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Spatial planning links promised in northern transport blueprint

Spatial planning links promised in northern transport blueprint

The emerging strategic transport plan for the north of England will seek to support councils' spatial and economic planning functions in developing an integrated approach to transport and land-use planning, its authors have promised.

High Speed Two receives assurances in wake of Carillion liquidation

High Speed Two receives assurances in wake of Carillion liquidation

The company leading the construction of the High Speed Two (HS2) high-speed rail project has received assurances that the collapse of construction firm Carillion is unlikely to directly affect progress on the scheme.

Infrastructure body chair resigns in row over Brexit terms

Infrastructure body chair resigns in row over Brexit terms

A key figure at the government's infrastructure advisory body has resigned, following a row within government over the terms of the UK's departure from the European Union.

Fresh consultation launched on Crossrail 2 levy

Fresh consultation launched on Crossrail 2 levy

Plans to repurpose the existing pan-London Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) to raise funds towards the cost of the Crossrail 2 project have been published for a second round of consultation, with only minor changes proposed.

New London Plan: reaction

New London Plan: reaction

London mayor Sadiq Khan's new draft version of the London Plan was published yesterday. Planning has been collating reaction from across the planning sector.

Second West Midlands devolution deal includes money for 'Mayoral Housing Delivery Team'

Second West Midlands devolution deal includes money for 'Mayoral Housing Delivery Team'

A government commitment of £6 million to support a new 'Mayoral Housing Delivery Team' is included in a second devolution deal between the government and West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).

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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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13 things you need to know about the draft London plan

13 things you need to know about the draft London plan

The draft revised version of the London Plan was published for consultation this week. We highlight 13 things you need to know about the key proposed policy changes.

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.