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High Court blocks London council's effort to halt HS2 works

High Court blocks London council's effort to halt HS2 works

A London council has failed in an effort to block works required to assist in the delivery of the High Speed Two (HS2) rail project after a judge ruled that the authority did not have the power to halt the proposals.

Nine key planning pledges in the Queen's Speech

Nine key planning pledges in the Queen's Speech

Last month's Queen's Speech, the second one of 2019, included details of several policies, pledges and white papers that have implications for planners. Here are nine key promises that you need to know.

Nine things you need to know about Khan's response to the London Plan inspectors

Nine things you need to know about Khan's response to the London Plan inspectors

This week, London mayor Sadiq Khan published his response to the recommendations made by a panel of inspectors who examined the draft London Plan earlier this year. The plan is now being considered by the secretary of state who has the power to intervene and amend the document if he wishes. Here are nine things you need to know about Khan's response.

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.

Transport secretary casts doubt on Oxford to Cambridge Expressway plans

Transport secretary casts doubt on Oxford to Cambridge Expressway plans

Plans for the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway have been thrown into doubt after transport secretary Grant Shapps said a Conservative government would place the project under review.

Lib Dems pledge end to office-to-residential permitted development rights

Lib Dems pledge end to office-to-residential permitted development rights

The Liberal Democrats' 2019 election manifesto has pledged to scrap office-residential permitted development rights and "reform planning to ensure developers are required to provide essential local infrastructure".

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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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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.

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.