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Government vows infrastructure push to drive industrial strategy

Government vows infrastructure push to drive industrial strategy

The government will use additional infrastructure funding to unlock growth and help more evenly distribute economic prosperity across the country, according to its industrial strategy, published today.

'Place-based strategy' to form key plank of industrial policy

'Place-based strategy' to form key plank of industrial policy

A 'place-based strategy' to 'build on the particular strengths of different places and address factors that hold places back' will form a key part of the government's industrial strategy which is due to be published later today.

DfT announces backing for new M11 motorway junction

DfT announces backing for new M11 motorway junction

The government has pledged its support for a new motorway junction on the M11, near Harlow in Essex, saying that the scheme will ensure that a new garden town can go ahead without overloading the local road network.

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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.


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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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