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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.

Government publishes policy statement to deliver Heathrow expansion

Government publishes policy statement to deliver Heathrow expansion

A new runway at Heathrow Airport will deliver the need for extra airport capacity as well as boosting domestic connectivity with other parts of the UK, the government said today.

DfT announces backing for new M11 motorway junction

DfT announces backing for new M11 motorway junction

The government has pledged its support for a new motorway junction on the M11, near Harlow in Essex, saying that the scheme will ensure that a new garden town can go ahead without overloading the local road network.

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Ministers agree to delete regeneration power from HS2 bill

Ministers agree to delete regeneration power from HS2 bill

A measure in the HS2 Bill to allow the secretary of state to acquire land for wider regeneration unrelated to the rail scheme will be dropped following criticism by peers, the government confirmed today.

Peers call for regeneration power to be deleted from HS2 bill

Peers call for regeneration power to be deleted from HS2 bill

A measure in the HS2 Bill to allow the secretary of state to acquire land for wider regeneration unrelated to the rail scheme should be dropped as it is 'undesirable and unnecessary', a report by peers has recommended.

How the government aims to boost housing with infrastructure

How the government aims to boost housing with infrastructure

Local authorities will be invited to bid for funding from the £2.3 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund announced yesterday via a prospectus to be published in the New Year, housing minister Gavin Barwell has told Planning.

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Legal Viewpoint: Basement case tests rules on engineering operations

A decision by the London Borough of Camden to grant a certificate of lawfulness for a basement extension was the subject of a recent court challenge.

There is a problem with allocations of small sites, by Joey Gardiner

No doubt the report issued by the Federation of Masters Builders (FMB) about the struggles faced by small housebuilders will have faded in your mind since Christmas.

Estate regeneration vision will be hard to realise, by Chris Brown

The government's recently published Estate Regeneration Strategy and Good Practice Guide is a fascinating melange of ideology and experience.

Will depot mistake derail Old Oak Common vision, by Joey Gardiner

Ever since former London mayor Boris Johnson set up Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) last year, the body has been touting its scheme as the UK's largest regeneration project.

New leaders must be ready to flex, by Catriona Riddell

There is a wind of change filling the corridors of Department for Communities and Local Government.

The revolution required to address UK's regional problems, by David Marlow

It is good news, if somewhat belated, that Philip McCann's diagnosis of the UK regional problem is getting widespread exposure and debate.

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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.

Three lessons from our event on post-Brexit planning

Three lessons from our event on post-Brexit planning

Planning rules based on European law are likely to take many years to change despite the Brexit vote, a London conference organised by Planning heard yesterday. Here are three key messages to emerge from the event.

Does the National Infrastructure Commission still have teeth?

Does the National Infrastructure Commission still have teeth?

Last week, the government announced the National Infrastructure Commission would no longer have its independent status enshrined in law. Does the body still have teeth, Lee Baker asks.

Policy Briefing: Department for Transport alters HS2 safeguarding areas

Policy Briefing: Department for Transport alters HS2 safeguarding areas

The latest safeguarding changes show that the High Speed Two route is a work in progress, say Robbie Owen and Matthew Fox.