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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.

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.

Major Infrastructure In Depth & Comment

Why there are fresh questions over the third runway at Heathrow

Why there are fresh questions over the third runway at Heathrow

A delay to the timetable for MPs to vote on the policy statement that will guide the planning decision on Heathrow's expansion and reports that the Labour Party may withdraw its support for the project have raised questions over the future of the scheme.

How we did it: Winning consent for a transmission line

How we did it: Winning consent for a transmission line

A law firm worked closely with the National Grid to obtain approval for a 37 mile electricity transmission line. Colin Marrs reports.

How much Community Infrastructure Levy money have councils actually spent?

How much Community Infrastructure Levy money have councils actually spent?

A Planning investigation reveals that councils have collected tens of millions of pounds in Community Infrastructure Levy receipts, but only a small proportion has so far been spent on infrastructure. John Geoghegan reports.

How national air quality strategy will affect local planning

How national air quality strategy will affect local planning

Council planners will come under pressure to take more notice of air quality considerations under the government's action plan to tackle nitrogen dioxide emissions, experts predict.


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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