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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SOEE5231M The Regulatory and Planning Context for Sustainable Projects

15 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Paul Abbott

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Module replaces


This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module students will have skills in identifying and interpreting statutory controls on environmental projects. They will be able to appreciate the evolving nature of such controls, the juxtaposition of different types of control (planning, health and safety, environmental, fiscal) on individual projects, and the interrelationships between local, regional, national and international governance. They will comprehend statutory decision procedures for such projects, notably planning and licensing processes, and the nature of legal proceedings.

Learning outcomes
At the end of the module students will be expected to have an understanding of:
-the need for environmental policy and regulation as well as its evolution and changing nature and the key players involved
-the planning system with respect to projects that have a significant environmental and social impacts
-how to apply local, national and European regulatory contexts into planning and assessment work associated with large-scale sustainable projects
-the role of sustainability consultants with respect to the work of developers, planners, regulators and consultees
-appeals and the public enquiry system associated with planning applications
-the processes involved in assessing the environmental and social impact of sustainable projects
-environmental regulation as applied to large-scale infrastructure projects and demonstrate an ability to apply it to a hypothetical energy generation construction project
-a range of sustainability standards and assessments as applied to the development of significant development projects and demonstrate this by researching and presenting findings in a team and presenting to an audience
-the role of the environment agency as the largest environmental regulator in Europe and as an operator in building and maintaining flood defences and navigational projects
-international finance and environmental and social due diligence with respect to sustainable projects


1. Local, national and European regulatory context
2. Environmental regulation
3. Sustainability Assessment
4. Funding requirements
5. Planning regulation
6. Governance and regulatory institutions
7. Legal proceedings and appeals
8. Strategic assessment
9. Case studies.

Practising environmental consultants will be involved in delivering this module; extensive use will be made of contemporary case studies.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours126.00
Total Contact hours24.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Preparatory reading/Assignment work (on syllabus topics)

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Via tutorials and assessed assignments (throughout the semester).

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentWind Farms Selection Report40.00
PresentationGroup Presentation. HS2 Extension Proposal - 20 Minutes60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/05/2023 16:29:09


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