14 Sep 2019

Contaminated land: a modern mid-life crisis? Locked

Environment Analyst’s latest insight report explores the dynamics of the UK’s maturing contaminated land management sector and why consultants believe change from within is needed to kick-start the industry. It also views developments in the context of global market trends and statistics.

13 Sep 2019

Goldsmith consolidates position at Defra Locked

A mini-reshuffle following resignations over proroguing of Parliament has seen green-minded Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith promoted to Defra Minister of State, replacing Thérèse Coffey, while Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow takes his former role.

13 Sep 2019

North of England faces future water stress Locked

Most of the north of England is better placed than the rest of the country to tackle water stress in a changing climate, but action will still need to be taken to ensure sustainable development, particularly in Yorkshire, and this could serve as a model for water trading elsewhere.

13 Sep 2019

Landmark rejection for Devon peaking plant Locked

East Devon District Council’s rejection of a gas-fired power plant to avoid climate impacts, protect renewable energy and open countryside will be seen as a landmark decision for the growing number of councils declaring climate emergencies.

13 Sep 2019

Offshore decommissioning risks UK’s green credentials Locked

Government plans to approve a Shell proposal to abandon thousands of tonnes of potentially contaminated North Sea oil platform bases in situ risks a confrontation with NGOs, other EU and Ospar Convention members reminiscent of the Brent Spar affair. 

13 Sep 2019

Offshore oil and gas sector sidesteps Net Zero challenge

A first attempt by the UK offshore oil and gas industry to demonstrate how it could deliver Net Zero emissions by 2050 addresses production-related emissions mitigation but largely sidesteps much greater carbon emissions from buildings, transport and industry.  

13 Sep 2019

Pro-renewables group send VAT hike complaint to Chancellor Locked

A collection of pro-renewable organisations have sent an open letter to Sajid Javid in an effort to stop the proposed VAT increase for domestic solar and storage systems.

13 Sep 2019

Planning for ghosts – household growth forecasts may be wrong Locked

A fall in net migration, fewer births and a higher than normal death rate resulted in the lowest UK population growth rate since 2004. It is leading to protestors and pressure groups arguing for a downgrading of housing targets - particularly on the green belt. Will Hatchett reports.

13 Sep 2019

Asbestos halts archaeology in Chesterfield town centre Locked

It is believed that the asbestos came from buildings that have been demolished. Work has stopped until a strategy is agreed for removing the material.

13 Sep 2019

Knock-back for MPB’s estate next to Corby steelworks Locked

The company is considering an appeal after its 160 home development was rejected on several grounds including employment use.

13 Sep 2019

Thomas Hardy protestors take message to county show Locked

Protestors claim the propsed 3500 homes would dramatically and irrevocably change Dorchester’s character as a town embedded within its countryside.

13 Sep 2019

Argument continues on protected gas holders on brownfield sites Locked

Politicians and owner say holder retention makes it harder to develop the land, but HES says it is a regional landmark and a rare example.

6 Sep 2019

DfT nods through HS2 works amid review uncertainty Locked

HS2 faces a bumpy ride due to heavy cost overruns and environmental impact as it undergoes review, with opinions still sharply divided as works continue over both the economic benefits and degree to which impacts can be mitigated.

6 Sep 2019

More transparency on community infrastructure levy Locked

The new guidance will speed up the CIL process, require councils to publish an annual report on of the CIL agreements and allow larger projects to be funded.

6 Sep 2019

Focus on competency in the new contaminated land guidance Locked

RSK says the new online guidance is less process-based than its predecessor and welcome references to the National Quality Mark Scheme for Land Contamination Management.

6 Sep 2019

Woodland development for Plymouth on china clay works site Locked

The demolition tender included carrying surveys for naturally occurring radioactive material and removing and disposing of asbestos.

6 Sep 2019

Construction waste rules simplified Locked

New Environment Agency guidance removes the requirement for an environmental permit in a number of waste operation activities. The changes will be of benefit to house builders.

6 Sep 2019

Protestors oppose Cambs community-owned village extension Locked

Objectors, seeking a judicial review are calling the development “disproportionate” and that it is unfair for the village to absorb a 330% increase in homes.

6 Sep 2019

Winners announced for North West contracts up to £1bn Locked

Contracts have been tendered by the NCWH for training centres for fire and rescue services, junior and secondary schools and leisure and community centres, among other projects.

6 Sep 2019

Work on Powys recycling station proceeds, despite asbestos Locked

CLO says the presence of asbestos is very limited, posing a low risk, and that it would be made safe by development. - but objections continue.

6 Sep 2019

Dispute over housing on contaminated Ravenscraig Hospital site Locked

Over 200 protest signatures as the Scottish Government assures that the contaminants on site are not leachable or soluble and will not migrate horizontally and any pollutant linkages will be broken.

6 Sep 2019

RTPI’s six-point Brexit action plan Locked

The action plan includes access to a skilled workforce and Common environmental and product standards.

6 Sep 2019

Call for re-think on planning in Scotland following new law Locked

4 Sep 2019

Defra given £432m for post-EU enviro-standards Locked

Decarbonisation of infrastructure, improving air quality and biodiversity are some of the areas targeted by the Government.

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30 Aug 2019

US Steel being sued for alleged hazardous substance releases Locked

The Clean Air Council has filed a lawsuit which claims that US Steel has failed to report the releases of large volumes of hazardous pollutants into the air at three of its sites.

30 Aug 2019

Anxious times as waste producers await EA protocol review Locked

Waste producers could be hit with extra costs depending on the outcome of the the Environment Agency’s comprehensive review of the End of Waste framework, says 4R group.

30 Aug 2019

Sellafield’s tallest stack demolished Locked

Only 9m of the 52m-high stack remains following 30 months of work, says the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

30 Aug 2019

New Zealand set to focus on construction materials to reduce emissions Locked

Carbon-cutting measures could cut the equivalent emissions of 500,000 cars each year in New Zealand alone, according to the New Zealand Green Building Council.

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.