23 Aug 2019

Government policy is ill-equipped for net zero, finds report Locked

The UK isn’t even on target to meet its legally binding targets for 2023 to 2032, let alone eliminate all carbon emissions by 2050, says the Science and Technology Committee.

23 Aug 2019

WMCA gets £41m to tackle derelict sites Locked

The West Midlands Combined Authority will use the Government funding to revamp hundreds of acres of industrial land.

23 Aug 2019

Government announces £600m housing investment Locked

The money will be used to build 50,000 new homes in England.

20 Aug 2019

How can your business reduce its carbon footprint? Locked

Sensible waste management and an enlightened approach to the daily commute could cut costs and help the environment. Nic Redfern, finance director, of KnowYourMoney.co.uk, outlines some of the simple measures you could take.

20 Aug 2019

Government backs fracking Locked

It says that shale gas could be “an important domestic energy source”.

9 Aug 2019

Shortlist announced for Brownfield Briefing Awards 2019 Locked

The shortlist for the 2019 Brownfield Briefing Awards has been announced and is as follows:

9 Aug 2019

Smarter models for solar energy production Locked

The Government’s plans to implement a Smart Export Guarantee for solar panel owners from 1 January 2020 could represent a significant step towards a greener future. The question is, how big of a step? Paul Hutchens, ceo of solar specialists Eco2Solar, answers this question and takes a look at the changing face of solar energy production.

9 Aug 2019

‘Resourcing challenges’ hit Natural England’s role in planning

Natural England has prioritised response to planning applications, but elsewhere its wider statutory planning consultee role is suffering from severe budget cuts.

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9 Aug 2019

£2m Thames Water pollution fine fully justified Locked

The Court of Appeal has found that Thames Water’s £2m fine for a sewage pollution incident, reduced due to an early guilty plea, was proportionate and appropriate.

9 Aug 2019

West Midlands mayor joins windmill protestors in Solihull Locked

Report says the borough has limited capacity for expansion and environmental and sustainability impacts should be taken more into account.

9 Aug 2019

Advanced solar panel material receives non-toxic boost Locked

US researchers claim to have created a lead-free perovskite semiconductor for the next generation of solar cells.

9 Aug 2019

BSI introduces framework for installation of energy efficiency measures Locked

The business standards company’s three publicly available specifications cover guidance on retrofitting dwellings, specification for the installation of energy efficiency measures, and certification.

9 Aug 2019

Permeable pavements cool cities by 30%? Locked

Rutgers University claims permeable concrete pavements both cool cities and are beneficial in terms of stormwater run-off.

9 Aug 2019

Infrastructure coalition targets Net Zero Locked

A new coalition of public and private organisations has committed to a five-pronged strategy aimed at ensuring building and engineering infrastructure is aligned with the UK’s challenging Net Zero goal for 2050, minimising whole-life emissions and avoiding carbon lock-in.

8 Aug 2019

Sustainable Economy Act needed, says IPPR Locked

The think-tank says biodiversity, soil fertility, and air quality targets must be enforced.

8 Aug 2019

Housebuilders’ costs rising, says RCIS Locked

Costs are up 4.3% on the same quarter last year, according to the BCIS Private Housing Construction Price Index.

8 Aug 2019

Factory site offers new homes for Bury Locked

The proposed new housing will help the council to meet its five-year housing supply, thus reducing the pressure on greenfield sites.

8 Aug 2019

Cabinet members call for loosening of the green belt Locked

Jacob Rees Mogg, Sajid Javid and Liz Truss have advocated relaxing green belt rules, but 73% of Conservative voters would be opposed to changing planning regulations to make building on green belt land easier.

8 Aug 2019

Inland gains consent for “urban village” in Herts Locked

It will include 1,725 homes, 4,905 sqm of commercial units, landscaped open space and a new primary school.

8 Aug 2019

London mayoral candidate lays out Conservative housing policies Locked

It includes plans for a separate mayor for outer London and a housing organisation with a role in economic development.

8 Aug 2019

‘Marmite’ green belt needs reform says planning manifesto Locked

The manifesto calls for evolutionary changes to the Local Plan process, so that plans can be produced more efficiently.

8 Aug 2019

Protection for Salford’s canalside ‘green lung‘ Locked

The High Court concluded that Salford could demonstrate a five-year housing land supply, that the objective of protecting the “valued landscape” continued to be relevant despite the expiry of the most relevant local plan.

8 Aug 2019

First phase of Wirral Waters set to go ahead Locked

The 24ha site will include modern office space, a waterfront hotel, bars, restaurants, an art gallery, a “village square” and up to 15,000 apartments.

8 Aug 2019

£25m Carlisle flood scheme goes ahead Locked

Construction of the first phase of a major flood protection scheme for homes and businesses in Carlisle has begun.

8 Aug 2019

Funding boost to Cornwall’s flood resilience Locked

A new Pathfinder project by the South West Partnership has been launched with almost £500,000 to boost domestic and business flood resilience.

8 Aug 2019

Energy storage costs to halve as boom takes hold Locked

The global market for battery storage is headed towards a boom, as investment increases and costs tumble, driven by need to balance growing intermittent renewable generation and sharp growth in the electric vehicles sector.

8 Aug 2019

Kirby Moor Wind Farm wins life extension case Locked

A controversial appeal decision in favour of temporarily extending the operation of an ageing wind farm affecting the scenic landscape of the Lake District National Park has raised issues over interpretation of national planning policy in balancing local impact with national renewable capacity need.

8 Aug 2019

Sand dune management gets £4m boost Locked

A £4m ‘Dynamic Dunescapes’ project partnership led by Natural England will tackle decline of nine vital but threatened sand dune habitats in England and Wales, providing wider lessons for the UK and elsewhere.

8 Aug 2019

Bank of America Tower given highest US building certification Locked

Skanska’s office development has received LEED® Version 4 Platinum certification for its core and shell by the US Green Building Council.

8 Aug 2019

Modification could make air conditioners five times more efficient Locked

A readily available solvent could hold the key to making heating, ventilation, and air conditioning 500% more efficient, say researchers at Tsinghua and Brown Universities.