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Inspector backs 438 home station scheme despite officers' 'monolithic' claim

Inspector backs 438 home station scheme despite officers' 'monolithic' claim

A planning inspector has allowed an appeal against a council's refusal of plans for the 438-home mixed-use redevelopment of a Surrey train station, after dismissing the council's claim that the development would appear as a 'monolithic' feature, harming the setting of listed buildings.

Armitt confirmed as permanent chair of National Infrastructure Commission

Armitt confirmed as permanent chair of National Infrastructure Commission

Sir John Armitt CBE has been announced as the new permanent chairman of the government's infrastructure advisory body, replacing Lord Adonis who resigned last month.

Spatial planning links promised in northern transport blueprint

Spatial planning links promised in northern transport blueprint

The emerging strategic transport plan for the north of England will seek to support councils' spatial and economic planning functions in developing an integrated approach to transport and land-use planning, its authors have promised.

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Policy Briefing: What planners need to know about driverless cars

Policy Briefing: What planners need to know about driverless cars

Planners need to start preparing now for the future impacts of autonomous vehicles, Matthew White suggests.

13 things you need to know about the draft London plan

13 things you need to know about the draft London plan

The draft revised version of the London Plan was published for consultation this week. We highlight 13 things you need to know about the key proposed policy changes.

What consultation proposals mean for runway expansion plan

What consultation proposals mean for runway expansion plan

The latest consultation on a draft national policy statement (NPS) for aviation continues to stress the case for expansion at Heathrow over other South East airports, but some observers say question marks remain over the government's assumptions on air quality.

How we did it: Securing airport expansion permission

How we did it: Securing airport expansion permission

Mayoral opposition had to be overcome to obtain approval for London City Airport's expansion plan, David Dewar reports.


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Is chaos coming to infrastructure, by Angus Walker

The 2016-17 storm season started with storm Angus, and recently Aileen and Brian have also caused trouble. In the infrastructure planning world, are we about to see a storm of epic proportions? Let's call it Storm Doug, for roads being dug up. Sorry, it's the best I can do.

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.

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