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High Court quashes parts of South Downs joint core strategy

High Court quashes parts of South Downs joint core strategy

An East Sussex council had succeeded in its efforts to quash parts of a joint core strategy put together by two neighbouring local authorities.

Road building 'creates car-dependent communities'

Road building 'creates car-dependent communities'

Road building leads to a 'pattern of land development' that relies on people using cars to access housing and car-dependent business and retail parks, a report has concluded.

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Smart cities body announces winners of 'digitally enabled planning system' competition

Smart cities body announces winners of 'digitally enabled planning system' competition

A government-backed centre of excellence in urban innovation has awarded a share of £200,000 to nine small businesses to progress their ideas to create a more 'data-driven and digitally enabled planning system'.

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The hurdles facing the third Heathrow runway

The hurdles facing the third Heathrow runway

The contents of a draft version of the document that will guide the planning decision on a third runway at Heathrow gives the airport the signal to start work on its application, while substantial obstacles still lie on the road ahead, say experts.

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.

What the industrial strategy means for the planning system

What the industrial strategy means for the planning system

Though there are few explicit references to the planning system, the government's new draft industrial strategy has significant implications for planners, experts say.

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.


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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 infrastructure pipeline sputters, by Angus Walker

It looks like 2017 is going to be a turbulent year as decisions taken in 2016 come to fruition, but is there any certainty in nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs) coming forwards?

The rise of the mega-scheme, by Angus Walker

This week's announcement that the government will support a third runway at Heathrow airport signals that, although there has been a slowdown in infrastructure projects, those that are coming forward are getting bigger.

An airport vision that makes sense, by Graeme Bell

Picture the scene. The Prime Minister has announced that a new flagship hub airport is to be built in north Kent. Flanked by transport secretary Chris Grayling, she walked across derelict land on the Isle of Grain in a scene reminiscent of the Thatcher 'walk in the wilderness' on Teesside some 30 years ago.

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