Planning articles

Green firms urge Lib Dems to retain local energy saving rules

Image of environmentally friendly home

Sustainable Energy Association and Association for the Conservation of Energy write to MPs over fears that local authority powers will be ditched

15 Apr 2014

Why are the Lib Dems trying to water down energy efficiency regulations?


Local authorities could be forced to ditch their energy saving targets under plans being pushed through Parliament

15 Apr 2014

Pickles takes further steps to block onshore wind farms

Little Cheyne Windfarm owned by RWE

RenewableUK warns decision to extend recovery powers is a "costly mistake", as new report warns Tory wind farm cap would push up costs of decarbonisation

10 Apr 2014

Wind farms can reduce house prices by up to 12 per cent, says LSE

Findings contrast with earlier study – and will fan homeowners' demands for compensation when wind farms are approved

09 Apr 2014

Humber offshore wind hub hits fresh planning setback

Parliament agrees to review consent decision after rival port developer unveiled conflicting plans

07 Apr 2014

Renewable energy industry celebrates as Merton Rule retained

Merton Rule allowing councils to set green energy targets for new buildings preserved, but similar powers for energy efficiency dropped

17 Mar 2014

Don't ditch Merton Rule, green energy companies urge Pickles

Around 50 organisations sign open letter urging Communities Secretary not to remove council power to set clean energy standards for new homes

12 Mar 2014

Government advisers call for a 25-year plan to boost natural capital

Value of services provided by nature is "ignored" and must come into national decision-making, government-backed body warns

11 Mar 2014

Good Energy looks to grow portfolio with new Cornish wind farm

Company submits plans for 23.5MW, 11 turbine installation expected to produce enough power for 13,500 homes

10 Mar 2014

Ecotricity accuses Pickles of "double standards" over fracking decisions

Shale gas operations not subject to local scrutiny like wind farms, company says

06 Mar 2014

iPads, wind farms, and the merits of "augmented reality"

Scottish company secures latest contract to provide wind farm developer with advanced wind farm visualisation technology

05 Mar 2014

Hounslow Council brands solar panels a threat to future generations

Couple told to pull down £20,000 development despite being encouraged by local council to go ahead

21 Feb 2014

Mainstream moves into the big time with plan to build 1GW of clean power

Irish developer enters "intensive" investment period as it gears up to build new projects in four continents

12 Feb 2014

Donald Trump trumped over offshore wind farm challenge

Scottish courts reject petition for judicial review over Scottish Government's approval of Aberdeenshire offshore wind farm

11 Feb 2014

Cost of green homes upgrades more than halved since 2011

Solar Trade Association says figures from Zero Carbon Homes standards proves greener homes are "affordable"

10 Feb 2014

Welsh tidal lagoon plan surges forward

Tidal Lagoon Power lodges planning application detailing how it would deliver clean power from 2018

07 Feb 2014

Government moves to amend shale planning law

Rules amended so companies no longer have to notify landowners of planning applications for solely underground operations

30 Jan 2014

UK set to ramp up shale gas: the reaction

BusinessGreen rounds up the reaction to the Prime Minister's plan to allow councils to keep all the business rates from fracking

13 Jan 2014

Solar park powers forward in David Cameron’s constituency

Solarcentury's 13.4MW solar farm in Eynsham, Oxfordshire gets green light from local councilors

12 Dec 2013

Donald Trump spat delays Aberdeen offshore wind farm

Vattenfall and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group blame planning problems around cabling and legal challenge from Donald Trump

06 Dec 2013

Will Pickles' latest planning rules allow communities to veto wind farms?

Wind industry welcomes government's latest planning measures, rejecting fears that communities will be able to veto projects in a pre-consultation stage

19 Nov 2013

Vattenfall to invest £150m in Kent offshore wind farm

Swedish utility says construction for 49.5MW Kentish Flats extension will start in 2015

04 Nov 2013

Is Eric Pickles out to squash the green economy?

The Communities Secretary's latest decision to block a new solar project fits into a pattern of opposition to the green economy

23 Oct 2013

Pickles steps in to block Suffolk solar farm

Lark Energy's project rejected by Secretary of State despite recommendation by planning inspector

21 Oct 2013

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