The government has committed to establishing its new infrastructure advisory body 'on a permanent footing', but it will not have a statutory underpinning.
Transport secretary Chris Grayling has committed the government to delivering all of the proposed phases of the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail project and announced a £70 million fund to support projects for communities affected by the first phase of the rail line's construction.
Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed to use the 'power of government' to repair Britain's 'dysfunctional housing market'.1 comment
Just one in four people claim they would 'totally oppose' plans for a major infrastructure project near their house if they stood to gain £5,000 from it going ahead, according to an opinion poll.
The government has published a new Neighbouring Planning Bill, dropping infrastructure elements within the legislation which had been announced in the Queen's Speech.
The Scottish government has reaffirmed its commitment to bring forward a Planning Bill 'early' this Parliamentary session as part of its programme for government for the next five years which also included pledges on infrastructure development and £3 billion of investment in affordable homes.
Considering that it is operating in an era of continuing austerity, the planning system emerges reasonably well from this year's survey of applicants and planning authorities by consultants GL Hearn and industry body the British Property Federation.
Last month, the Treasury published a consultation on its proposed Shale Wealth Fund. The fund, which would redistribute tax revenue from shale gas production, was originally expected to be paid to local councils, but the government now proposes to pay individual residents as well.
Since becoming Prime Minister on 11 July, Theresa May's in-tray has been filling up with infrastructure decisions. But are there delays on big decisions that are at odds with the 'business as usual' message that the government has been so keen to promote following the Brexit vote?
Theresa May's prioritisation of a 'proper industrial strategy', and its elevation to headline prominence in Greg Clark's new Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is a major opportunity for planners and their local growth colleagues.
This week, little more than a year after similar proposals were quietly dropped, Prime Minister Theresa May expressed her support for plans to make direct payments to households affected by development in their communities.1 comment
The government is touting its approval last week of the expansion of London City Airport as evidence of the robust health of the British economy post-Brexit. Chancellor Philip Hammond commented that the decision sends "a clear signal that Britain is open for business".
- Planning Assistant Wirral Council Wallasey Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey, Merseyside, CH44 8ED
- Graduate Town Planner Allen & York Ltd Portsmouth, Hampshire
- 2 x Planning Officer Horsham District Council Horsham, West Sussex
- Principal Planning Officer – Projects Horsham District Council Horsham, West Sussex
- Principal and Associate Planners David Lock Associates: Town Planning & Urban Design Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
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.
The latest safeguarding changes show that the High Speed Two route is a work in progress, say Robbie Owen and Matthew Fox.
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.
A consultation by the commission advising the government on long-term infrastructure projects into its first national infrastructure assessment, as well as a new Treasury document setting out how the body will function, has prompted a debate about how it will promote housing.