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Wetlands for people, for wildlife, and for the future
The theme of this year’s international World Wetlands Day (today - Monday, 2 February) * is “Wetlands for our future”. At a time where evidence of a changing climate grows stronger - eight of the UK’s top ten warmest years (since 1910) have occurred since 1992 - planning for the...
2 Feb 2015
No energy for proper planning
It’s a busy time for Parliament looking at the Government’s draft national policy statements (NPSs). Our post on 20 January reported on the Transport Select Committee’s look at ports. The week before we were up in front of the Energy and Climate Change Committee looking at the energy...
25 Jan 2010
Withering criticism of energy plans
The House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee has published its report today on the proposed national policy statements (NPSs) for major energy infrastructure. The MPs have rightly delivered a ‘ withering critique’ of the NPSs in their current form, and proposed many very sensible...
23 Mar 2010
A blog about curlews, shelduck and a prosperous Scotland
Hello from a very sunny and warm Skinflats (I have worked in this office for nine months now and that is the first time I have been able to say that!). The good weather means it is the perfect time to get out and about, and what better way to spend a morning than experiencing some of the fantastic wildlife...
31 May 2013
We’ve said before that proper strategic planning, with good community consultation and environmental assessment, is essential to steer development away from environmentally-damaging options. That’s why the RSPB and WWF-UK commissioned a report on the Government’s assessments of the...
11 Feb 2010
Dump dirty coal
They’re out – at last. As I reported on 1 October, the Government has now published its national policy statements on energy . These statements will be crucial when the new Infrastructure Planning Commission makes decisions on proposals for new power stations, whether coal, nuclear or...
10 Nov 2009
Saving Special Places – one year on.
It’s the Saving Special Places blog’s first birthday. We’ve covered a lot of ground in the last year – both from the UK and further afield, from the Severn to the Serengeti. Last September Lydd and Hunterston were already prominent cases, one post was entitled ‘Lydd Airport...
6 Sep 2010
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