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Government sets timetable for delivery of local authority air quality plans

Government sets timetable for delivery of local authority air quality plans

Local authorities will have to bring forward plans to improve air quality within eight months and produce final plans by the end of 2018, according to the government's air quality plan which was published today.

Transport secretary backs Crossrail 2, but wants 'affordable' scheme

Transport secretary backs Crossrail 2, but wants 'affordable' scheme

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has signalled his support for the Crossrail 2 project, but said that the government now wants half of the flagship scheme's costs paid for up-front by London.

Transport minister hits out at 'crass' planners

Transport minister hits out at 'crass' planners

Transport minister John Hayes has hit out at 'callous architects, crass planners and careless politicians' and said he is looking the processes by which design judgments and decisions are made 'as well as the principles which inform those decisions'.

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Policy Summary: Framework for implementing clean air areas in high pollution zones

Policy Summary: Framework for implementing clean air areas in high pollution zones

Policy: Clean Air Zone Framework

How the government's air quality plan will affect the spread of clean air zones

How the government's air quality plan will affect the spread of clean air zones

The draft UK air quality plan that campaigners finally dragged out of a reluctant government earlier this month indicates that there will be a sharp increase in zones across England in which targeted action is taken to improve air quality. But where these new zones will be, and how stringent the measures they will implement, is not yet clear.

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.

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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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?

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.

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