Environment secretary considers strengthening Natural England’s role in planning

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is considering boosting the nature regulator’s role in the planning regime so it can help councils tackle new initiatives such as net gain and improve their scrutiny of developers’ environmental impact assessments, according to the environment secretary.

What the government’s sixth carbon budget means for planners

The government’s recently announced sixth carbon budget introduces even tougher emission reduction requirements that policy- and decision-makers will be required to meet. This may raise legal risks for planners if plans and decisions are not in line with the budget’s targets, commentators warn.