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Khan pulls plug on London's controversial 'Garden Bridge' project

Khan pulls plug on London's controversial 'Garden Bridge' project

London mayor Sadiq Khan has said he will not provide the financial guarantees required to allow work to begin on the controversial 'Garden Bridge' project, casting the future of the project into doubt.

Why a Sussex council is stalling schemes affecting a key habitat

Why a Sussex council is stalling schemes affecting a key habitat

A Sussex council's block on new traffic-generating development and its decision to lower its housing targets have caused confusion and concern among applicants and neighbouring authorities.

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Urban densification key to climate fight, says report

Urban densification key to climate fight, says report

The creation of 'dense and energy-efficient cities' is key to cutting carbon emissions, according to a report by a business-led commission on energy and climate change.

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City region mayoral elections preview - infrastructure

City region mayoral elections preview - infrastructure

In the second of Planning's previews of next month's English city-region mayoral elections, Bryan Johnston looks at how the main contenders are proposing to upgrade critical infrastructure in their areas.

Why a pan-London infrastructure levy is smashing its targets

Why a pan-London infrastructure levy is smashing its targets

Supporters of proposals to replace the Community Infrastructure Levy with a low-level charge say that new figures demonstrating the success of a pan-London levy set up to raise funds for the Crossrail project serve to bolster rather than undermine their case.

The planning hurdles that the HS2 rail link's first phase must clear

The planning hurdles that the HS2 rail link's first phase must clear

Local planning authorities along the route of the high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham are preparing to determine scores of applications related to the detailed design of elements of the controversial infrastructure project after legislation paving the way for the scheme received Royal Assent last week.

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.


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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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