19 Jul 2019

Environment Analyst Business Summit 2019: Capitalising on a Climate of Uncertainty Locked

How are consulting firms adapting to long-term uncertainty and heightened climate awareness to optimise their leadership position?

19 Jul 2019

“Developers only care about profit,” survey finds

People have little faith in the role of developers and local Government in planning large-scale developments for the public good, according to a survey from Grosvenor Britain & Ireland.

19 Jul 2019

Gove targets 2020 for UK environmental leadership Locked

Next year could be a very big year for environmental leadership, says Defra secretary, and UK should be at the centre. Ross Griffiths reports.

19 Jul 2019

The Development + Infrastructure podcast - July 2019 Locked

Why is the Government's climate change policy failing, what's the latest news in construction and planning, and why should we build with natural materials?

19 Jul 2019

Ireland found in breach of Aarhus Convention Locked

Following a case taken by an environmental activist, Ireland’s planning regulations have been found to be in breach of the Aarhus Convention.

19 Jul 2019

Thames Water fined £707,000 for Berkshire pollution Locked

Hundreds of fish died after raw sewage leaked into a stream in Maidenhead.

19 Jul 2019

Online tool shows tree planting is good for health Locked

A new online calculator from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology quantifies health savings from tree planting.

19 Jul 2019

Green infrastructure increases biodiversity, says report Locked

Green roofs, wetland basins, and community gardens are becoming increasingly common in new developments and urban spaces.

19 Jul 2019

Wildfires increase local extinction risks, say researchers Locked

Ecosystems may never return to a functioning state following wildfires, warn scientists.

19 Jul 2019

New Cuadrilla flaring permit opposed by campaigners Locked

Consultation has begun on a change to the environmental permit at Cuadrilla’s fracking site.

19 Jul 2019

Gove backs air quality improvements in new bill Locked

Environment secretary Michael Gove said in a speech that the Environment Bill should set stricter limits on particulate pollution and place extra obligations on public bodies to improve air quality.

19 Jul 2019

Ofgem could clamp down further on lax FiT payments Locked

It may take further action against Solarplicity over outstanding money owed to feed-in-tariff generators of solar energy.

12 Jul 2019

Re-tooling for climate change Locked

A lawyer representing a river in court… A big corporation badgered by its employees to become greener… The old ways are shuffling off stage and the new ones are filtering through. Eoin Redahan reports.

12 Jul 2019

Council overcomes butterfly habitat concerns to approve Bolsover development Locked

Derbyshire County Council says there will be no net loss of biodiversity and asked the developers to manage the open space for an additional 20 years.

12 Jul 2019

Lithium battery market to experience rapid growth Locked

Major growth in lithium battery technologies through EVs, electricity storage and consumer electronics is forecast raising regional sustainability challenges.

12 Jul 2019

£40m Bury flood protection scheme begins Locked

Major flood protection works have kicked off at Bury, protecting homes, transport and other infrastructure from a repeat of the severe disruption experienced in 2015. 

12 Jul 2019

Water companies “need to clean up their act”

“Unacceptable” slippage in performance of the major English water and sewerage companies in 2018, including a rise in serious pollution, has prompted moves towards tougher regulation.

UK
12 Jul 2019

Streamlined  online appeals service follows critical report Locked

Planning Inspectorate says it will provide easier submission of appeals, clearer guidance and better tracking.

12 Jul 2019

Commission praises ‘beautiful’ brownfield development in Newcastle Locked

Opposing “identikit homes” and “boxland” developments, a report from a Government advice agency says that greater weight should be placed on beauty in the planning system.

12 Jul 2019

Non-housing brownfields to be used for burials? Locked

Public health expert suggests it would be viable way to cope with conventional burial space is running out.

11 Jul 2019

DEFRA consults as flood and coastal erosion strategies face urgent update Locked

Views of the public, scientists, local authorities and industry are being sought as the government prepares to update its flood defence, coastal erosion and infrastructure strategies.

11 Jul 2019

UK adaptation policy “less ambitious than ten years ago” Locked

The UK’s progress on adaptation has slipped backwards with Government’s plans piecemeal and less ambitious than a decade ago, according to its climate advisors.

11 Jul 2019

UK climate actions ‘fall well short’ ahead of net zero Locked

The Government’s overall record on aligning policy with its existing long-term carbon budgets has been one of abject failure over the last year, say climate advisers.

5 Jul 2019

£26m boost to UK carbon capture and storage Locked

The UK’s carbon capture sector has been languishing since the Government’s £1bn CCS competition was axed in 2015, but £26m funding for nine projects has been awarded to kick-start a new period of growth.

UK
5 Jul 2019

Burton-on-Trent flood scheme kicks off Locked

Burton-on-Trent homes and businesses are to benefit from £30m of additional flood protection, including wildlife and recreational enhancements as works begin.

5 Jul 2019

Planning fees set to increase says Brokenshire

Councils would be expected “to demonstrate measurable improvements within their performance – not just in terms of speed, but very firmly also in terms of quality”.

5 Jul 2019

Brokenshire takes over Ellesmere Port shale gas decision Locked

A controversial urban shale gas application at Ellesmere Port due to be decided by a planning inspector has been taken over by the communities secretary as Government nervousness grows following a series of setbacks for the sector.

5 Jul 2019

UK green finance strategy targets mainstream market Locked

The UK’s ambitious Green Finance Strategy aims to extend the market for low carbon financial services in the UK and globally through realigning incentives with long-term sustainability goals, new regulation and analytics.

4 Jul 2019

TfL announces ‘tube station housing’ in Enfield Locked

4 Jul 2019

Construction ‘drops like a stone’ in ‘black June' Locked

The abrupt loss of momentum in 2019 has been the worst experienced across the sector for a decade.