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Major road scheme pre-application pipeline lengthens

Major road scheme pre-application pipeline lengthens

Two more major road projects have joined the pre-application queue for consideration under the nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP) regime in the past fortnight.

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.

Why the government's infrastructure adviser is taking a growing interest in housing

Why the government's infrastructure adviser is taking a growing interest in housing

Government infrastructure adviser the National Infrastructure Commission has indicated that it could next year make housing-related recommendations, despite housing supply not falling within its remit. But observers are unsure as to how the government is likely to respond.

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Land auctions model 'not enough to fund major London transport schemes'

Land auctions model 'not enough to fund major London transport schemes'

A key model of levering cash for infrastructure will not generate enough money for major transport schemes in the capital, London's deputy mayor has said.

CIL Watch: Boroughs respond to mayoral levy rise

CIL Watch: Boroughs respond to mayoral levy rise

London mayor Sadiq Khan's proposals to increase the mayoral Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) have come under fire from two south London boroughs.

Government introduces measures to speed up compulsory purchase

Government introduces measures to speed up compulsory purchase

A new package of measures intended to simplify and speed up the compulsory purchase process has been introduced by the government.

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Is chaos coming to infrastructure, by Angus Walker

The 2016-17 storm season started with storm Angus, and recently Aileen and Brian have also caused trouble. In the infrastructure planning world, are we about to see a storm of epic proportions? Let's call it Storm Doug, for roads being dug up. Sorry, it's the best I can do.

Northern uproar over transport investment highlights impact of former chancellor, by Jamie Carpenter

Nearly ten years ago, when I visited Blackburn as part of research for a special report on changing patterns of deprivation in England, local leaders highlighted the Lancashire town's poor rail service as a key factor holding back the economic development of their area.

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.

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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.

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.

The key planning hurdles that the second phase of HS2 must overcome

The key planning hurdles that the second phase of HS2 must overcome

Local authorities seeking to promote changes to plans for the second phase of the HS2 rail link will have to invest significant time and resources to argue their case, according to infrastructure planning experts.

How the London mayor intends to overhaul his infrastructure levy

How the London mayor intends to overhaul his infrastructure levy

Changes to London's Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) system would see charges go up by more than a fifth in most boroughs, but the capital's deputy mayor for planning says that City Hall has taken independent advice that the proposed charges will not affect development viability.