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How Hammond is seeking to use roads cash to unlock homes

How Hammond is seeking to use roads cash to unlock homes

Autumn Statement announcements make clear that, instead of repairing existing road, ministers are focused on using roads funding to pump prime other types of development.

New transport pot will support delivery of housing schemes

New transport pot will support delivery of housing schemes

Transport projects that enable the delivery of 'vital new housing developments' are in line for cash from a new £1.1 billion fund to tackle congestion and deliver local road and public transport network improvements, the transport secretary has said.

How the government aims to boost housing with infrastructure

How the government aims to boost housing with infrastructure

Local authorities will be invited to bid for funding from the £2.3 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund announced yesterday via a prospectus to be published in the New Year, housing minister Gavin Barwell has told Planning.

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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.

Three lessons from our event on post-Brexit planning

Three lessons from our event on post-Brexit planning

Planning rules based on European law are likely to take many years to change despite the Brexit vote, a London conference organised by Planning heard yesterday. Here are three key messages to emerge from the event.

What an air quality ruling means  for infrastructure schemes

What an air quality ruling means for infrastructure schemes

Commentators say that major infrastructure schemes could face closer scrutiny of air quality impacts and greater vulnerability to legal challenge following a court judgement that ruled that the government's air quality plan (AQP) is unlawful.

How the government's infrastructure adviser will assess long-term needs

How the government's infrastructure adviser will assess long-term needs

An assessment of the UK's needs being drawn up by the government's infrastructure adviser will consider the interactions between housing and infrastructure, but is unlikely to take the form of a national spatial plan.


Transport Comment

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.

Rail station developers face some testing challenges, by Richard Garlick

Densifying development around railway stations seems a common-sense response to the challenge of providing the homes and jobs needed in our biggest cities.

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Legal viewpoint: Select committee calls for hybrid bill process reform

Last month, the House of Commons select committee considering the High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill published its second special report of the 2015/16 Parliamentary session. In the report, the committee identifies the positive aspects of the hybrid bill process, but also makes several recommendations to address the problems it highlights.

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