The prime minister’s ‘build, build, build’ strategy could harm habitats and reduce wildlife protection, critics warn
The Budget has simultaneously pleased and infuriated environmentalists by promising long-awaited green measures whilst expanding roads and freezing fuel duty.
Building new homes on flood plains in England should be resisted if at all possible, the head of the Environment Agency Sir James Bevan has said.
Floors which use an arched design can be thinner, lighter and use fewer materials than conventional slabs which use steel reinforcement.
Accord Housing Association has committed to building ‘virtually plastic-free’ housing as it attempts to reduce the amount of plastic used during construction.
The West Midlands organisation plans to build 12 homes using alternatives to fit kitchens, bathrooms and windows, as well as reducing the amount of plastic used in building materials.
Scientists say there is hope that some ash forests will be able to survive a devastating tree disease.
Developers in Britain could be required to put the environment at the heart of residential and commercial building and have to assess the type of habitat before submitting planning applications.
Defra has announced its new simplified Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) options are open for business, alongside a sister scheme offering grants for the restoration of hedgerows and boundaries.
A council has been accused of “double standards” after one of its contractors was pictured trimming hedges in the peak of the bird nesting season.
Lawyers and ecologists say that EU directives and European-derived regulations that relate to wildlife protection and air quality limits are likely to remain in place despite the referendum outcome…
Lawyers insisted this week that despite the result of the EU referendum, developers would still have to comply with European-derived regulations which augment the planning system like environmental impact assessment (EIA), air quality limits and habitats protection.
“Many of these will be extremely difficult to unpick, and some reflect international treaty obligations, so are likely to remain, even when the UK finally leaves” said Angus Walker, a senior partner at law firm BDB.
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