies on floodplain.

UK

Johnson pledges infrastructure funding for Eastleigh Locked

Boris Johnson accused the Liberal Democrat council of “cavalier” behaviour but said, "we will of course supply the infrastructure necessary and do it on brownfield sites.”

UK

Ox-Cam Expressway ‘on ice’ as petition launched Locked

It says any route in the proposed corridor will damage our countryside and health while doing nothing to meet the pressing transport needs of Oxfordshire.

UK

Middlesbrough mayor scraps council house company Locked

He says that he is "not sure we should be building council houses" and plans to regenerate the area would need to be on "a huge scale".

UK

‘No risk’ to development from cracked river wall Locked

Council says properties are a distance from the wall, while the developer says the bank had failed as a result of work by others.

UK

Radioactive goats spark residents' fears Locked

Contractors found animal bones, faeces and disposable gloves but spokesman says there is no evidence of any such contamination, or risk to people’s health.

UK

Sellafield milestone reached as waste mountain rises Locked

Machine will help clear intermediate level waste (ILW) which dominates the UK’s stocks of radioactive material awaiting disposal.

UK

Treasury funds hope to unlock Teesside regeneration

South Tees Development Corporation (STDC) is set to undertake a  compulsory purchase order (CPO), requiring the banks to relinquish the land.

UK

SNH values natural capital of its land at £683m Locked

The results have been split into public and private, costs and benefits.

Scotland

Work underway on Communities and FCERM R&D Framework Locked

The primary aim of the project is to identify the main research gaps in the area of FCERM.

UK

LUC becomes employee owned Locked

Employees will now be involved in key company decisions and have an equal share of LUC’s profits.

UK

Will blue MPs make England greener? Locked

The collapse of Labour’s ‘red wall’, will strengthen local campaigns against development on the green belt, particularly in the Midlands and North.

UK

Jenrick affirms ‘brownfield first’ policy Locked

Housing secretary is confident that the West Midlands housing needs can be substantially met through the use of previously developed land.

UK

‘Charm offensive’ follows Wirral’s Local Plan u-turn Locked

The council is set to seek remediation grants from Homes England and says that the development of  a number of previously abandoned brownfield sites had begun.

UK

‘Super village’ near Bannockburn moves closer Locked

Planning officers have recommended approval of the development but have recommended that 157 conditions should attached to consent.

UK