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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

How air quality is featuring in a growing number of disputes

How air quality is featuring in a growing number of disputes

Air quality is becoming a source of contention in planning decisions far more frequently, developing into an issue of increasing importance in a growing number of local disputes as well as affecting major infrastructure projects, according to experts.

Air quality uncertainty is now a serious concern for infrastructure promoters, by Richard Garlick

Air quality uncertainty is now a serious concern for infrastructure promoters, by Richard Garlick

Delays in decision-making on Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) used to be an exceptional circumstance. Only one of the first 42 decisions missed the three month decision deadline. But suddenly they are becoming commonplace.

What consultation proposals mean for runway expansion plan

What consultation proposals mean for runway expansion plan

The latest consultation on a draft national policy statement (NPS) for aviation continues to stress the case for expansion at Heathrow over other South East airports, but some observers say question marks remain over the government's assumptions on air quality.

Is chaos coming to infrastructure, by Angus Walker

Is chaos coming to infrastructure, by Angus Walker

The 2016-17 storm season started with storm Angus, and recently Aileen and Brian have also caused trouble. In the infrastructure planning world, are we about to see a storm of epic proportions? Let's call it Storm Doug, for roads being dug up. Sorry, it's the best I can do.


Policy Briefings

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.

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.

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