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The Secretary of State has finally granted planning permission for Lark Energy's solar farm at Ellough Airfield in Suffolk

Pickles makes U-turn on Suffolk solar farm

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has made a surprise U-turn decision on the expansion of what would be one of the UK's largest solar farms.

Businesses will be allowed to install up to 4,000 solar panels on their rooftops without requiring planning permission

Pickles cuts red tape for large solar rooftop schemes

Businesses will be permitted to install rooftop solar arrays of up to 1MW in size without the need for planning permission, under new Government changes expected to be confirmed by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles today (25 March).

UK wind power generation rose by 15% last year, but Pingree could have been more

Wind exec: Britain's subsidies among best in the world

A senior figure at one of the world's largest wind-turbine manufacturers has praised the UK Government's Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme for increasing demand in renewable energy, but says planning delays are continuing to stifle the development of more wind projects across the country.

The Fabian Society report found 57% off all UK onshore projects were rejected in 2014, with only 161 approved

Six in 10 UK onshore wind farms rejected, says report

About six out of 10 new UK onshore wind farm projects were rejected last year amid tougher planning guidelines and more applications being called in for a personal decision by the communities secretary, Eric Pickles, a report has found.

In 2013, Mr Pickles approved 81.25% of housing schemes compared with only 28.6% of renewable energy projects

Stop meddling in onshore wind projects, renewables sector tells Pickles

Secretary of State Eric Pickles has been sharply criticised by the renewable energy industry for delaying the approval of many onshore wind energy developments in which he has intervened.

The carrot approach is twice as effective as the stick in improving dry recycling rates, according to Greenredeem study

Councils improve recycling rates by adopting reward schemes, new study finds

Local authorities that introduce recycling incentives for households tend to have higher recycling rates than those that offer compulsory recycling systems, according to new research.

Eric Pickles urges councils to back weekly waste collections

Pickles reiterates stance on weekly bin collections

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has reiterated his stance on weekly bin collections and claimed that the previous Labour Government ignored the electorate by focusing on fortnightly collections.

Separate recycling bin for glass, paper, cardboard and plastic will be electronically weighed at collection

Pickles announces £5m recycling incentives fund

English councils that only offer fortnightly bin collections are 'short-changing residents with an inferior service' according to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles who has today (29 August) launched a £5m recycling fund to reward areas that offer weekly refuse collections.

About four out of five Tory MPs are likely to oppose onshore windfarms in their constituency, according to the poll conducted by ComRes on behalf of REG Windpower

Tory MPs more likely to oppose windfarms than British public - poll

Conservatives opposition undermining projects and investment in renewables, say wind energy companies.

The High Court judge found that Mr Pickles' decision was not made in the way required in the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 causing 'substantial prejudice' against Lark Energy

High Court overrules Pickles' 'prejudice' against solar project

The High Court has overturned a decision by the Eric Pickles to reject a planning application for a 24MW solar farm in Ellough, Suffolk.

The Government has been accused of having 'an unjustified bias against the solar industry

Solar league table: Britain's top solar-powered constituencies revealed

Andrew Lansley is top of the class, Justine Greening is bottom, and Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey is lagging behind in a new 'league table' and interactive map of constituencies and solar power.

There are currently 143 solar farms seeking planning permission in the UK

Pickles accused of picking on solar sector

The UK's solar farm industry has been dealt another blow following an intervention by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles and the reported scrapping of two major solar projects in Suffolk.

The announcements in the Queen's speech this morning leave the gate open to developers to offset less stringent energy efficiency measures in new homes. Image: IR Stone /

Queen's speech: win on plastic bags, lose on zero-carbon homes

Despite affirming "My ministers champion efforts to secure a global agreement on climate change", the final Queen's speech before the next general election was decidedly thin when it came to action on sustainability and the environment.

The percentage of onshore windfarms being rejected rose dramatically in the UK last year

Sharp rise in percentage of onshore windfarms being rejected

Figures show that the percentage of rejections in the UK jumped from 25-29% in 2009-12 to 41% in 2013.

Cumbria County Council aims to tackle food waste with new partnership with Great Green Systems

Cumbria County Council signs new composting contract to help tackle household food waste

Composting specialist Great Green Systems (GGS) has announced that its parent company Lock End Investments (LES) has signed a contract with Cumbria County Council to help divert household food waste away from landfill.

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Pickles extends planning control over wind farm projects

The wind industry has responded angrily to Eric Pickles' announcement that he will be extending his period of pulling in decisions on renewable energy projects for a further 12 months.

Artist impression of planned EfW plant

Norfolk County Council ceases EfW contract

Norfolk County Council's Cabinet has voted to abandon its King's Lynn energy-from-waste (EfW) contract with Cory Wheelabrator.

Community Secretary Eric Pickles has proposed to scrap the Merton Rule

Pickles' 'zeal for deregulation' hindering zero carbon housing shift

More than 50 organisations have signed an open letter to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles urging him to "build the energy bill anxiety out of UK homes".

BBC One Show highlights bin collection debate

Waste management industry heavyweights have made an appearance on the BBC's One Show debating over the issue of source segregated and commingled collections.

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CIWM slams Pickles' 'bin Bible'

UPDATE - The CIWM has accused Communities Secretary Eric Pickles for chasing headlines over providing a policy framework that supports councils, following the publication of his 'bin Bible' guidance.

Pickles publishes bin bible

Pickles: Adoption of fortnightly waste collections will lead to vermin

The Government is set to publish new guidelines that claim that adoption of fortnightly waste collections will lead to vermin and odour problems, according to media reports.

Communities to get more say on wind turbine plans

Communities will have a greater say over wind turbine proposals and siting when the Government makes early consultation between local people and developers compulsory.

Eric Pickles' (pictured) efficiency standards for new builds will be implemented in April 2014

Government strengthens energy efficiency standards for new builds

The Government has confirmed today that there will be a 6% uplift in efficiency standards of new homes and a 9% improvement in non-domestic buildings over Part L 2010 Building Regulations.

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Court rules against review into Eric Pickles' decision on energy efficiency

The High Court today ruled against a judicial review into Eric Pickles' decision not to proceed with his 'consequential improvements' proposal.

More than a third of local authorities flouting European energy regulations

More than a third of local authorities across England and Wales are in breach of a European energy efficiency directive, according to the Property and Energy Professionals Association (PEPA).

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MEPs object to Eric Pickles' 'incoherent' managing of EPCs

Two British members of the European Parliament have formally written to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, disputing the "incoherent" way he is implementing a European energy saving directive.

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Eric Pickles preventing energy efficiency in the UK says ACE

Eric Pickles is singlehandedly undoing the UK's energy policy and is undermining Britain's attempt to become the most energy efficient nation in Europe, says the director of the Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE).

Pickles to face judicial review over 'appalling governance' on energy efficiency

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles is facing a judicial review for ditching energy efficiency rules for household extensions, which could have saved the economy £11bn.

'Nervous' Osborne delays zero carbon home commitment

The Government has been urged to demonstrate its commitment for all new homes to be zero carbon from 2016 by ending the delay on new Building Regulations.

Eric Pickles faces rising backlash for his arguments against alternate weekly waste collections

Eric Pickles' weekly waste claims 'thrown in the bin'

Adoption of fortnightly waste collections has a positive impact on recycling rates and household behaviour, new research has shown.

Battle of the bins is 'muddying' national recycling drive

Long-running battles over kerbside collection methods are damaging efforts to increase recycling rates in the UK, according to a leading industry commentator.

Weekly bin collections leave trade bodies feeling rubbish

Local councils have been selected to benefit from a £250m government weekly bin collections fund, amid concerns that funding could be withheld if authorities fail to carry out the weekly schedule.

ANALYSIS: Has reshuffle dealt Defra a poor hand?

The exit of Caroline Spelman from Defra's secretarial post yesterday was one of the first predicted in the hours leading up to Cameron's first major cabinet reshuffle since the coalition took office. That in itself is significant.

The Green Belt policy covers 1,619,835 hectares (6254 square miles), a total of 12.4% of England's total landscape.

Government must stop development threats to Green Belt

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has called on the Government to step in and put a stop to development proposals that could impact England's Green Belt policy.

Eric Pickles with New Earth MD Chris Cox (right) and planning director Robert Asquith (centre) at the Canford waste reception

Eric Pickles endorses MBT for future waste recovery

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles lent his support to energy from waste by visiting a mechanical biological treatment (MBT) facility in Bournemouth last week.

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