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Plans approved for Lancashire green belt link road

Plans approved for Lancashire green belt link road

Plans have been approved for a new 1.3-km link road within the Lancashire green belt despite planners recognising that there would be 'significant impacts on ecological interests'.

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.

Report calls for inclusion of 'station intensification areas' in new London Plan

Report calls for inclusion of 'station intensification areas' in new London Plan

The next version of the London Plan should include new 'station intensification areas' with higher minimum density and design standards than typically required, a report by a think-tank has recommended.

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Why police are investigating attempts to doctor a council's air quality data

Why police are investigating attempts to doctor a council's air quality data

Did a desire to manipulate the planning process cause Cheshire air quality data to be doctored, asks Catherine Early.

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 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.

The key planning hurdles that the second phase of HS2 must overcome

The key planning hurdles that the second phase of HS2 must overcome

Local authorities seeking to promote changes to plans for the second phase of the HS2 rail link will have to invest significant time and resources to argue their case, according to infrastructure planning experts.


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Why changing car technology will challenge planners, by Richard Garlick

It seems increasingly likely that the car industry will change radically within the next twenty years or so. Both the UK and France have recently committed to ban the sale of new petrol cars by 2040, and electric car manufacturer Tesla has just released its first vehicle intended for the mass market.

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Northern uproar over transport investment highlights impact of former chancellor, by Jamie Carpenter

Nearly ten years ago, when I visited Blackburn as part of research for a special report on changing patterns of deprivation in England, local leaders highlighted the Lancashire town's poor rail service as a key factor holding back the economic development of their area.

The new air quality plan is likely to herald even closer scrutiny of the issue, by Richard Garlick.

The government's claim that it could not publish its draft air quality plan until after the election sounded suspect from the outset.

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?

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