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HS2 bill for northern phase of rail link delayed by a year

HS2 bill for northern phase of rail link delayed by a year

The hybrid bill that would grant planning consent to the northern section of the High Speed Two (HS2) rail link has been delayed by a year, the Department for Transport (DfT) has confirmed.

CBI warns over 'widening gap' between English regions on infrastructure decision-making

CBI warns over 'widening gap' between English regions on infrastructure decision-making

There is a 'widening' gap between English regions where 'devolution and collaboration' on transport infrastructure decision-making is occurring and those areas where it is not, a report by business lobby group the CBI has said.

New NPPF may favour development in unsustainable locations, says RTPI

New NPPF may favour development in unsustainable locations, says RTPI

The focus in the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) on the speed of housing delivery may favour development on 'remote locations' reliant on cars, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has said in its response, published this week, to a government consultation on air quality.

Government now faces six legal bids to block Heathrow expansion

Government now faces six legal bids to block Heathrow expansion

A total of six applications have been lodged at the High Court to overturn the government's Airports National Planning Policy Statement (NPS), after environmental charity Friends of the Earth announced that it has launched a legal bid against the document.

TfL calls for scrapping of PD rights for 'cluttering' telephone kiosks

TfL calls for scrapping of PD rights for 'cluttering' telephone kiosks

Mayoral body Transport for London (TfL) says it intends to lobby Whitehall to remove permitted development (PD) rights for telephone kiosks, which it describes as "street clutter" in its new walking action plan.

Thanet Council votes to reallocate proposed Manston Airport homes

Thanet Council votes to reallocate proposed Manston Airport homes

Thanet District Council is set to leave open the possibility of reopening Manston Airport by reallocating 2,500 homes originally earmarked for the site in its emerging local plan.

Latest HS2 Comment

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.

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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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.

How we did it: Securing airport expansion permission

How we did it: Securing airport expansion permission

Mayoral opposition had to be overcome to obtain approval for London City Airport's expansion plan, David Dewar reports.

Why the number of NSIP decisions being delayed is increasing

Why the number of NSIP decisions being delayed is increasing

A delay to a ministerial decision on an application for a road tunnel in east London means that decisions on four out of the last eight projects to be determined under the fast-track process for nationally significant infrastructure projects have been delayed.