Gove orders public inquiry into Leeds Bradford expansion

Barry White

Local campaigners have welcomed  government action to hold a public inquiry into the decision to allow the building of a new £150m terminal building at Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA). The airport’s planning application was approved by Leeds City Council last March despite objections by campaigners and local MPs. Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick postponed making a decision on calls for a public inquiry, but his successor Michael Gove has now “called in” the plans.

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ACE responds to Lord’s Close development proposals

Barry White

ACE  has responded to the planning application submitted by Giggleswick School and Wellesley Homes to Craven District Council for a mix of 41, one, two, three and four-bedroom houses on two parcels of land at Lord’s Close, Giggleswick. Following discussions by the campaign’s energy working group and at the virtual Green Café meeting on Saturday 15 January, Sarah Wiltshire ACE Coordinator has written to the Council’s planning department as follows:

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COP26: A just transition?

Barry White

Last November, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) held two just transition workshops at a fringe meeting in Glasgow City Chambers during COP26. The workshops examined national just transition examples from around the world and projects that emphasise community engagement and participation. The nine speakers from England, Wales, Germany, Ghana, Indonesia, Malaysia, the US and Kenya told the in-person and online audiences about their projects, highlighting what helped them succeed and the obstacles they had to overcome.

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Government face legal challenges over inadequate climate strategies

Barry White

Friends of the Earth is taking the government to court over two of its climate strategies which it considers inadequate and filed papers on 12 January see: https://friendsoftheearth.uk/climate/government-taken-court-over-inadequate-climate-strategies. The Judicial Review, brought to the High Court by the environmental campaign group, will challenge both the government’s Net Zero Strategy (NZS) and its Heat and Buildings Strategy. It will do so on the basis that the NZS does not comply with the Climate Change Act 2008, which Friends of the Earth was central to devising and securing. The group also contends that the Heat and Buildings Strategy should have considered the impacts of its policies on protected groups, as part of ensuring a fair energy transition where climate action aligns with social responsibility.

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