Government ‘holds its nerve’ on sustainable planning reforms

Builders and big business are praising the Government for “holding its nerve” on new reforms of the planning system. Yesterday the Department for Communities and Local Government brought out its new policy framework, which changes the way developers get permission for building projects. “Development that is sustainable should go ahead, without delay – a presumption […]

Planning process harming business, says entrepreneur

The Government should look to cut unnecessary red tape for growing green businesses in the upcoming Budget. This is the view of entrepreneur Simon Rigby, founder of Farmgen, who says the length of time the planning process takes is doing real harm to green businesses. Mr Rigby said reform was needed: “There are companies looking […]

Editorial

So the CRC has been ‘streamlined’ by DECC. The major changes are a reduction in the number of fuels covered by the legislation, a move to fixed price allowances, overall simplification of the entry criteria and reducing an overlap with other schemes such as the EUETS. See our related story CRC changes announced for full […]

Scottish Renewables urge planning overhaul

As Westminster published its Localism Bill yesterday, trade organisation Scottish Renewables has called for changes in the regulatory and planning regimes north of the border to realise Scotland’s renewable ambitions. The launch of a new policy paper – Driving the Low Carbon Economy: Planning – highlights changes needed to increase efficiency, drive down cost and […]

Hydro scheme success hailed as a model of planning

Three hydro-electric schemes for the Blair Atholl estates in Scotland have been given the go ahead by council planners. The three schemes have the potential to generate a combined 1500kW of electricity and could have working lives of up to a century. For at least the first two decades, they will also generate revenues for […]

Anti-wind farm protestors could cost England £1.3bn

Anti-wind farm campaigners could cost England £1.3bn, according to trade body Renewable UK. A new report produced for RenewableUK by consultancy GL Garrard Hassan puts the £1.3bn price tag on lost investment. The figures are based on onshore wind farm developments currently seeking planning consent in England and do not include investment that has been […]

Waste policy in England is rubbish says Ainsworth

Former Conservative MP Peter Ainsworth says the new Environment Secretary faces numerous obstacles in tackling England’s waste policy. A London conference heard that while there were enormous opportunities for the waste industry in terms of creating jobs and delivering a more sustainable economy, the involvement of too many public bodies had turned it into ‘a […]

Consultancy wants to see government action on energy

The UK’s largest independent energy consultancy McKinnon & Clarke has said that while the government is “saying the right things” about energy, it is “not yet backing it up with real action”. Energy analyst for McKinnon & Clarke David Hunter said: “We are heartened by Charles Hendry’s comments to the Nuclear Industry Forum on how […]