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Dealing with net zero biodiversity and air quality issues in planning

The Secretary of State has a duty under the Climate Change Act 2008 to ensure that the net UK carbon account for the year 2050 is at least 100% lower than the 1990 baseline. View our video, discussing the legal obligations of net zero and the practical options and techniques that are required.

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Legal update

20 August 2020 The Environment Bill - submission of evidence, can we help?

Don’t miss the opportunity to shape the future of this key piece of environmental legislation - if you are thinking of making a submission to the Committee, we can assist you.

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13 July 2020 Annual progress report on reducing greenhouse gas emissions: the impact of Covid-19 and future challenges for the Government

For the first time, in this year’s report, tools have been provided to Parliamentarians to scrutinise the progress across Whitehall.

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Legal update

13 July 2020 Marine Conservation Zones: protecting seahorse populations in England

Sections 125 and 126 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 impose duties on public bodies in respect of marine conservation zones.

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13 July 2020 Conservation newsletter - July 2020

There is a potential for significant change and public bodies are likely to be at the forefront of delivering that change.

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16 June 2020 A mandate to go green?

Public bodies are going to play a key role in the changes needed to reach the UKs 2050 net zero emissions target.

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19 February 2020 Public matters - February 2020

This month includes public procurement, planning, the Clean Air Bill, rent regulation, and in loco parentis in schools.

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18 February 2020 Social value in procurement

The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 extends public bodies’ thinking beyond the financial costs of a contract and makes them evaluate how the services they procure might improve the economic, social and environment wellbeing of an area.

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14 February 2020 Clean Air Bill – what is its impact and will it ever become law?

Only a minority of Private Members’ bills become law, however by creating publicity surrounding a certain subject, in this instance clean air, they are often influential in shaping future government policy.

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Legal update

21 January 2020 Local authority ordered to disclose legally privileged material under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004

In the recent case of Brooksbank v Information Commissioner and another (EA/2018/0226), the First Tier Tribunal (Information Rights) (FTT(IR)) ordered a Local Authority to disclose its instructions to Queen’s Counsel to advise the Council in respect of a planning decision under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

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