sustainable thinking

Planning articles

Cameron's first-time buyers plans slammed by green builders


Industry concerned Conservative proposal to build 100,000 cheap homes ignores zero carbon standards

29 Sep 2014

Government frees up fracking rules despite 99 per cent opposition

Shale gas site picture by DECC

Scottish government accuses Whitehall of taking "gung-ho" approach to shale gas with new drilling regulations, but geothermal industry welcomes move

26 Sep 2014

Renewables industry slams Pickles over 50th wind farm intervention

RWEs Farr wind farm by Norman Childs

Communities Secretary calls in his 50th wind farm planning application for ministerial assessment, riding roughshod over local planning decisions

25 Sep 2014

South Downs National Park rejects Celtique's fracking application

Celtique Energie suffers second blow in Sussex and accuses committee and planning officers of failing to take account of national interest

11 Sep 2014

Campaign to Protect Rural England warns of fresh countryside development fears

New research reveals new planning regulations are allowing planning inspectors to overturn decisions by local councils

08 Sep 2014

Tree loses out in battle between Aldi and Ecology

Ecology building society’s month long battle to save an ancient lime in West Yorkshire falls foul of planning laws

28 Aug 2014

Oregon coal terminal halted as environmental campaigners celebrate

Plans for a $242m terminal on the Columbia River were rejected by the state over threat to water resources

20 Aug 2014

How Plan Bee is creating a biodiversity buzz among businesses

Plan Bee founder and chief executive Warren Bader reveals why everyone from Boyzone to Balfour Beatty is embracing the bee-keeping craze

05 Aug 2014

Planning barriers dropped for large solar rooftop schemes

Government unveils proposals that would see systems up to 1MW approved automatically in most circumstances

04 Aug 2014

RWE launches legal challenge to Pickles wind farm block

Developer confirms High Court challenge as Communities Secretary rejects second RWE wind farm recommended by planning officials

31 Jul 2014

Updated: Celtique Energie’s Sussex fracking application rejected

West Sussex County Council throws out plans for exploratory drilling near Wisborough Green

22 Jul 2014

Updated: Fracking neighbours seek to block Celtique's shale application

Residents in South Downs National Park inform government they refuse permission for fracking beneath their land

21 Jul 2014

Wind farm industry failing to halt Pickles' planning attack

Banks Renewables ditches Killington scheme ahead of public inquiry while Ecotricity fails to challenge government over Black Ditch project

01 Jul 2014

Updated: High Court quashes Eric Pickles' solar farm block

Judge rules against Secretary of State over Lark Energy's Ellough solar park in Suffolk

23 Jun 2014

Breaking: Government green lights giant East Anglia One offshore wind farm

Department of Energy and Climate Change says wind farm off the coast of East Anglia will drive £520m of investment and create around 2,900 jobs

17 Jun 2014

Pickles launches public inquiry into approved wind farm

RenewableUK says 40 wind farm projects have now been called in for review by Communities Secretary

11 Jun 2014

Pickles deals fresh blow to UK solar farm sector

Communities Secretary blocks a further two solar farm projects, fuelling fears of a war on renewables

09 Jun 2014

Ed Davey admits fears over Eric Pickles' wind farm block

Renewable energy groups also concerned planning rejections undermine government's community renewable energy strategy

06 Jun 2014

Could the Queen's Speech deliver a surprise boost to community renewables projects?

Guardian reports government is planning new legislation to give communities the right to take a stake in local renewables projects

04 Jun 2014

Queen's Speech: Greens blast move to ease fracking planning rules

Caroline Lucas warns new infrastructure and competitiveness Bill would undermine efforts to tackle climate change and counter public opinion of shale gas

03 Jun 2014

Reports: Eric Pickles to end renewables-blocking reign as Communities Secretary

Paper says Esther McVey could replace Pickles at DCLG, with the Communities Secretary moving to become Conservative Party Chairman

02 Jun 2014

Fracking payments raised as new oil reserves identified in southern England

Government set to allow drilling under homes without permission as it strives to access estimated 4.4 billion barrels of oil under southern counties

23 May 2014

Could work really start on the Swansea tidal lagoon next year?

Tidal Lagoon boss reckons he can transform the UK's energy landscape, starting with a £850m project in Swansea Bay

22 May 2014

Cuadrilla prepares next wave of fracking planning applications

Controversial company confirms it will submit applications to drill four exploration wells in Lancashire in the coming weeks

20 May 2014

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