8 Nov 2019

End of fracking in the UK? Locked

Is the ban on fracking in England due to safety concerns the end for the industry in this country?

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8 Nov 2019

Don’t panic! ‘Dad’s Army’ response to climate change sea level rise Locked

Have you heard of internal drainage boards? They have a frontline role in dealing with the floods and coastal erosion that will be caused by climate change. Will Hatchett reports

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7 Nov 2019

Protect net zero commitment says RTPI manifesto Locked

It points out that local authority planning teams have seen a reduction of 42% in funding since 2009/10 which doesn't help to meet targets.

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1 Nov 2019

‘Dynamic duo’ of housing promote beauty and technology Locked

The housing secretary and minister have been putting forward radical ideas to boost UK housing supply – a revamp of permitted development and more modular housing.

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1 Nov 2019

MPs push for non-regression of standards in Environment Bill Locked

MPs worry that under the current wording, the bill enables a future government to weaken current standards.

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1 Nov 2019

Competition launched to find ‘the next Canary Wharf’ Locked

The Government is looking for bold and ambitious proposals for “transformational housing and economic growth opportunities”.

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1 Nov 2019

‘How to’ guide to attracting local investment Locked

It says vital assets such as roads, homes and public buildings provide critical support to local economies and can unlock a community’s potential.

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25 Oct 2019

New building regs are part of net zero 50 Locked

The consultations are designed to ensure that homes have  low carbon requirements for heating and high standards of energy efficiency.

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25 Oct 2019

Court of Appeal hears case against Heathrow runway Locked

The Court of Appeal has heard the cases made by several organisation against a third Heathrow runway this week.

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24 Oct 2019

Parish council victory overturns Halton's waste plant Locked

It argued that the site was not listed for use as a waste transfer station in the relevant Joint Waste Development Plan.

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24 Oct 2019

Environment Bill met with scepticism Locked

The Government’s Environment Bill has elicited a mixed reaction. Here is what the RTPI, Greenpeace, Labour, and Friends of the Earth had to say about it…

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24 Oct 2019

Government to launch index of brownfield data Locked

It plans to release data held by local bodies to improve the Brownfield Registers.

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18 Oct 2019

Environment Bill contains binding targets and biodiversity net gain Locked

The OEP will not be able to fine the UK Government for non-compliance with environmental targets but will be able to impose sanctions against public bodies.

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18 Oct 2019

McVey proposes planning delay rebates and ‘A-team’ Locked

Teams could include specialist planners, designers or ecologists, for struggling authorities.

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17 Oct 2019

Civil servants spur Birmingham and Peterborough regeneration Locked

Government's Hub Programme will involve 2,700 civil servants moving to new sites, reduce operating costs and streamline the Government’s estate.

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17 Oct 2019

Arts investment backs York and Coventry brownfields Locked

A £250m Culture Investment Fund aims to drive regeneration and attract tourists to world-class cultural attractions across England.

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17 Oct 2019

Edinburgh losing 11ha of green belt a year, says report Locked

A lot of this is due to the paving of garden areas, says the Centre of Expertise for Water (CREW).

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14 Oct 2019

Numerous bills set to affect D&I sector Locked

Besides the Environment Bill, other areas include the Agriculture Bill, building safety standards, a National Infrastructure Strategy, regional and railway reform - providing the Conservatives win the election.

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11 Oct 2019

McVey warns Broxbourne to ‘lay off green belt’ Locked

She says her key priority as a minister will be “to limit the pressure on undeveloped green belt land” in new developments.

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11 Oct 2019

Guide to producing beautiful and successful places Locked

The guide has been prepared in the context of climate change, changing home ownership models and new developments in technology.

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11 Oct 2019

Housing Secretary puts positive twist on housing statistics

More than 173,000 homes were built by developers in the year up to June 2019, according to Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick, but the housing statistics aren’t quite so encouraging on closer inspection.

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27 Sep 2019

Abergelli gas-fired plant approved despite Net Zero policy Locked

The business secretary has granted a consent order for a medium sized gas-fired peaking plant in South Wales. But there are questions over whether it is consistent with achieving Net Zero emissions by 2050.

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27 Sep 2019

DfT announces £435m road upgrades as climate concerns deepen

The Government’s latest road investments, part of a £9bn upgrade, aim to cut congestion, but risk substantially increasing traffic and associated greenhouse gas emissions.

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24 Sep 2019

Crown Estate launches offshore wind leasing round 4 Locked

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22 Sep 2019

Free ports - economic benefit or planning blight? Locked

A report by free port advocates following the Government's plan has called for looser planning rules to promote surrounding developments. But this could pose major challenges to sustainable development with uncertain economic outcomes. Paul Hatchwell reports.

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22 Sep 2019

Conservative backs Greater Manchester housing and jobs plan Locked

Leader of Bolton Council, with a veto on the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, has given support, despite colleagues arguing for greater protection of the green belt.

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.

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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. 

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