Growth & Infrastructure Act

News and in-depth coverage of the government's Growth and Infrastructue Act.

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Ministers promise to revamp and expand Housing Infrastructure Fund

Ministers promise to revamp and expand Housing Infrastructure Fund

Ministers have revealed that the government is pressing ahead with a revamp and expansion of its Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) and promised that the upcoming Planning White Paper will look at revising the compulsory purchase process.

Norton Rose Fulbright appoints new head of planning

Norton Rose Fulbright appoints new head of planning

Law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has announced that Sarah Fitzpatrick has joined the company's London office as its new head of planning.

Why a county council is poised to take over production of a district's local plan

Why a county council is poised to take over production of a district's local plan

Ministers have warned an Oxfordshire district council considering ditching its long-emerging development plan that it may ask the county council to intervene. Obervers believe some form of intervention is likely, with the county saying it is willing to step in, despite resource concerns.

RICS index sees London mayoral CIL rates fall

RICS index sees London mayoral CIL rates fall

Charging rates for the London Mayoral Community Infrastructure Levy (MCIL) have fallen in 2020, the first year in which a new Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) index has been applied.

Raynsford warns that PD rights 'corroding' planners' morale in new report

Raynsford warns that PD rights 'corroding' planners' morale in new report

Former housing minister Nick Raynsford has warned that residential permitted development (PD) rights have 'corroded' the morale of planners while English planning "remains in crisis" in an update to his wide-ranging review of the effectiveness of the system.

Latest Growth and Infrastructure Act Opinion

What the profession can learn from Dominic Cummings' team of 'unusual' people, by Euan Mills

One day before Iranian general Qasem Soleimani was killed by an American drone, Dominic Cummings, the special adviser to the Prime Minister, published a job advert on his personal blog inviting applications from "an unusual set of people" to help address "some profound problems at the core of how the state makes decisions".

The White Paper must focus on strategic planning and climate change, Catriona Riddell

As promised in the Conservative Party election manifesto, the Government has announced it will bring forward a White Paper to deliver a planning process that is "clearer, more accessible and more certain for all users".

Why the country's biggest infrastructure projects have hit problems, by Angus Walker

With news that a third runway at Heathrow is being delayed, pretty much all the country's largest infrastructure projects are having problems of one sort or another.

While Britain flounders, China forges ahead, by Cliff Hague

It seems appropriate that my last column of the decade is being written in China. Why? Since 2010 China has added over 150 million urban dwellers: what happens here in the 2020s will impact on the future of the planet.

The system needs proactive changes, not a structural overhaul, by Catriona Riddell

By the time you read this, we will have a new government. We need stability to get on with the job of making good places, and a wholesale review of the system is the last thing that is required. But there are things that government can do to deliver better outcomes.

Johnson needs more of the profit from permissions to make development more popular, by Richard Garlick

There are two distinct philosophies apparent in emerging Conservative planning policy. The first was prominent in the party's election manifesto. It seeks to strengthen planning to ensure that development benefits, or at least does not harm, local communities.

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Growth and Infrastructure Act In Depth

Growth and Infrastructure Act: a primer

Growth and Infrastructure Act: a primer

On 6 September 2012 the government announced a fresh wave of planning reforms aimed at stimulating the housing market and driving economic growth. This page collates all the key events as details on the reforms.