24 May 2019

The D&I podcast - May 2019 Locked

Development + Infrastructure: This month, we talk about smart cities, the latest Committee and Climate Change report, and green belt issues in the North of England.

24 May 2019

TerraConsult remediates Grangemouth facility Locked

Brownfield Briefing: The consultancy has carried out a site investigation, risk assessment, and remediation of DNAPL on land that will house a waste-to-energy facility.

24 May 2019

25-Year Environment Plan slowly takes shape amid Brexit delays

Ecology Briefing: The first year of the 25-Year Environment Plan has concentrated on the controversial post-Brexit legislative and governance framework but progress has also been made on issues such as biodiversity net gain.

24 May 2019

Barry incinerator in ‘potential breach’ of planning permission Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: A prolonged controversy over whether a biomass gasification plant and incinerator in Barry should be allowed to operate without being fully assessed with an Environmental Statement has intensified following an ambiguous Welsh Government statement.

24 May 2019

Government defends progress on natural capital Locked

Ecology Briefing: Defra has responded in part to the Natural Capital Committee’s robust criticisms and recommendations on its approach to statutory oversight of natural capital, governance, targets and metrics, pointing to progress while stressing it remains a work in progress.

23 May 2019

BEIS to invest £28m in Coventry battery centre Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: The Government’s newly-established national battery commercialisation centre in Coventry is to receive a further investment to boost its role in setting up large-scale battery production plants and in training for battery manufacture.

23 May 2019

Park and ride homes raise flooding, wildlife and congestion fears Locked

Flood Briefing: Congestion, flooding and impact on neighbouring woodlands could affect plans for hundreds of homes on green belt land near Bristol.

23 May 2019

Peel Ports looks to £140m redevelopment of Hunterston site Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Train manufacture, marine construction and decommissioning and modular housing production are among the contenders for industrial and employment use.

23 May 2019

Amber Valley’s local housing plan comes under fire Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Labour group fought the election on the basis of opposing “unacceptable” green belt development. Conservative councillors have argued that the lack of a Local Plan would lead to a developers’ “free for all”.

23 May 2019

Bolton leader vows to oppose Greater Manchester’s masterplan Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Under the current strategy, 12%  of Bury’s green belt land would be allocated to housing and industrial development.

23 May 2019

Dounreay recycle ‘major step forward’ for decommissioning Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Four items weighing 66t have been transported to a specilist waste recycling facility. Normal practice is to cut them up and dispose in low level waste vaults.

23 May 2019

Bentley Systems acquires Keynetix Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Keynetix’s cloud-based geotechnical knowledge management system, which can be used to capture the underground environment, will support Bentley’s geotechnical analysis applications, PLAXIS and SoilVision.

23 May 2019

Old ironworks buried beneath Middlesbrough brownfield Locked

Brownfield Briefing: The site was occupied by the Newport Iron Works, opened in 1864 and subject to ongoing archaeological investigation.

23 May 2019

Cognition crucial to demolition of Plymouth clay works Locked

Brownfield Briefing: The flagship Homes England project will involve building up to 550 homes and 11.5ha of new and improved woodland to improve the ecology of the site.

23 May 2019

Revamp needed for Scottish construction Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Forty recommendations include heavy emphasis on Modern Methods of Manufacture and training initiatives.

23 May 2019

‘Use land profit for public good’ says Scottish commission Locked

Brownfield Briefing: SLC calls for collaborative approach where public and private sectors to share risks and rewards.

23 May 2019

Grey to Green scheme brings ‘active travel’ to Sheffield Locked

Brownfield Briefing: There will be segregated cycle lanes, public art and meadows and trees will provide sustainable drainage.

23 May 2019

‘Foam soil’ answer to soil erosion problems? Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Growing food in discarded mattresses estimated to be ten times faster than conventional soil.

23 May 2019

Hunt is on for new grout for coalfield sites Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Pulverised Fuel Ash is becoming hard obtain and expensive because of the phasing out of coal-burning power stations.

23 May 2019

Labour plans 1.75m solar installations Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: The party says it will fit homes with rooftop solar panels to tackle fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions.

23 May 2019

Edinburgh aims to be carbon neutral by 2030 Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: The City of Edinburgh Council has come up with a three-phased plan to make this happen.

23 May 2019

Expanding BIM to include environmental considerations Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: NIRAS plans to include environmental factors into its Building Information Modelling, to make sure sustainability is considered from the outset.

23 May 2019

Grosvenor makes bold net zero carbon pledge Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: Property group Grosvenor Britain & Ireland plans to achieve net zero carbon emissions in all of its directly managed buildings by 2030.

23 May 2019

Knight Frank to go 100% renewable Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: The global property consultancy has committed to purchasing only renewable energy in the properties it manages.

23 May 2019

Efficiency measures trump renewables in the home, finds MoneySuperMarket Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: A solar oven is the only renewable energy device that delivers a return on investment within five years, it says.

23 May 2019

Smart meters could make 25% domestic CO2 saving by 2035, finds report Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: It will be much harder to meet the UK’s climate change targets without smart meters, says Smart Energy GB.

23 May 2019

Only two northern LAs bid for on-street EV charge points Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: The Government has reported record investment in green transport in the north of England but the lack of interest in installing residential electric vehicle charging points is a concern.

23 May 2019

£42m Hull flooding alleviation scheme planned Locked

Flood Briefing: Flood defences will be raised along more than 6km of the Humber foreshore.

23 May 2019

Ice-sheet melting rate is unknown, say researchers Locked

Flood Briefing: Severe limitations remain in the predictive capability of ice sheet models, according to a paper in the PNAS journal.

23 May 2019

Natural sounds could protect birds from wind turbines Locked

Ecology Briefing: US researchers are determining the best sounds to keep eagles away the spinning blades of wind turbines.