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Application submitted for Luton airport rail link

Application submitted for Luton airport rail link

A planning application has been submitted for a new 2.2-kilometre mass transit system linking Luton Airport Parkway rail station with Luton Airport.

The hurdles facing the third Heathrow runway

The hurdles facing the third Heathrow runway

The contents of a draft version of the document that will guide the planning decision on a third runway at Heathrow gives the airport the signal to start work on its application, while substantial obstacles still lie on the road ahead, say experts.

Ministers approve works enabling full runway alternation at Heathrow

Ministers approve works enabling full runway alternation at Heathrow

Communities secretary Sajid Javid and transport secretary Chris Grayling have granted permission for measures intended to enable the full use of Heathrow's northern runway for easterly take-offs.

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The infrastructure pipeline sputters, by Angus Walker

It looks like 2017 is going to be a turbulent year as decisions taken in 2016 come to fruition, but is there any certainty in nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs) coming forwards?

The rise of the mega-scheme, by Angus Walker

This week's announcement that the government will support a third runway at Heathrow airport signals that, although there has been a slowdown in infrastructure projects, those that are coming forward are getting bigger.

An airport vision that makes sense, by Graeme Bell

Picture the scene. The Prime Minister has announced that a new flagship hub airport is to be built in north Kent. Flanked by transport secretary Chris Grayling, she walked across derelict land on the Isle of Grain in a scene reminiscent of the Thatcher 'walk in the wilderness' on Teesside some 30 years ago.

The UK Central solution to government's Heathrow dilemma, by David Marlow

We can all see tactical political calculations in government pushing back the Heathrow runway expansion decision beyond the London mayoral elections in May.

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Policy Summary: The proposed route for HS2's nothern section

Policy Summary: The proposed route for HS2's nothern section

Policy: High Speed Two: From Crewe to Manchester, the West Midlands to Leeds and beyond.

How Heathrow expansion will affect plan-making around the airport

How Heathrow expansion will affect plan-making around the airport

Local authorities around Heathrow fear that the government's 2017 local plan deadline could undermine their efforts to plan to accommodate the employment and housing growth generated by a third runway at the airport.

Why a planning go-ahead for a new runway could be six years away

Why a planning go-ahead for a new runway could be six years away

A series of planning hurdles must be overcome before a final planning go-ahead for a third runway at Heathrow is achieved, according to experts.

What Brexit vote means for planning practitioners

What Brexit vote means for planning practitioners

From housebuilding to population projections, from infrastructure funding to environmental regulations, the Brexit vote is likely to have huge implications for planning and the built environment.


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