The environment secretary says his plan to ‘refocus’ the Habitats Regulations is intended to deliver creative public policy thinking that delivers results, ‘rather than relying on change being set principally by litigation and case law’. Could recent case law that poses potential problems for the government’s housebuilding agenda be in his sights?... Read more
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The High Court has quashed government plans to build a two-mile tunnel beneath Stonehenge, in a judicial review
Planning guidance for building in flood risk areas is to be tightened, the government has announced
A development consent order approving a major road junction improvement scheme has been quashed by the High Court, after the government admitted that environmental impact assessment (EIA) requirements had not been met.
Almost a million trees will be planted and hundreds of jobs supported through the second tranche of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, according to DEFRA
A parish councillor who campaigned against plans for a 'retirement village' to be built in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has resigned.
The flaws in the biodiversity net gain calculator have all been corrected, says Natural England, but will its official launch later this year satisfy everyone? James Agyepong-Parsons reports
As the government's flagship green legislation nears royal assent, environment minister Rebecca Pow speaks to ENDS about controversial plans to refocus the Habitats Regulations and measures in the bill to tackle sewage discharges from storm overflows
The Environment Bill contains provisions that would prevent the green watchdog from disclosing information about its investigations, alarming peers and green groups alike. Wil Crisp reports
The Environment Agency, a water firm and a fuel company are being coy about who is accountable for the pollution of the river Test in Hampshire. James Fair reports
The government’s plan to reform the environmental assessment regime could see the need for site-specific assessment removed in some areas earmarked for growth and changes made on which developments require an EIA, write Claire Petricca-Riding and Stefano D’Ambrosio
The government claims the UK is leading the pack on nature restoration, but it failed to meet international targets and its Environment Bill biodiversity goals have been slammed for being merely ‘a loose encouragement towards halting decline’. Tess Colley reports
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