• 17 June 2015

Practical Implications for Planning and Environment

The State opening of Parliament at the end of May saw the Queen detailing the new Government’s agenda for the coming year. There are wide ranging implications for planning, energy and the environment, which we have summarised below. As always, the devil will be in the detail, and whilst her Majesty announced 25 new Bills there is perhaps a missed opportunity for a new standalone Planning Bill which would seek to create further efficiencies to simplify and accelerate the development process.

While the Queen’s Speech also contained a reaffirmed commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 from the 1990 levels, the change in the planning regime for onshore windfarms could be seen as counterintuitive to the need to strategically tackle continued investment in renewable energy and the decarbonisation of the energy supply chain at a national level.

Opportunities for devolution to Northern England and Wales could be an exciting stimulus for taking forward infrastructure and property developments in these areas but only time will tell how meaningful the changes will be. As always, we will be watching developments in this arena very carefully.