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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.


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