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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.

Autumn Statement: Chancellor pledges funding for road, rail and future technology investment

Autumn Statement: Chancellor pledges funding for road, rail and future technology investment

Funding for key road upgrades around the UK as well as investment in driverless car technology and rail upgrades in central Birmingham were among the transport measures announced in today's Autumn Statement.

Autumn Statement: £2.3bn infrastructure fund to unlock 100,000 homes

Autumn Statement: £2.3bn infrastructure fund to unlock 100,000 homes

A £2.3 billion 'housing infrastructure fund' to deliver infrastructure to unlock up to 100,000 homes in areas of high demand is among a series of funding measures to boost housing delivery announced in chancellor Philip Hammond's Autumn Statement.

Old Oak Crossrail depot revamp 'could cost £500m'

Old Oak Crossrail depot revamp 'could cost £500m'

The cost of the necessary demolition and re-provision of a newly-built Crossrail depot to allow the planned Old Oak and Park Royal regeneration scheme to go ahead could reach £500 million, Planning understands.

Government confirms route for second phase of HS2

Government confirms route for second phase of HS2

The government has set out its preferred route for the second phase of the HS2 rail link from Crewe to Manchester and the West Midlands to Leeds, including seven alterations to the original proposals.

Judge orders government to produce new plan to cut air pollution

Judge orders government to produce new plan to cut air pollution

Campaigners have won a High Court ruling forcing the government to speed up and improve measures to combat air pollution levels.

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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.

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.

Applicants baulk at paying for a faster system, by Richard Garlick

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.

Legal Viewpoint: Shale fund payments plan tests planning boundaries

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.

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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.