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Campaigners lose legal fight over Oxbridge expressway 'preferred corridor' decision

Campaigners lose legal fight over Oxbridge expressway 'preferred corridor' decision

A bid by campaigners to challenge the Department for Transport's (DfT's) selection of a "preferred corridor" for the proposed Oxford to Cambridge Expressway on environmental impact grounds has been blocked by the High Court after a judge ruled that the scheme's route had not yet reached a stage where formal environmental or habitat assessments were required.

Development consent order approved for Kent combined heat and power plant

Development consent order approved for Kent combined heat and power plant

The secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy has approved plans for a combined heat and power plant at a site near Sittingbourne in Kent, after concluding that the benefits of the scheme would outweigh any potential negative visual impacts.

Heathrow consults on mitigation measures as part of third runway expansion plans

Heathrow consults on mitigation measures as part of third runway expansion plans

Legally-binding noise limits, a green infrastructure "loop" and a fund for community projects are among the proposed measures to mitigate the impacts of Heathrow Airport's planned expansion revealed in a consultation this week.

PINS accepts replacement Southampton-London fuel pipeline application for examination

PINS accepts replacement Southampton-London fuel pipeline application for examination

The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has accepted for examination a proposal to replace an underground aviation fuel pipeline that runs between Southampton and Hounslow in west London.

Major Infrastructure In Depth & Comment

CIL Watch: Brent tops table for CIL revenue raised in 2017/18

CIL Watch: Brent tops table for CIL revenue raised in 2017/18

Charging authorities raised close to half a billion pounds from the Community Infrastructure Levy in the 2017/18 financial year, according to government data, with the London Borough of Brent pulling in the highest amount of any council at £28.9 million.

The perils of prioritising tourism, by Cliff Hague

The perils of prioritising tourism, by Cliff Hague

Venice, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Edinburgh. These are places identified by the website CNN Travel as hotspots for "overtourism". Last year the Oxford English Dictionary made overtourism one of its words of the year. So what does it mean for planning, placemaking and urban conservation?

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.

Third runway likely to break record, by Angus Walker

Third runway likely to break record, by Angus Walker

Heathrow Airport Ltd launched a statutory consultation on 18 June on its proposals to build a third runway and associated infrastructure. It is called "statutory" because it is required under the Planning Act 2008, which created the consenting system for nationally significant infrastructure projects, before an application can be made.


Policy Briefings

Policy Summary: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs' Clean Air Strategy 2019
Policy Summary: Regulations revising definitions of nationally significant water resource projects

Policy Summary: Regulations revising definitions of nationally significant water resource projects

POLICY: The Infrastructure Planning (Water Resources) (England) Order 2019.

Briefing: What the latest changes to CIL rules could mean on the ground

Briefing: What the latest changes to CIL rules could mean on the ground

Latest proposed changes to regulations aim to instil greater transparency and certainty in the CIL regime, says Murray Bridgwater.

CIL Watch