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Research raises concerns over 'too much detail' in NSIP process

Research raises concerns over 'too much detail' in NSIP process

Too much detail in the planning process for nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs) can have detrimental effects in terms of project delivery, research commissioned by the National Infrastructure Planning Association (NIPA) has found.

How the Tory manifesto proposes to streamline shale gas planning rules

How the Tory manifesto proposes to streamline shale gas planning rules

Tory party manifesto promises to speed up the planning machine for exploration and extraction of shale gas reserves have been welcomed by the industry, but practitioners wonder how the process will work in detail.

National Grid 'pauses' Cumbria power line plan

National Grid 'pauses' Cumbria power line plan

Electricity system operator National Grid has announced that it is pausing plans to pursue a development consent order for a new high voltage connection from a proposed nuclear power station in Cumbria to the existing electricity transmission system.

Faster infrastructure delivery needed to boost growth, say consultants

Faster infrastructure delivery needed to boost growth, say consultants

Faster infrastructure delivery, new structures to promote regional integration and strategic planning and a 'greater focus' on developing brownfield land are among measures to boost economic growth advocated by a major engineering consultancy.

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CIL Watch: Surrey authority proposes lower CIL rate for schemes in 'buffer zone'

CIL Watch: Surrey authority proposes lower CIL rate for schemes in 'buffer zone'

Residential developments near to a Special Protection Area (SPA) would be required to pay a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charge of more than £400 per square metre on top of an existing tariff intended to mitigate the effects of development on the designated landscape under proposals unveiled this week by a Surrey council.

Sponsored content: Making the most of the metro mayors

Sponsored content: Making the most of the metro mayors

In the final of a series of columns on the metro mayoral elections, Douglas Johnson, account director at public relations consultancy Newgate Communications, examines how councils and applicants should adapt their approach in light of the winning candidates.

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.

CIL Watch: Flow of CIL plans slows to a trickle

CIL Watch: Flow of CIL plans slows to a trickle

Fewer than a dozen authorities have published preliminary Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) plans for consultation in the last 12 months, according to figures compiled for Planning's CIL Watch bulletin which suggest there has been a marked slowdown in CIL preparation work.


Policy Briefings

Policy Summary: Framework for implementing clean air areas in high pollution zones
Policy Summary: Guidance on new cycling and walking plans for local authorities

Policy Summary: Guidance on new cycling and walking plans for local authorities

Policy: Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans: Technical Guidance for Local Authorities.

Policy Summary: Route-wide order approves matters ancillary to HS2 construction

Policy Summary: Route-wide order approves matters ancillary to HS2 construction

Policy: High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Act 2017: Government Response to the Consultation on the Draft Class Approval for Matters Ancillary to Development under Schedule 17.

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