15 Jan 2019

Defra unveils Clean Air Strategy Locked

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

Europe, UK
9 Mar 2018

Government delays decision on open surface coal mine Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Government decision on surface coal mine which would see the creation of 100 jobs, is delayed.

9 Mar 2018

S-106 and CIL-sourced spending on environment falling Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Developer contributions spent on open space and environment has fallen by 47% since 2005/06.

Europe, UK
9 Mar 2018

South Essex councils collaborate on infrastructure, homes and jobs Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Local authorities collaborate to produce strategic plan designed to improve infrastructure and ensure local plans are delivered in a joined-up approach

9 Mar 2018

Whitehall says simplified LA housing need calculator to stay

EIA +Planning Briefing: MHCLG to push ahead with ONS-based housing need calculator for LAs despite low-levels of support.

9 Mar 2018

EIA scoping report for 100MW energy array submitted Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: An environmental scoping report has been submitted for floating wind and wave energy project in Pembrokeshire.

20 Feb 2018

Environmental compliance hits six-year high in Scotland

Brownfield Briefing: SEPA’s Compliance Assessment Scheme finds progress is being made through the Scottish environmental permitting regime

Europe, UK
15 Feb 2018

Hornsea Project Three: impacts tackled

EIA +Planning Briefing: Ørsted has published updated plans for its Hornsea Project Three offshore wind farm, incorporating feedback given by local communities and stakeholders as part of a consultation.

25 Jan 2018

Heathrow consults on expansion plans Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Part of the M25 could be redirected under the runway in proposed plans.

18 Jan 2018

RTPI publishes SEA guidance Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has published guidance seeking to help planners undertake more effective and efficient strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and sustainability appraisals (SA).

13 Dec 2017

Kirkby Moor extension request rejected

EIA +Planning Briefing: A planning application submitted by Zephyr Investments to extend the life of Kirkby Moor wind farm to 2027 has been rejected by South Lakeland District Council.

8 Nov 2017

Aldersgate Group demand legally binding targets from 25 year plan

Brownfield Briefing: The Aldersgate Group has published two briefings setting out key priorities for the upcoming 25 Year Environment Plan (25 YEP).

Europe, UK
1 Nov 2017

Renewable electricity generation approaches 30%

EIA +Planning Briefing: ONS figures show electricity generated by renewable energy rose to 29.8% in Q2 2017 as the UK tops PwC’s low carbon economy index

26 Oct 2017

Arundel bypass is “unacceptable development” in a national park

EIA +Planning Briefing: West Sussex County Council has put forward its preferred route for the £250m A27 Arundel Bypass on the south coast of England.

26 Oct 2017

WFD and FD to get fitness check

EIA +Planning Briefing: The European Commission has announced the start of a fitness check of the Water Framework Directive and the Floods Directive

Europe, UK
11 Oct 2017

Scoping opinion requested for Cheshire fracking site Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: IGas has submitted a scoping request to Cheshire West and Chester Council for a temporary well site off Grinsome Road, Elton.

Europe, UK
4 Oct 2017

Northern transport receives £400m fillip

Brownfield Briefing: The Government will back further transport improvements across the Northern Powerhouse with £400m of extra funding.

4 Oct 2017

Public opposition key to Scottish shale fracking ban

EIA +Planning Briefing: The Scottish government has banned unconventional oil and gas development in Scotland, dealing a knockout blow to hydraulic fracking and coalbed methane industries.

Europe, UK
28 Sep 2017

Peel Holdings under review for land clearance

EIA +Planning Briefing: Peel Holdings is being investigated by Natural England after it bulldozed two fields of greenfield scrub and vegetation off Nuttall Lane and Coppice Vale in Ramsbottom

Europe, UK
28 Sep 2017

Buddhists fined £28K for lobster release

Ecology Briefing: Two Buddhists have been fined £28,220 after they pleaded guilty to releasing 361 live American lobsters and 35 Dungeness crabs off the coast near Brighton.

20 Sep 2017

United Utilities fined £666k after polluting river with sewage Locked

Ecology Briefing: United Utilities has been fined £666k and £32k in costs, after polluting the River Medlock, Greater Manchester with c21.7m³ of sewage, impacting fish populations and water quality over a 4km stretch.

13 Sep 2017

Fish Legal slams Swansea Tidal Lagoon modelling Locked

Ecology Briefing: Fisheries and conservation experts Fish Legal has lambasted the environmental modelling presented by the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon as “ scientifically inadequate and fundamentally flawed”.

13 Sep 2017

EA approves permit variation for Horse Hill drilling Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Oil and gas firm Horse Hill Developments has obtained a permit variation from the Environment Agency to drill an exploratory borehole at its HH1 site near Gatwick Airport.

6 Sep 2017

Ricardo’s olive branch on waste treatment capacity

EIA +Planning Briefing: Ricardo Energy and Environment has attempted to cool the waste treatment capacity debate which has once again erupted between Eunomia and the Environmental Services Association (I+P 15-Aug-17). It has called on the industry to stop arguing and come together and pool money, data and resources into one assessment of capacity rather than separate piecemeal studies.

6 Sep 2017

Ruth Davidson calls planning system a “mess” Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party, Ruth Davidson, has called for ministers to “face up to the mess that is the planning system” and advocated the creation of a dedicated national Housing and Infrastructure Agency, to help tackle Scotland’s housing crisis.

6 Sep 2017

Court upholds windfarm consent in Scottish wild land

EIA +Planning Briefing: A judicial review into the approval of the Creag Riabhach onshore wind farm has ended in a decision to uphold Scottish Ministers’ approval. Danish billionaire Anders Povlsen, CEO of Bestseller Group and one of Scotland’s largest landowners with the Ben Loyal, Kinloch and Hope and Melness estates, had challenged the scheme on the basis of wild land preservation.

6 Sep 2017

A27 Arundel Bypass threatens ancient Binsted Wood

Ecology Briefing: Highways England’s consultation into the preferred route for the A27 Arundel Bypass has been subject to protests from a local neighbourhood committee because of its impact on “historic” ancient woodland. Two of the route options (3 and 5a) will impact the 250-acre Binsted Wood of ash and oak woodland with major adverse impacts expected.

6 Sep 2017

Local group criticised Guildford plan Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: The Guildford Vision Group has criticised the dearth of new infrastructure in the latest draft of the Guildford Local Plan, especially in the town centre, and proposed development on green belt land.

6 Sep 2017

Harworth buys midlands sites Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Regeneration specialist Harworth has bought two sites totalling 233a in the West Midlands.

30 Aug 2017

Sellafield Ltd scoops safety awards Locked

Sustainable Building Briefing: Nuclear decommissioning company Sellafield Ltd has been given nine gold safety awards by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.