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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.

NSIP route to open for housing proposals from next month

NSIP route to open for housing proposals from next month

The government has laid regulations before Parliament that will next month bring into force provisions that will allow schemes of up to 500 homes associated with major infrastructure projects to be considered as part of the fast-track nationally significant infrastructure project regime.

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.

Major Infrastructure In Depth & Comment

Why housebuilders may be wary of fast-track planning process

Why housebuilders may be wary of fast-track planning process

There may prove to be little appetite among both housebuilders and infrastructure promoters to make use of new powers allowing homes to be considered alongside major infrastructure projects under the fast-track Planning Act 2008 regime, experts say.

How a plan to pilot land auctions would capture planning gain

How a plan to pilot land auctions would capture planning gain

Last week's Budget contained no direct references to planning, but observers have predicted that one initiative buried in the small print of the chancellor's statement could boost efforts to secure infrastructure funding from new development.

NSIP regime expansion leaves stage set for fireworks or a damp squib, by Angus Walker

NSIP regime expansion leaves stage set for fireworks or a damp squib, by Angus Walker

From 6 April 2017, it will be possible to include up to 500 houses in an application for a nationally significant infrastructure project, or crucially, a business or commercial project using the same regime. Will this mark a step-change in the use of development consent orders (DCOs), or will it remain an intriguing possibility?

The demographic case for bucking the trends, by David Marlow

The demographic case for bucking the trends, by David Marlow

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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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