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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.

Threatened Thanet Council aims for draft local plan publication in August

Threatened Thanet Council aims for draft local plan publication in August

One of the three councils undergoing central government scrutiny of its local plan process has announced that it hopes to publish a draft plan in August as part of a speeded-up timetable.

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.

TfL floats tax to capture uplift in land values from Crossrail 2

TfL floats tax to capture uplift in land values from Crossrail 2

Property owners near Crossrail 2 stations could be charged a tax aimed at capturing a share of rising property values sparked by the infrastructure project.

Utilities keen to cooperate with councils to meet growth ambitions, say infrastructure chiefs

Utilities keen to cooperate with councils to meet growth ambitions, say infrastructure chiefs

National utilities' doors are open to local authorities keen to explore ways in which infrastructure providers can help them achieve their growth ambitions, leading figures in the sector told yesterday's National Planning Summit in London.

Government moots 'non-negotiable' nationally-set developer contributions

Government moots 'non-negotiable' nationally-set developer contributions

The government may in the future consider setting developer contributions nationally and making them 'non-negotiable', a consultation on proposals for changes to the developer contributions system has revealed.

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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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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.

How we did it: Testing the water for a cycling scheme

How we did it: Testing the water for a cycling scheme

New digital engagement techniques proved key to securing public approval for a London borough's cycling scheme, says Mark Wilding.