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Bill to allow HS2 leg between Crewe and Manchester announced in Queen’s Speech

Bill to allow HS2 leg between Crewe and Manchester announced in Queen’s Speech

A new bill to provide the planning and compulsory purchase powers to build the next stage of the High Speed Two (HS2) network between Crewe and Manchester has been announced in today's Queen Speech.

Consultation on second National Infrastructure Assessment to begin this autumn

Consultation on second National Infrastructure Assessment to begin this autumn

The government's advisory body on major infrastructure has announced that its second National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA) will be published in the second half of 2023 with consultation on the strategy to commence this autumn.

Kwarteng delays 1.8GW wind farm decision following court's quashing of sister project

Kwarteng delays 1.8GW wind farm decision following court's quashing of sister project

Business and energy secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has delayed a decision on a development consent order (DCO) for a 1.8 gigawatt wind farm off the Norfolk coast, after the High Court earlier in the year overturned consent for the scheme's sister project.

TCPA criticises Jenrick for ‘downplaying planning system's role in addressing climate change'

TCPA criticises Jenrick for ‘downplaying planning system's role in addressing climate change'

The Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) has accused communities secretary Robert Jenrick of appearing to downplay the importance of addressing climate change through the planning system in comments he made about controversial plans to open a new coal mine in Cumbria.

Major Infrastructure In Depth & Comment

What the cancellation of the Oxford-Cambridge expressway means for planning and development in the area

What the cancellation of the Oxford-Cambridge expressway means for planning and development in the area

The government's cancellation of a planned expressway linking Oxford and Cambridge indicates that other major road projects may now be called into question due to conflict with climate change targets, observers suggest. But local plan preparation and development work are likely to benefit now that the uncertainty the road project had created is over.

Legal Viewpoint: Wind farm ruling sheds light on assessment of cumulative impacts

Legal Viewpoint: Wind farm ruling sheds light on assessment of cumulative impacts

Last month, the High Court quashed a development consent order (DCO) for the gargantuan 158-turbine Norfolk Vanguard offshore wind farm in the North Sea. The ruling means that the case requires redetermination and could affect another nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP) decision due imminently.

The implications of relaxed planning rules in prospective freeports

The implications of relaxed planning rules in prospective freeports

Newly selected freeport areas could be used by local authorities and Whitehall to test “unique” planning freedoms, suggest commentators, but they highlight several key challenges for councils in making effective use of the proposed relaxation of planning rules.

The lessons to be learned from the quashing of two secretary of state major infrastructure approvals

The lessons to be learned from the quashing of two secretary of state major infrastructure approvals

Two approvals by secretaries of state for an offshore wind farm and an airport redevelopment, against the advice of the examining panels, were overturned in the courts in the space of a week. In both cases, ministers were found to have failed to give adequate reasoning for their decisions. Experts say the growing number of recommended refusals by inspectors and outdated national policy documents increase the risk of consents being challenged.


Policy Briefings

Policy Summary: Guidance for local authorities on the role of planning in climate change adaptation

Policy Summary: Guidance for local authorities on the role of planning in climate change adaptation

POLICY: Preparing for a Changing Climate: Good Practice Guidance for Local Government.

Briefing: How planners can help tackle the climate crisis

Briefing: How planners can help tackle the climate crisis

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.

Policy Summary: National Policy Statement (NPS) for Geological Disposal Infrastructure

Policy Summary: National Policy Statement (NPS) for Geological Disposal Infrastructure

Issued by: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (DBEIS).