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Highways England targets 30 new DCOs by 2020

Highways England targets 30 new DCOs by 2020

Strategic roads body Highways England has confirmed that it is looking at bringing forward around 30 applications for major road projects between now and 2020 under the development consent order (DCO) process for major infrastructure schemes.

Silvertown Tunnel NSIP decision delayed by government air quality plan

Silvertown Tunnel NSIP decision delayed by government air quality plan

A decision on plans for a new road tunnel in east London has been postponed by the government so that it can further consider responses to its national air quality plan.

Welsh government pledges 'bespoke infrastructure consenting process'

Welsh government pledges 'bespoke infrastructure consenting process'

A pledge to establish a 'bespoke infrastructure consenting process' is contained in a national strategy published last week by the Welsh government.

The implications of the government's proposed energy storage planning shake-up

The implications of the government's proposed energy storage planning shake-up

Steps to streamline the planning process for the deployment of rapidly-evolving energy storage technology follow confusion over how such schemes should be treated in the planning regime.

Major Infrastructure In Depth & Comment

Short-term political embarrassment must not blind ministers to the NIC's value, by Richard Garlick

Short-term political embarrassment must not blind ministers to the NIC's value, by Richard Garlick

A tumultuous post-Christmas period for the government departments leading on planning policy-making and their advisers began with the acrimonious resignation after Christmas of Lord Adonis, chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission.

Steering the 'arc' to success, by Angus Walker

Steering the 'arc' to success, by Angus Walker

There was a flurry of activity in late 2017 surrounding the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge "arc" - the currently leaderless National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) published its final report Partnering for Prosperity recommending a million new houses along its length, underpinned by a new fast road and railway.

Why the list of prospective large nuclear sites is unlikely to change

Why the list of prospective large nuclear sites is unlikely to change

A proposed update to the national policy statement for large nuclear power stations does not suggest the addition of new sites.

What the government's industrial strategy means for planners

What the government's industrial strategy means for planners

The government's new industrial strategy emphasises the importance of housing delivery in boosting economic growth and backs strategic planning by groups of councils.


Policy Briefings

Policy Briefing: What planners need to know about driverless cars

Policy Briefing: What planners need to know about driverless cars

Planners need to start preparing now for the future impacts of autonomous vehicles, Matthew White suggests.

Policy Summary: National planning policy set to streamline consent process for water resources

Policy Summary: National planning policy set to streamline consent process for water resources

Policy: Consultation on developing a National Policy Statement for water resources and proposed amendments to the Planning Act 2008.

Policy Briefing: What does mayor's transport strategy mean for planning?

Policy Briefing: What does mayor's transport strategy mean for planning?

The mayor of London's draft transport strategy could reshape patterns of development over time, says Matthew Mainstone.

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