Blackburn named best high street in Britain
Mark Moran

Blackburn in Lancashire has won the top prize at the annual Great British High Street Awards. The competition, now in its third year, attracted over 900 entries from villages, market towns and larger towns across the UK. The competition recognises work done to promote city locations, town centres, large market towns, small market towns, coastal communities, villages as well as local centres. The winners are selected by a jury, who visited 42 shortlisted locations. There is also one public vote, which saw Hebden Bridge named the ‘People’s Choice’.  Winners in each category get a share of a prize pot worth £100,000. The competition is run by the Future High Street Forum, a not-for-profit body that brings tog... continue

13 Dec 2016RUDI News

Calls grow for root and branch review of transport appraisal
Juliana ORourke

Pressure was growing this week for a fundamental review of the way transport projects are appraised, amid claims that the existing system fails to reflect Government objectives and produces misleading results. Liberal Democrat transport spokesman Norman Baker criticised the New Approach to... continue

24 Mar 2010RUDI News

MK fund enables older homes to improve energy efficiency through subsidies
Juliana ORourke

The Milton Keynes Carbon Offset Fund, which enables older homes to improve their energy efficiency through subsidised loft and cavity wall insulation, has received its first contribution from the Milton Keynes Tariff. The payment of £79,118 has come from the completion of the new John Lewis... continue

5 Feb 2010RUDI News

Consultation launched on new planning proposals for small-scale renewable and low-carbon technologies
Juliana ORourke

Housing and Planning Minister John Healey has launched measures to cut carbon emissions by overhauling the planning system. In proposals published for consultation, homeowners, developers and businesses will be able to install their own on-site wind turbines, and air source heat pumps without the... continue

19 Nov 2009RUDI News

Successful low carbon infrastructure schemes, including housing and district heating, receive more than £11 million
Juliana ORourke

Details of the successful schemes for the first tranche of funding from the Homes and Communities Agency’s (HCA) low carbon infrastructure initiative, totalling £11.85m, have been announced. The initiative, a partnership with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and Communities and... continue

23 Jul 2009RUDI News

Wales first in UK to set national green standards for buildings using the planning system
Juliana ORourke

Green standards for new buildings in Wales intended to cut carbon emissions and improve their sustainability have been announced by Environment, Sustainability & Housing Minister Jane Davidson. The move makes Wales the first part of the UK to set a national standard for sustainable buildings to be... continue

10 May 2009RUDI News

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