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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.

Link infrastructure with housing delivery to maximise benefits, summit told

Link infrastructure with housing delivery to maximise benefits, summit told

Joining up investment in major infrastructure projects with housing delivery is a 'big challenge', a senior Treasury official told today's National Planning Summit.

Guidance confirms details of NSIP regime expansion

Guidance confirms details of NSIP regime expansion

Guidance published today confirms the details of provisions which from next month will allow housing associated with major infrastructure projects to be considered as part of the fast-track nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP) regime, including a 500-home limit on the number of units that could be granted consent under the mechanism.

Major Infrastructure In Depth & Comment

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.

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.


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.

CIL Watch