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13 key recommendations in the London Plan examination report

13 key recommendations in the London Plan examination report

The inspectors' report on the London Plan was published this week. Here are 13 key recommendations that you need to know about.

Plans submitted for 8km Cumbria link road to unlock 10,000-home garden village

Plans submitted for 8km Cumbria link road to unlock 10,000-home garden village

A planning application has been submitted for a new 8km link road intended to help deliver a 10,000-home garden village scheme in Cumbria.

Queen's Speech promises first National Infrastructure Strategy this autumn

Queen's Speech promises first National Infrastructure Strategy this autumn

A promise to publish the first National Infrastructure Strategy later this autumn, a bill to allow the High Speed Two (HS2) line between the West Midlands and Crewe and a white paper on further English devolution featured in today's Queen's Speech.

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.

Latest HS2 Comment

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.

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.