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Judge strikes out third runway legal challenge

Judge strikes out third runway legal challenge

An attempt by campaigners and local authorities to bring a High Court challenge against a third runway at Heathrow has been struck out by a judge, who ruled he had 'no jurisdiction' to hear the claim.

Infrastructure body's output can become 'planning policy', says Treasury

Infrastructure body's output can become 'planning policy', says Treasury

Recommendations put forward by the government's infrastructure adviser that are backed by ministers could be confirmed as 'planning policy', according to a framework published by the Treasury this week.

DCO examiner joins Pinsent Masons

DCO examiner joins Pinsent Masons

A senior inspector who has examined some of the country's biggest infrastructure projects, including the Thames super-sewer, has joined law firm Pinsent Masons as a strategic planning adviser.

Clark blocks 75km pipeline over 'diminished' need case

Clark blocks 75km pipeline over 'diminished' need case

Energy secretary Greg Clark has refused permission for a 75km onshore pipeline intended to transport carbon dioxide emissions to a storage site under the North Sea, ruling that the need case for the development 'is not satisfactorily established'.

Major Infrastructure In Depth & Comment

Ministers' political priorities for CIL have blunted its effectiveness, by Jamie Carpenter

Ministers' political priorities for CIL have blunted its effectiveness, by Jamie Carpenter

In a book published a couple of years ago, the former Labour home secretary Charles Clarke explored the concept of the 'too difficult box'. The book's chapters examine seemingly intractable issues such as social care funding, pensions and media regulation, which politicians are unable to crack.

What proposals to replace CIL would mean for applicants and authorities

What proposals to replace CIL would mean for applicants and authorities

A system put forward by a government-commissioned review to replace the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) would see all development face a low-level charge, with no - or very few - exemptions, the removal of the need for an examination process, and a mandatory requirement placed on town halls to adopt the new mechanism.

How a devolution of powers will affect Welsh energy projects

How a devolution of powers will affect Welsh energy projects

Major energy projects in Wales will soon benefit from a simplification of the planning regime following the devolution of powers from Westminster.

How we did it: Moving solar farm to protect grassland

How we did it: Moving solar farm to protect grassland

An energy firm worked with Natural England to protect sensitive Dorset downland by relocating a solar farm. David Dewar reports.


Policy Briefings

Policy Briefing: What proposed environmental assessment changes mean

Policy Briefing: What proposed environmental assessment changes mean

Changes to environmental impact assessment rules could produce new burdens for councils and developers, James Alflatt predicts.

Policy Summary: The proposed route for HS2's nothern section

Policy Summary: The proposed route for HS2's nothern section

Policy: High Speed Two: From Crewe to Manchester, the West Midlands to Leeds and beyond.

Policy Summary: How committed is the government to a National Infrastructure Commission?

Policy Summary: How committed is the government to a National Infrastructure Commission?

Policy: Charter for the National Infrastructure Commission.

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