The government’s Road to Zero Strategy sets out plans to meet the pledge of banning all new petrol and diesel cars by 2040. A number of other reports suggest that the government needs to do far more to support the roll-out of electric vehicles.
This briefing reports on key developments on the HS2 project and related activities since September 2017. It includes an overview of recent government decisions relating to the second phase of HS2, an update on the progress of the enabling legislation for the project and a roundup of other related developments.
This new guide gives detailed advice on how to incorporate climate change into planning decisions, including the principles and approaches for ensuring local development decisions are compliant with the legal duty on local planning authorities to act on climate change.
The eagerly anticipated Clean Air Strategy is out for consultation. The Strategy includes measures on transport, in the home, industry and farming. This briefing focuses on transport and the home given their higher relevance to local authorities.
The report summarised here is the result of an unprecedented joint parliamentary committee investigation into government air quality policy. It argues that local authorities require significantly more support in order to tackle a public health crisis that leads to 40,000 avoidable deaths every year.
The Urban Transport Group’s report examines the impact of rising levels of van traffic on air quality, congestion and the public realm in towns and cities. The report argues that policy-makers, including in local government, should be paying more attention to the implications.
The Committee on Climate Change, an independent government advisory body, advises on the levels of the carbon budgets, and in general, its advice is heeded. Its assessment of the government’s Clean Growth strategy is the subject of this briefing.
In January 2018, the government released its long-term plan for the environment. The plan is especially relevant at this time given it lays out some of the government’s environmental policy priorities post-brexit. It covers a wide-range of environmental issues including land management, resource efficiency, health and wellbeing, and nature conservation.
What are the economic and wellbeing benefits of the national concessionary travel scheme and what are the issues over its costs and usage? An evaluation provides key evidence and findings.
Our new monthly housing and planning round up includes government announcements, latest housing and planning news, major reports and ongoing consultation documents. This month’s ‘big issue’ is the private rented sector.