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New noise planning guidance fleshes out 'agent of change' considerations

New noise planning guidance fleshes out 'agent of change' considerations

Revised planning guidance on noise includes new sections on how the 'agent of change' principle can be managed in the planning process, with clarification that the principle applies to areas near airports and advice on how noise from aviation activities and airport expansion can be mitigated.

Heathrow consults on mitigation measures as part of third runway expansion plans

Heathrow consults on mitigation measures as part of third runway expansion plans

Legally-binding noise limits, a green infrastructure "loop" and a fund for community projects are among the proposed measures to mitigate the impacts of Heathrow Airport's planned expansion revealed in a consultation this week.

Government announces 2050 net zero emissions target

Government announces 2050 net zero emissions target

Planners will help to "set the vision" to deliver the government's new 2050 net zero emissions target with the built environment offering some of the biggest opportunities to cut emissions, commentators have predicted.

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Third runway likely to break record, by Angus Walker

Heathrow Airport Ltd launched a statutory consultation on 18 June on its proposals to build a third runway and associated infrastructure. It is called "statutory" because it is required under the Planning Act 2008, which created the consenting system for nationally significant infrastructure projects, before an application can be made.

Heathrow runway is a long way off, by Angus Walker

Headlines earlier this month such as 'Heathrow third runway gets go-ahead from Chris Grayling' (Guardian) and 'Heathrow expansion gets green light from government as transport secretary Chris Grayling hails "historic moment"' (City AM) may have given you the impression that construction was now able to start on the new runway.

The battle over the third runway at Heathrow airport is far from finished, by Richard Garlick

The government has taken an important step by publishing its airports national policy statement (NPS), supporting the construction of a third runway at Heathrow.

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?

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