25 Mar 2019

Mipim 2019 review Locked

Brownfield Briefing: What were the major themes at Mipim 2019? With 500 cities exhibiting and over 100 conferences over the three days, Ian Grant picks out some themes.

24 Mar 2019

Rotherham Council backs down on INEOS Woodsetts drilling

EIA +Planning Briefing: Highway safety objection to proposed fracking testing site dropped by council.

Europe, UK
24 Mar 2019

IWA sets out Wales’ 2035 renewable energy transition Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Bold plans by Institute of Welsh Affairs publishes road map to a Wales powered solely by renewables in 2035.

Europe, UK
22 Mar 2019

UK must build reservoirs and desalination plants, says Bevan

EIA +Planning Briefing: The Environment Agency’s CEO has called on the UK to build more reservoirs and desalination plants to escape “the jaws of death”.

Europe, UK
21 Mar 2019

First local plan scheme approved in Kirklees

Brownfield Briefing: Local residents objected to the first development to be approved following Kirklees’ formal adoption of its local plan.

21 Mar 2019

Go-ahead for Croydon tower block following climb-down Locked

Brownfield Briefing: MCHLG secretary James Brokenshire has admitted that he had no legal basis on which to block the application and that his ruling was invalid.

21 Mar 2019

Homes England launches Land Hub for developers Locked

Brownfield Briefing: The website includes land that it is expected to come onto the market within the next 18 months and land that is being actively marketed.

21 Mar 2019

Luton Town FC spearheads major developments Locked

Brownfield Briefing: The Newlands scheme and the new football stadium will bring more than 10,000 jobs to the town and provide a £250m boost the the local economy.

21 Mar 2019

New developers’ grants in Northern Ireland Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Scheme aims to bridge the gap between the cost of the development and the sales achieved upon completion up to a maximum of 30%.

21 Mar 2019

Green light for new look Sale town centre

Brownfield Briefing: The £70m scheme hopes to attract leading brand names and will also provide more than 200 new homes.

21 Mar 2019

Brexit could be good for UK soil quality, says report Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Brexit offers a unique opportunity to direct agricultural policy in ways that start to tackle the huge greenhouse gas emissions from farming, says Soil Association.

21 Mar 2019

Walsall changes its tune after contaminated land error Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Council says it will contest civil claims and requests for rebates will be judges against well-established criteria.

21 Mar 2019

Bristol Council meets carbon target two years early Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: The City Council has met its target, to reduce carbon emissions from its direct activities by 65%, two years ahead of schedule.

21 Mar 2019

BREEAM launches pre-approval process Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: Portfolio clients can now have multiple projects evaluated up front by BRE Global.

21 Mar 2019

Bold choices required for a fossil fuel free 2050, finds report Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: A fully decarbonised Europe is feasible by 2050 but robust policies are needed to enable this transition, claims a European Climate Foundation-commissioned report.

21 Mar 2019

NHS chooses developers for its healthy towns programme

Sustainable Building Briefing: Ten developers have been chosen to pool their expertise with those from other sectors to create healthier places for people.

21 Mar 2019

HS2 waste heat to warm 500 homes? Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: Waste heat from the high-speed trains could be used to power central heating in Old Oak Common in North West London.

21 Mar 2019

Future of Real Estate Initiative seeks to predict industry changes

Sustainable Building Briefing: Engineering consultancy Arcadis and The Crown Estate have joined six other organisations at the University of Oxford for proptech research.

21 Mar 2019

Coal mine approved despite strong objections Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Work will start later this year on an underground coal mine in Cumbria.

21 Mar 2019

South East LEPs reveal clean energy strategy

EIA +Planning Briefing: The strategy aims to support the development of district heat networks and encourage offshore wind development across the region.

21 Mar 2019

Spring statement: biodiversity moves welcomed but warnings on funding and climate change Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Philip Hammond’s biodiversity net gain measures were well received but some criticised the Chancellor of the Exchequer for inaction in key areas. Here is how industry responded.

21 Mar 2019

Welsh Minister grilled over flood funding Locked

Flood Briefing: Following her Oral Statement on future flood funding in the principality, Lesley Griffiths had to field tricky questions on where additional funding will come from and what happens post-Brexit.

21 Mar 2019

Dutch coastal defence scheme opens in Somerset Locked

Flood Briefing: A system consisting of champagne cork-shaped concrete blocks reduces the impact of waves on the Stolford shoreline.

21 Mar 2019

Welsh government unveils £6.1m flood scheme Locked

Flood Briefing: A wetland area was created as part of the scheme, reducing its visual impact and enhancing local habitat.

21 Mar 2019

Geosmart stresses benefits of SuDS to developers Locked

Flood Briefing: SuDS can help speed up the approval process for developers and save capital costs, says Geosmart.

21 Mar 2019

Hydroelectric dams damage ecosystems, claim US researchers Locked

Ecology Briefing: The knock-on effects of inland river dams hamper the productivity of estuarine habitats, according to a University of California team.

21 Mar 2019

SSE reveals biodiversity strategy

Ecology Briefing: The energy company has unveiled its ambitions to enhance biodiversity as part of its 2018 biodiversity report.

21 Mar 2019

A417 scheme could significantly harm wildlife, claims Wildlife Trust Locked

Ecology Briefing: The trust believes the c£500m scheme could damage two local sites of special scientific interest and further segment previously connected habitats.

21 Mar 2019

Floating islands boost biodiversity for Tyneside flood project Locked

Ecology Briefing: The islands aim to improve water quality and create habitats for a variety of species.

21 Mar 2019

Rural SuDS to clean-up Staffordshire watercourses

Ecology Briefing: It is hoped rural SuDS techniques will help reduce pollution while also creating wetland habitat.