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Timetable for designating Airports NPS slips in wake of election

Timetable for designating Airports NPS slips in wake of election

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has signalled that the timetable for designating the policy statement that will guide the planning decision on Heathrow's third runway has slipped, with a vote in the House of Commons now expected 'in the first half of 2018'.

Publication of draft National Infrastructure Assessment set to slip, official says

Publication of draft National Infrastructure Assessment set to slip, official says

The publication of a draft version of the first National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA) is likely to slip to the autumn, a senior official at the government's infrastructure advisory body has said.

BEIS official defends delayed decisions on major infrastructure projects

BEIS official defends delayed decisions on major infrastructure projects

A senior official at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has defended government delays in determining two major infrastructure schemes, saying that new ministers needed time to get up to speed on the details.

Infrastructure chief calls for 'urgent progress' on key schemes

Infrastructure chief calls for 'urgent progress' on key schemes

The boss of the National Infrastructure Commission has teamed up with business leaders to fire a warning to the government not to let up on its programme of infrastructure construction in the wake of this month's inconclusive election result.

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How a £2.3 billion government infrastructure fund aims to unlock housing delivery

How a £2.3 billion government infrastructure fund aims to unlock housing delivery

The government sees a key function of a new £2.3 billion infrastructure fund as being to spur local authorities to get up-to-date plans in place, but experts have raised questions over how the funding pot will operate and its likely effectiveness in unlocking housing sites.

How the London mayor intends to overhaul his infrastructure levy

How the London mayor intends to overhaul his infrastructure levy

Changes to London's Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) system would see charges go up by more than a fifth in most boroughs, but the capital's deputy mayor for planning says that City Hall has taken independent advice that the proposed charges will not affect development viability.

Slow ministers delay NSIP decisions, by Angus Walker

Slow ministers delay NSIP decisions, by Angus Walker

One of the cornerstones of the Planning Act 2008 regime that governs the determination of applications for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects is its relatively fixed timescales.

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.


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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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