Jenny Bell looks at the potential implications for the offshore wind industry of the recent judicial review of four previously consented offshore wind farms off the coast of Scotland, successfully secured by the RSPB.

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Tom Hartley examines what the recently published Scottish planning review could mean for the use of new technologies in public consultation and the planning process more generally.

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Mikael Forup explains how good planning and management can help ensure developments have a net positive impact on the environment – and will have a better chance of securing planning consent as a result.

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The latest official figures show the amount of land in England designated as Green Belt in 2015-16 was 1,635,480 hectares, equivalent to 13% of the total land area. During that period, the size of England’s green belt declined by 1,020 Hectares. Altogether, eight local planning authorities adopted amended local plans during that time which contributed to this reduction in Green Belt. These authorities cited a combination of exceptional circumstances around the demand for housing and plans to release land for business use as the key reasons for taking land out of the Green Belt.

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