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How air quality is featuring in a growing number of disputes

How air quality is featuring in a growing number of disputes

Air quality is becoming a source of contention in planning decisions far more frequently, developing into an issue of increasing importance in a growing number of local disputes as well as affecting major infrastructure projects, according to experts.

Government withdraws Kent lorry park plan after conceding judicial review

Government withdraws Kent lorry park plan after conceding judicial review

The government has announced that it is withdrawing proposals to construct a lorry park in Kent which had been planned to provide a solution to potential cross-Channel ferry disruption.

AONBs under 'considerable and growing pressure' from development, research finds

AONBs under 'considerable and growing pressure' from development, research finds

There has been an 82 per cent increase in the number of homes approved in England's 34 areas of outstanding natural beauty since 2012, a study by countryside campaigners has found.

Government may open NSIP route to more water projects

Government may open NSIP route to more water projects

The government is considering widening the definition of the water resources infrastructure that is eligible to use the planning process for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs), according to a consultation document released today.

Proposed Kent energy scheme set to become first solar farm to seek NSIP approval

Proposed Kent energy scheme set to become first solar farm to seek NSIP approval

Plans have been unveiled this week for a solar farm which is set to become the first such scheme to be determined through the nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIP) regime.

Government faces new challenge to air quality plan

Government faces new challenge to air quality plan

The government's air quality action plan faces a further court challenge after an environmental charity said ministers' approach still falls short of what is needed to bring air pollution within legal limits.

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Air quality uncertainty is now a serious concern for infrastructure promoters, by Richard Garlick

Delays in decision-making on Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) used to be an exceptional circumstance. Only one of the first 42 decisions missed the three month decision deadline. But suddenly they are becoming commonplace.

Legal Viewpoint: Aarhus cost-capping rules clarified in court judgment

The High Court has handed down judgment on a challenge by three non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to the Civil Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2017.

Brexit's effect on environmental law, by Angus Walker

There are just under 19 months left until 'exit day' - the departure from the European Union currently planned for 29 March 2019. The third round of Brexit negotiations has started, but what has happened so far about planning?

Why changing car technology will challenge planners, by Richard Garlick

It seems increasingly likely that the car industry will change radically within the next twenty years or so. Both the UK and France have recently committed to ban the sale of new petrol cars by 2040, and electric car manufacturer Tesla has just released its first vehicle intended for the mass market.

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What consultation proposals mean for runway expansion plan

What consultation proposals mean for runway expansion plan

The latest consultation on a draft national policy statement (NPS) for aviation continues to stress the case for expansion at Heathrow over other South East airports, but some observers say question marks remain over the government's assumptions on air quality.

How we did it: Securing airport expansion permission

How we did it: Securing airport expansion permission

Mayoral opposition had to be overcome to obtain approval for London City Airport's expansion plan, David Dewar reports.

Why the number of NSIP decisions being delayed is increasing

Why the number of NSIP decisions being delayed is increasing

A delay to a ministerial decision on an application for a road tunnel in east London means that decisions on four out of the last eight projects to be determined under the fast-track process for nationally significant infrastructure projects have been delayed.

How we did it: Testing the water for a cycling scheme

How we did it: Testing the water for a cycling scheme

New digital engagement techniques proved key to securing public approval for a London borough's cycling scheme, says Mark Wilding.