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Environmental impact assessment thresholds and neighbourhood plan regime to change following technical consultation download
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) launched its technical consultation on proposed planning reforms on 31 July 2014.
Green Investment Bank recently reported that there is an opportunity to invest approximately £5bn in UK energy-from-waste infrastructure, with an emphasis on processing commercial and industrial waste.
A conservation covenant is an agreement between a landowner and a responsible body, whereby the landowner promises to carry out or refrain from carrying out activities on their land.
Invasive non-native species are plants and animals introduced into a natural environment where they are not usually found with serious adverse consequences for the environment.
Chancellor’s Autumn Statement and the national infrastructure plan — what does it mean for planning? download
Walker Morris’ planning and environment team provides a brief overview of the proposals likely to impact on the current planning regime.
In July 2013, the DCLG launched its consultation on an updated national waste planning policy.
DECC has released its report summarising the responses received and action to be taken regarding underground access for gas, oil and geothermal developers.
Developing allotments download
The term ‘allotment’ usually refers to land held by a local authority under the Allotment Acts 1908–1950, but it is also possible for allotments to be privately owned.
Legislation could permit landowners to voluntarily agree that certain things should be required or prohibited in respect of a piece of land for conservation purposes.
The Department for Communities and Local Government has launched a technical consultation on further proposals for reform of the planning process.
Ofgem and DECC have jointly published an action plan of measures to encourage the growth of independent energy suppliers.
On 2 July, the EU Commission published a number of documents aimed at moving the EU towards a circular economy.
On 1 July 2014, BIS published new guidance on how to apply the new EU General Block Exemption Regulation.
Town and village greens — additional trigger events to prevent applications to register TVGs download
Walker Morris provides an update on the Commons (Town and Village Greens) (Trigger and Terminating Events) Order 2014, which came into force on 12 February 2014.
The Queen’s Speech was delivered to both Houses of Parliament on 4 June, outlining the intended legislative programme for the 2014–15 session.
DECC’s UK Solar PV Strategy Part 1: Roadmap to a Brighter Future sets out the strategy for the development of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy generation in the UK.
Proposed changes to the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive received approval from the European Parliament in March 2014.
Biomethane-to-grid technology involves producing biogas through anaerobic digestion (AD) of crops, waste, slurries or sewage feedstock.
Changes introduced under the Waste Regulations 2014 mean businesses can now use invoices, orders and receipts to prove waste has been transferred legally and safely.
Water Act 2014 receives royal assent download
The Water Act 2014 received royal assent on 14 May 2014, bringing important changes to water industry operation and management of water resources.