Regulation & Policy


lockedNuclear decommissioning plans

Plans have been published for the next three years' nuclear decommissioning work.
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lockedCouncil leader attacks national planning

A local authority leader has launched a bitter attack on application of national planning policy, with accusations of inconsistency.
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New impact assessment directive adopted

The European Council has approved adoption of the revised EIA directive.
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lockedMEPs approve diluted invasive species rules

The Parliament's plenary has restored some of the damage done by MEPs on the Environment Committee.
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Durkan refuses four out-of-town stores

The Northern Ireland environment minister has refused four out-of-town retail applications near Magherafelt.
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lockedMPs urge invasive species action

A Commons committee has urged new legislation on invasive alien species.
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Smart growth test for garden cities

Campaigners have welcomed the need for garden cities to gain local support but are warning requirements in the Government's prospectus fall a long way short of meeting smart growth requirements like brownfield-first.
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IPCC urges action on sprawl and development

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says urgent action is needed on sprawl and it urges transit-oriented development.
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Garden city prospectus finally appears

The Government has invited "locally supported" bids to build major new settlements.
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Environmental legislation for Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland environment minister Mark H Durkan has announced plans for a Better Regulation Bill to overhaul environmental regulation.
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