George Eustice is new environment secretary Locked

The appointment generally well received by the farming community, but less well by environmentalists.

UK

Regeneration and green innovation prominent in Freeports consultation Locked

Planning reforms are expected to help sea ports develop within their boundaries and empower local councils to greenlight local construction projects

UK

HS2 go-ahead: proponents and detractors argue it out Locked

The go-ahead for High Speed 2 (HS2) on Tuesday reminds of the John Lydgate saying: “You can’t please all of the people, all of the time.” Here we look at the pros and cons.

England

Fracking is still allowed under moratorium, Kwarteng confirms Locked

If less than 1000m³ of water is injected during every fracturing stage, or less than 10000m³ during the entire process - then the activity is not considered hydraulic fracturing.

UK

New features in Environment Bill Locked

A report every two years which will work alongside a requirement for current and future Ministers to make a statement to Parliament identifying environmental impacts of all new environmental primary legislation.

UK

South Godstone and Harlow ‘test cases’ for green belt Locked

The South Godstone garden scheme is now is being assessed by the Planning Inspectorate - the first large-scale decision of this nature following the general election.

UK

City Deal to boost employment in south-west Wales Locked

The decision follows Tata Steel’s announcement that its Port Talbot plant must be “self sustaining”, with the company recording a loss of £371m in 2019.

UK

Climate change ‘at heart of’ RTPI strategy Locked

The chair says underpinning the whole plan is an urgent need to address the climate crisis with planners “at the vanguard” addressing it.

UK

Developers and planners urged to focus on beauty Locked

Two reports call for the planning system to fast track well-designed buildings. They show that high-density urban schemes, favouring people over cars, are back in fashion.

UK

Local plans under attack in Surrey, Kent and Wigan Locked

Objectors largely focus on housing plans for green belt land and disproportionate increases in population.

UK

Essex development blocked, despite inspector’s mistakes Locked

Case focused on misinterpretation of Natural England's advice on the potential adverse effect of the development on a conservation area.

UK

Manchester set to consult on new local plan Locked

It will cover a range of emerging strategic issues such as housing demand, transport infrastructure, healthy neighbourhoods and achieving a zero carbon Manchester by 2038.

UK

Atkins calls for 'net zero champion' or department in government Locked

Atkins' report also calls for energy sea change to achieve net zero target

UK

UK land use emissions could be cut by two thirds Locked

Large increase in tree planting, low carbon farming and restoration of of peatlands are some of the measures recommended by the Committee on Climate Change.

UK

Use brownfield sites for social housing, says report Locked

It found that there are almost 18,000 brownfield sites across the UK and calls for them to be prioritised for low-cost, affordable social housing development, using modern methods of construction.

UK

South Oxfordshire threatened with withdrawl of powers Locked

The new council, which declared a ‘climate emergency’ in the summer, announced its intention to provide fewer homes and to halt green belt releases.

UK

McVey promises ‘turbocharged’ planning Locked

Changes would include a standard method for assessing housing need and reforms to permitted development.

UK

New rules simplify brownfield development in Canada Locked

The changes would reduce construction costs by making it simpler to reuse the excavated soils produced during construction.

Canada, Global, North America

Academics oppose Southampton Airport expansion Locked

They claim that noise levels would be 150% of the maximum allowed under the Aviation Policy Framework and assessments fail to account for cumulative effects of housing expansion.

UK

Faster planning promised in white paper reforms Locked

A statutory new homes ombudsman, restriction of ‘land banking’ and a larger Housing Infrastructure Fund are on the menu for the next Parliamentary session, which will bring a planning white paper.

UK

Braintree extension quashed due to flood fears Locked

The 4ha brownfield site is a capped former landfill whose ground level had been raised by about 1m. Part of the site lies on floodplain.

UK

Johnson pledges infrastructure funding for Eastleigh Locked

Boris Johnson accused the Liberal Democrat council of “cavalier” behaviour but said, "we will of course supply the infrastructure necessary and do it on brownfield sites.”

UK

Ox-Cam Expressway ‘on ice’ as petition launched Locked

It says any route in the proposed corridor will damage our countryside and health while doing nothing to meet the pressing transport needs of Oxfordshire.

UK

Jenrick affirms ‘brownfield first’ policy Locked

Housing secretary is confident that the West Midlands housing needs can be substantially met through the use of previously developed land.

UK

European Green Deal aims to double renovation Locked

It says the prices of different energy sources should incentivise energy-efficient buildings and that the design of buildings should be in line with the circular economy.

UK

McVey backs brownfields, modular housing and ‘construction corridor’ Locked

She says Boris Johnson has promised a £10bn Housing Infrastructure Fund, should the Conservatives be elected, which councils would be able to bid for.

UK

BPF points to falling planning funding in manifesto Locked

With the major parties prioritising housing during the current general election, the planning system may struggle to deal with increased housing targets without further investment.

UK

HS2 wins High Court battle with protesters Locked

Judge David Holland said protests could be staged in the vicinity of the construction site, but not on the footpath.

UK

‘Newts not jobs’, says Anglesey Council Locked

It says insufficient information has been received with the planning application for business units to assess the extent of adverse effects on newts together with any avoidance or mitigation measures required.

UK

‘Greener’, scaled-back Ravenscraig unveiled Locked

It is hoped that, by 2045, the development will include about 4,000 houses, 112,000 sq m of industrial, retail and business space and 31,000 sq m of civic and community space.

UK