A Treasury consultation has been released that seeks views on the proposed governance, structure and operation of the National Infrastructure Commission.
- Principal Planning Officer Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea London
- Assistant Planner Warrington Borough Council Warrington, Cheshire
- Service Manager – Development Management Lancaster City Council Lancaster, Lancashire
- Planning Manager Carrington West Bedford
- Senior Planning Enforcement Officer (permitted sites) Kent County Council Invicta House, Maidstone, Kent
The transport secretary has approved two development consent orders (DCOs) for upgrades of M25 junctions on green belt sites in east and west London, after concluding that a rise in carbon emissions from the projects would not undermine the government's net zero pledges and their benefits would outweigh harm to the green belt.
The transport secretary has granted development consent for a proposed link road connecting two motorways in the West Midlands, concluding that the project's benefits, including its "significant economic benefits", “clearly outweighed” its harm to the green belt.
The transport secretary has said he is "minded" to approve a development consent order (DCO) application for the construction of a new rail link between Bristol and Portishead, but has extended a deadline to make a final decision on the project by a further ten months.
A campaign group has initiated judicial review proceedings against the energy secretary’s permission for two offshore wind farms, arguing that the projects' offshore and onshore elements should have been considered separately.
Plans for a national infrastructure levy were included in the recently published Levelling-Up and Regeneration Bill, with further detail provided through accompanying explanatory notes and a policy paper. Here are the key things that you need to know.
The new levelling up bill is proposing a new mandatory infrastructure levy to replace the discretionary community infrastructure levy. Practitioners have raised concerns about the complexity of the new system, particularly in the way the levy will be based on the value of completed schemes, and say it may take many years to come into force.
The High Court has refused permission to judicially review a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) liability notice because the challenge was made very late and without good reasons for delay.
The new energy security strategy’s backing for solar farms will require national planning policy changes to make a difference, say practitioners, while its focus on brownfield sites could limit development opportunities.
POLICY: Preparing for a Changing Climate: Good Practice Guidance for Local Government.
Just weeks after the government signed the net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 target into law, the Committee on Climate Change's annual progress report reveals that the UK's climate change actions are failing to meet its ambitions. Kate Hodson and Olivia Dunham consider how planners can help.
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