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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).

Think tank calls for creation of outer London spatial strategy to tackle poverty

Think tank calls for creation of outer London spatial strategy to tackle poverty

A separate spatial strategy for London's outer boroughs should be produced to help tackle rising levels of poverty, according to a report published today by a think tank.

Government agency recommends embedding of 'net health gain' principle in national planning policy

Government agency recommends embedding of 'net health gain' principle in national planning policy

A "net health gain" principle should be embedded in national planning policy to ensure that new developments do not contribute to the problem of air pollution, a report by government agency Public Health England has recommended.

Infrastructure advisor warns government over progress of Oxbridge growth arc spatial plan

Infrastructure advisor warns government over progress of Oxbridge growth arc spatial plan

Key milestones in the delivery of the proposed Oxford to Cambridge 'growth arc' are "at risk of being missed", including the development of a spatial vision for the project and the designation of locations for new settlements, according to a report by the government's infrastructure advisor.

North of England transport strategy calls for creation of 'Great North Plan'

North of England transport strategy calls for creation of 'Great North Plan'

Calls for the creation of a strategic "Great North Plan", a Leeds airport railway station, another Tees Crossing, and a series of other new road and rail links are proposed in a new strategic transport plan for the north of England.

Planning authorities must capitalise on infrastructure spending hike, says government adviser

Planning authorities must capitalise on infrastructure spending hike, says government adviser

Planning authorities have a key role to play in ensuring that the hike in infrastructure investment recommended by government adviser the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has a transformative effect on the country, one of the commission's board members said last week.

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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.