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

DEFRA pledges £62m for flood defences in England Locked

A total of £62m in additional flood defence infrastructure funding across the Northern Powerhouse, Essex and Lincolnshire is aimed at protecting over 9,000 homes and businesses

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22 Sep 2019

Environment Agency homes in on cause of 10,000 Devon fish kill Locked

Two major river pollution incidents in August, with one coming to court this month, have led to thousands of fish deaths, as the Environment Agency struggles to cope amid deep cuts.

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22 Sep 2019

Digital progress still patchy in infrastructure Locked

A snapshot survey of the UK’s infrastructure sector found patchy progress on digitisation vital to innovation and cutting costs as well as development of a national ‘digital twin’ of the sector.

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22 Sep 2019

Surrey County Council approves oil production at Horse Hill Locked

Oil production of up to 3,500 barrels a day at the controversial Horse Hill oil site near Gatwick has been approved by Surrey councillors, with objectors now looking to appeal the decision.

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22 Sep 2019

Sustainable SUDS solution for M56 runoff Locked

A new, efficient and compact SUDS system capable of filtering out metal pollution and fine particles has been installed along the M56 to protect a stream in Cheshire from polluted runoff.

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22 Sep 2019

Leadership vacuum threatens Northern Ireland infrastructure Locked

Northern Ireland’s infrastructure is facing a crunch point as existing and new, longer-term decisions are increasingly held back by lack of political leadership despite the best efforts of civil servants.

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22 Sep 2019

Government tackles illegal green belt development Locked

It will provide a £2m pot to help local authorities crack down on this illicit construction.

22 Sep 2019

Water company hit with £156,000 pollution fine Locked

Anglian Water pleaded guilty at Leicester Magistrates’ Court to polluting Grendon Brook in Northamptonshire.

13 Sep 2019

Countryside to build taller towers at Beam Park Locked

The changes will lead to a 198 more homes than initially approved being built in the second phase of the development.

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

West Yorkshire calls for £141m flood defence funding Locked

Leeds City Region is looking to launch a £282m flood defence project but needs £141m government backing.

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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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

Aggregates plan thwarted in favour of open space Locked

A proposed aggregates development on a popular ancient woodland and former mining site near Pontypool has been refused permission by the Welsh Government following an appeal by the developer.

13 Sep 2019

Government invests £500m in green tech Locked

Rapid charging infrastructure, air pollution reduction technologies, and those tackling indoor air pollution all secured a tranche of this funding.

6 Sep 2019

ES submissions fall to lowest point in six years Locked

Government statistics for environmental statements submitted to local authorities in England show submissions have hit their lowest mark since 2012/13. They also point to much higher activity in London and the east of England than twelve months ago.

6 Sep 2019

Legal costs force fracking campaigners to drop challenge to protest injunction Locked

As Friends of the Earth lost its case to reduce the scope of an anti-protest injunction covering Cuadrilla’s shale gas site near Blackpool to protect three defendants, the company received a warning for multiple breaches of its environmental permit.

6 Sep 2019

Treasury launches economics of biodiversity consultation Locked

HM Treasury is seeking evidence on the links between global biodiversity, biodiversity damage and prospects for sustainable economic growth for a high-profile review to be presented at a crucial global biodiversity conference in China in 2020. 

6 Sep 2019

Environment Agency sets up client support network

The agency has contracted £80m worth of client support for flood defence, other capital and improvement works, as well as initiating or commissioning research ranging from incentivising environmental performance to impact of sea level rise.

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

RTPI’s six-point Brexit action plan Locked

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

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

Willmott Dixon uses plastic in roads for Bristol scheme Locked

Non-recyclable plastic will be used on the roads of its Ashton Rise development.

30 Aug 2019

Hogweed batteries could provide two-pronged solution Locked

The plant's stems could make useful battery materials while curbing the spread of this invasive species at the same time.

30 Aug 2019

Budget cuts hampering environmental protection, say groups Locked

Twenty organisations have written an open letter outlining the detrimental effect budget cuts will have on the enforcement agencies that oversee public policy.

20 Aug 2019

Government backs fracking Locked

It says that shale gas could be “an important domestic energy source”.

9 Aug 2019

‘Resourcing challenges’ hit Natural England’s role in planning

Natural England has prioritised response to planning applications, but elsewhere its wider statutory planning consultee role is suffering from severe budget cuts.

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