Passivhaus homes for Cotswolds village Locked

Passivhaus homes, community workshop, café and creche approved in virtual meeting

UK

Innovative funding key to Scottish nature plan Locked

Scottish nature conservation plan aims to unlock £1bn from diverse investment sources

UK

EDF submits planning application for Sizewell C Locked

Wildlife groups say Sizewell C will ‘devastate’ wetlands; but a funding package has still not been agreed for the £16bn project

UK

Jenrick quashes his own permission for Tower Hamlet homes Locked

The day after he gave permission in January, Tower Hamlets local plan and new CIL rates came into force. which would have meant the developer would have to stump up millions more.

UK

MPs scorn DfT and HS2 over Euston terminus confusion Locked

HS2 is now three years over-schedule and billions over-budget says a select committee report. Its Euston terminus won’t be completed until the 2030s, if it goes ahead at all

UK

UK to France interconnector would ‘increase energy security’ Locked

Next year the secretary of state will decide on a new high voltage transmission link between the UK and France

UK

How to decarbonise a local authority Locked

Ricardo highlights the deep challenges and opportunities facing any local authority in their net zero journey. Ian Grant reports.

UK

Plans for North Essex garden communities ruled unsound Locked

Planning inspector finds issues including provision of affordable housing, transport connectivity and lack of evidence on alternative solutions.

UK

Heathrow to appeal third runway ruling Locked

Business community still wants a third Heathrow runway despite coronavirus, Friends of the Earth are opposed

UK

Dramatic fall in air pollution provides glimpse of future Locked

You have to know the present to understand the future? COVID-19 provides a glimpse of the air quality we could have

UK

Adversity or opportunity in the planning regime? Locked

COVID-19 is disrupting the planning regime, but it also provides an opportunity to understand what is really important to society. Ian Grant reports

UK

CIEEM issues guidance on field survey adaptation Locked

The Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) has issued updated guidance on conducting ecological surveys and assessments during the COVID-19 outbreak.

UK

Sea level rise threatens Sizewell C Locked

Structural engineer claims Sizewell C could be in deep water as our climate warms

UK

Euston tunnels become the frontline in HS2 legal battle Locked

A judicial review to be heard next week may cause delays to crucial HS2 engineering work in London. It’s the last thing the troubled project needs

UK

Expert Opinion: The Future of EIA post COVID-19 Locked

Thomson Environmental Consultants’ director of EIA Peter George discusses how COVID-19 has created a “new normal” and what that may mean for EIA

UK

Delegated planning leads to calls for accountability Locked

In these unusual times, campaigners fear that civil liberties are being lost. Could planning services have gone too far in circumventing their normal systems?

UK

Planning profession publishes post-COVID road map Locked

Planners are suffering from ‘reform fatigue’ and are tired of being portrayed negatively. The RTPI has laid its cards on the table

UK

Thomson welcomes DEFRA clarity on field surveys Locked

Guildford-based Thomson Environmental Consultants has welcomed DEFRA’s confirmation that not all ecological and environmental survey work need to be put on hold due to the coronavirus restrictions.

UK

Flood protection delayed as pandemic bites Locked

Environment Agency’s work on large flood protection projects slows amid the coronavirus crisis

UK

HS2 contractors face abuse, and legal challenge Locked

Contractors start major work this week but report abuse from campaigners; protesters attempt to use COVID-19 to stop work

UK

Road strategy at odds with net zero, campaigners claim Locked

Campaigners claim the DfT’s latest road building and improvement programme will emit vast amounts of carbon into the atmosphere

UK

More post-COVID clarity needed in planning, says RTPI Locked

Some councils are holding virtual planning committee meetings and some have delegated development control to officers but the national picture is far from uniform

UK

Natural capital for net zero report published Locked

Nature-based interventions will deliver carbon reductions at the lowest economic cost

UK

IEMA launches digital impact assessment primer Locked

The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment has launched a digital impact assessment (DIA) primer providing an update to environmental professionals on the latest developments in undertaking impact assessments digitally.

Europe, UK

Scottish planning adapts to COVID-19 Locked

Scottish planning reforms delayed by COVID-19; meanwhile public scrutiny temporarily undermined by social distancing requirements

Scotland, UK

Legal battles intensify against infrastructure Locked

High Court rejects Packham’s call for a judicial review into HS2. Other campaigns against infrastructure continue undeterred

UK

Wylfa Newydd delay risks widening ‘energy gap’ Locked

Six month decision delay for Wylfa Newydd may have deep ramifications for the UK’s nuclear new build programme and by proxy - energy supply

UK

Homes England very active in coronavirus crisis Locked

Homes England has been busy in the coronavirus crisis with acquisitions and  projects moving forward in Salford, Welwyn Garden City and affordable housing projects in the north, midlands and south.

UK

Infrastructure will be key to national recovery Locked

A prolonged coronavirus emergency could lead to a radical re-alignment of government priorities, towards infrastructure and away from housing, an expert has predicted

UK

CIEEM pleads for COVID-19 support for ecologists Locked

CIEEM warns that COVID-19 may lead to an exodus of early-career ecologists from the sector

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