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What the HS2 review means for council plan-making

What the HS2 review means for council plan-making

The government's decision to review the future of the High Speed Two north-south rail link, plus the announcement of construction delays, has prompted fears that councils along the proposed route may have to dramatically rewrite their development plans

CIL Watch: Government updates CIL planning guidance

CIL Watch: Government updates CIL planning guidance

News that the government has updated its Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) features in the latest CIL Watch update.

Government announces 'rigorous' review of HS2 project

Government announces 'rigorous' review of HS2 project

An independent review of the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail project will consider whether alternative schemes could deliver the same connectivity, capacity, economic and environmental benefits, the government has announced.

Johnson pledges to 'review' planning regulations to boost housebuilding

Johnson pledges to 'review' planning regulations to boost housebuilding

Prime minister Boris Johnson has promised to "review" planning regulations to tackle the country's housing crisis, and has pledged that the government will fund a new cross-Pennine rail route between Manchester and Leeds.

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.

The places that have shared £717 million of Housing Infrastructure Fund money

The places that have shared £717 million of Housing Infrastructure Fund money

Proposals for a 10,000-home development in west London and a 13,400-home garden town in Oxfordshire are among the four projects that have been allocated a total of £717 million from the government's Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF).

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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.

Northern uproar over transport investment highlights impact of former chancellor, by Jamie Carpenter

Nearly ten years ago, when I visited Blackburn as part of research for a special report on changing patterns of deprivation in England, local leaders highlighted the Lancashire town's poor rail service as a key factor holding back the economic development of their area.

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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.

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.

How Crossrail 2 property tax may work

How Crossrail 2 property tax may work

A bold suggestion to tax property owners near Crossrail 2 stations to pay for the project faces a number of practical challenges before it could be implemented, say experts.

13 things you need to know about the draft London plan

13 things you need to know about the draft London plan

The draft revised version of the London Plan was published for consultation this week. We highlight 13 things you need to know about the key proposed policy changes.