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Government sets timetable for delivery of local authority air quality plans

Government sets timetable for delivery of local authority air quality plans

Local authorities will have to bring forward plans to improve air quality within eight months and produce final plans by the end of 2018, according to the government's air quality plan which was published today.

Transport secretary backs Crossrail 2, but wants 'affordable' scheme

Transport secretary backs Crossrail 2, but wants 'affordable' scheme

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has signalled his support for the Crossrail 2 project, but said that the government now wants half of the flagship scheme's costs paid for up-front by London.

Government confirms HS2 route to go via Sheffield city centre

Government confirms HS2 route to go via Sheffield city centre

The government has confirmed plans to construct a spur to enable HS2 trains to run into Sheffield city centre along the existing rail network and expressed its support for proposals to build a new rail hub at Crewe.

Government consults on easing HS1 planning restrictions

Government consults on easing HS1 planning restrictions

The government has announced that it intends to lift planning restrictions along the High Speed One (HS1) route which it says 'no longer need to be so extensive'.

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.

Tougher parking restrictions mooted in London mayor's draft transport plan

Tougher parking restrictions mooted in London mayor's draft transport plan

Plans to introduce tougher car parking restrictions in new developments in London, including making those best-served by public transport completely car-free, have been revealed in the mayor's new draft transport strategy.

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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.

Legal viewpoint: Select committee calls for hybrid bill process reform

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.

Rail freight approval makes the NSIP policy landscape a little less clear, by Richard Garlick

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.

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How the government's air quality plan will affect the spread of clean air zones

How the government's air quality plan will affect the spread of clean air zones

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.

City region mayoral elections preview - infrastructure

City region mayoral elections preview - infrastructure

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.

Will 50% fee rise deter infrastructure project promoters?

Will 50% fee rise deter infrastructure project promoters?

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 planning hurdles that the HS2 rail link's first phase must clear

The planning hurdles that the HS2 rail link's first phase must clear

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.