The Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats have published their general election manifestos. We examine where the parties stand on five key planning issues, including Heathrow, HS2, housing numbers and the green belt.
A consortium of consultants led by AECOM has been announced as preferred bidder to develop a masterplan for the Old Oak area of west London.
The draft UK air quality plan that campaigners finally dragged out of a reluctant government earlier this month indicates that there will be a sharp increase in zones across England in which targeted action is taken to improve air quality. But where these new zones will be, and how stringent the measures they will implement, is not yet clear.
The creation of 'dense and energy-efficient cities' is key to cutting carbon emissions, according to a report by a business-led commission on energy and climate change.
Infrastructure experts doubt that a big rise in examination fees will deter applicants from using the Planning Act 2008 route to secure infrastructure consent, although some suggest it could influence the shape of future proposals to minimise costs.
The government has announced the latest allocations from its Local Growth Fund, including £12 million to help develop a new 'garden city in the Black Country', as part of its 'Midlands Engine Growth Strategy'.
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?
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.
Last month, the House of Commons select committee considering the High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill published its second special report of the 2015/16 Parliamentary session. In the report, the committee identifies the positive aspects of the hybrid bill process, but also makes several recommendations to address the problems it highlights.
Earlier this month, the transport secretary approved a strategic rail freight interchange near East Midlands Airport, which had been considered under the process for determining Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects.
- Principal Planning Officer East Riding of Yorkshire Council Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire
- Principal Urban Design Officer (Development Management and Strategic Planning) London Borough of Sutton Carshalton, Sutton
- Senior Planning Enforcement Officer London Borough of Sutton Location - Environment, Housing and Regeneration Offices, 24 Denmark Road, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 2JG
- Planning Director Jane Pye Associates Buckinghamshire
- Senior Planner Pegasus East Midlands Region
In the second of Planning's previews of next month's English city-region mayoral elections, Bryan Johnston looks at how the main contenders are proposing to upgrade critical infrastructure in their areas.
Local planning authorities along the route of the high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham are preparing to determine scores of applications related to the detailed design of elements of the controversial infrastructure project after legislation paving the way for the scheme received Royal Assent last week.
Supporters of proposals to replace the Community Infrastructure Levy with a low-level charge say that new figures demonstrating the success of a pan-London levy set up to raise funds for the Crossrail project serve to bolster rather than undermine their case.
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.