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Packham launches legal challenge against Prime Minister's decision to back HS2

Packham launches legal challenge against Prime Minister's decision to back HS2

Environmental campaigner Chris Packham has begun legal action seeking to overturn the Prime Minister's recent backing for the High Speed Two (HS2) rail project, arguing that the evidence supporting the decision was "flawed" and does not comply with the government's net zero carbon goal.

The planning work needed now HS2's future has been confirmed

The planning work needed now HS2's future has been confirmed

The government's announcement of support for the High Speed Two project after months of uncertainty signals the resumption of years' worth of determining applications for local authorities and opportunities for consultants, say observers.

NIC urges ministers to confirm Oxbridge expressway and warns on housing delivery

NIC urges ministers to confirm Oxbridge expressway and warns on housing delivery

The government's infrastructure advisory body has called on ministers to this year confirm the route for the proposed Oxford-Cambridge growth corridor expressway and warned that there is "still a long way to go" to boost housing delivery in the area to reach the levels needed.

Johnson backs High Speed Two project in full

Johnson backs High Speed Two project in full

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has given his backing to the High Speed Two (HS2) rail project, saying "we are going to get this done" and services could be in operation by the end of the decade.

Election result and Brexit 'set to speed up infrastructure decisions', says MHCLG official

Election result and Brexit 'set to speed up infrastructure decisions', says MHCLG official

Britain's departure from the EU and the election of a government with a solid parliamentary majority is likely to speed up policy-making on infrastructure, including the delivery of new National Policy Statements, according to a Whitehall planning official.

Devolution deal paves way for Sheffield City Region mayor to take on strategic planning powers

Devolution deal paves way for Sheffield City Region mayor to take on strategic planning powers

Sheffield City Region elected mayor Dan Jarvis looks set to be granted strategic planning powers after local authority leaders agreed to consult on a draft devolution deal for the area.

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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.

Is this the end of the line for HS2, by Angus Walker

In furtherance of a pledge made by Boris Johnson during his leadership campaign, the government has launched a review of HS2. Does that mean it is the beginning of the end of the project?

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.

Is chaos coming to infrastructure, by Angus Walker

The 2016-17 storm season started with storm Angus, and recently Aileen and Brian have also caused trouble. In the infrastructure planning world, are we about to see a storm of epic proportions? Let's call it Storm Doug, for roads being dug up. Sorry, it's the best I can do.

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Seven key tasks in the new government's in-tray

Seven key tasks in the new government's in-tray

Some key areas of unfinished business face the new Conservative government. Below, we outline seven of the most significant tasks.

How the developer contribution rules have changed: the Planning briefing

How the developer contribution rules have changed: the Planning briefing

The key changes to how local authorities charge, collect and report on developer contributions, and their implications. Mark Wilding reports.

CIL Watch: South West drives levy uptake

CIL Watch: South West drives levy uptake

Local authorities in the South West accounted for more than half of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charging schedules adopted last year, according to figures recorded by Planning.

What the London mayoral levy MkII means for you

What the London mayoral levy MkII means for you

What are the implications for councils and developers of the introduction of the second iteration of the London mayor's community infrastructure levy, asks Adam Branson.