Flood risk management lacks focus Locked

The government has accepted that surface water flooding responsibilities are confused and overlap. But when will action be taken?

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White paper’s unintended consequences Locked

Could the planning white paper re-balance economic development away from the north and produce a centralised, top-down system that pleases nobody? Will Hatchett reports

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Promoting nature in built environment is ‘win, win, win’ Locked

Cooler, flood resilient houses, greater biodiversity and reduced crime. What’s not to like?

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Gatwick preparing DCO for second runway Locked

Campaigners sceptical of claims that bringing an additional runway into use will not have an environmental impact

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Permit challenge over Rivenhall incinerator Locked

Stack height and best available technology are at centre of a legal claim concerning an Essex energy from waste plant

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Legal challenge to planning changes moves closer Locked

A new charity hopes to prove in court that the introduction of key aspects of the government’s planning reforms was illegal

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Pandemic fails to halt growth of LUC Locked

The environmental planning consultancy is recruiting again in spite of COVID-19, with the digital side of business performing particularly strongly of late, according to MD Jon Grantham

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LUC to help Cornwall achieve carbon neutrality Locked

Landscape design and planning consultancy LUC has won a contract to produce a new Renewable Energy Landscape Sensitivity Assessment for Cornwall.

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Jenrick outlines radical planning reform Locked

Environment Analyst assesses Robert Jenrick’s zonal planning proposals and provides the industry reaction, including how it might affect EIA

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Large-scale electricity storage removed from NSIP regime Locked

Delisting of ‘super batteries’ from NSIP regime designed to make it easier for developers to gain consent, might make it harder

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English NO2 exceedances fell in 2018, says FotE Locked

Independent data audit concludes NO2 emission breaches are on the decline, but remain too high

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Green light for Cleve Hill solar giant Locked

Swale Borough Council fails in legal challenge against Cleve Hill solar park, EIA from Arcus helps secure consent

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Environment industry defends EIA, following Eustice criticism Locked

Campaigners fear changes to EIA trailed for the autumn may drastically weaken environmental protection

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Homes England design guide pushes active travel Locked

‘Active travel’ and public transport feature heavily in Homes England’s latest design guidance for new developments

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AECOM’s launches digital EIA for Sizewell C Locked

Sizewell C’s 40,000 page environmental statement goes digital. Is this the new normal for large infrastructure projects?

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AECOM approaching Net Zero Teesside DCO application Locked

56,000-strong firm leading public consultation ahead of DCO submission early next year

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Pressure groups fire warning over planning reforms Locked

They warn warn that the proposed reforms will allow developers to ride roughshod over communities.

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Infrastructure key to net zero delivery for UK Locked

Energy, transport and utilities dominate UK carbon emissions. Re-skilling and strategic planning and investment for low carbon are needed urgently

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Sunak focuses on housing to restore ‘feel good factor’ Locked

Lower stamp duty and new ‘green deal’ from the chancellor’s COVID-rescue package boosts construction confidence

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Government unveils £5.2bn flood defence targets Locked

Government’s flood risk management policy statement outlines where and how £5.2bn will be spent over the next six years

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Air quality improves as commuters stay home Locked

Pandemic prompts dramatic fall in vehicle emissions, paradoxically yielding health benefits

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Secretary of state to rule on Esso’s fuel pipeline Locked

Bats, nesting sites and ancient trees or more road tankers? It’s a tough call for Robert Jenrick

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Culture change needed to ‘build back better’ Locked

Expert warns attendees at Environment Analyst’s 2020 Business Summit that the UK’s environmental protection systems have been ‘hollowed out’

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Spending on roads, schools and fusion to fuel recovery Locked

The Lower Thames Crossing, the Curzon Street HS2 station and the National Fusion Technology Platform top a new list of capital projects

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Welsh government calls time on coal mining Locked

One of the last open-cast coal mines in South Wales has been closed on environmental grounds. Decisions are still awaited on Woodhouse Colliery and Druridge Bay

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PM launches ‘build, build, build’ and ‘project speed’ Locked

The planning reforms announced last week are likely to be the prelude to a further deregulation of the planning system in July

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Court of Session finds for Gladman in ‘tilted balance’ case Locked

A landmark ruling in Scotland has underlined that the ‘tilted balance’ in favour or development applies in Scotland as it does in England.

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ISO publishes environmental report assurance standard Locked

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‘Offshore wind boom‘ predicted for Highlands and Islands Locked

Scottish plans could make a significant contribution to the UK’s target of supplying up to a third of UK energy from offshore wind by 2030

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Contractor pulls out of Aberdeen Harbour expansion Locked

The suspension of work to deepen and extend Aberdeen harbour is the latest blow to a region hit by the collapse in oil prices

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