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300MW gas-fired power station in Bedfordshire given green light

300MW gas-fired power station in Bedfordshire given green light

Plans for a 300 megawatt gas-fired power station in Bedfordshire have been given the go-ahead under the streamlined Planning Act 2008 regime for major infrastructure.

National Grid withdraws application for Wylfa nuclear plant power line

National Grid withdraws application for Wylfa nuclear plant power line

Energy network operator National Grid has withdrawn its planning application for a new power line in north Wales that would connect with the troubled Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station.

Tilbury Dock expansion given go-ahead despite landscape and heritage concerns

Tilbury Dock expansion given go-ahead despite landscape and heritage concerns

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has granted development consent for the expansion of Tilbury Dock in Essex, after judging that the removal of almost nine hectares of green belt land to allow for a new railway line to the site was justified.

Preferred route revealed for new 17km Bedfordshire-Cambridgeshire road

Preferred route revealed for new 17km Bedfordshire-Cambridgeshire road

Highways England has unveiled its preferred route for a new 16.9km dual carriageway straddling Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire, which the strategic roads body says will support "housing and job growth across the wider region".

Major Infrastructure In Depth & Comment

How the government is likely to respond to its NPPF High Court defeat

How the government is likely to respond to its NPPF High Court defeat

Following a successful judicial review against a paragraph in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) setting out support for fracking, planning law experts believe the government will probably reconsult on the policy or reconsider the responses it received to the original consultation.

CIL Watch: Yorkshire leads northern regions on CIL

CIL Watch: Yorkshire leads northern regions on CIL

Consultation on Harrogate Borough Council's draft charging schedule, which closes next week, takes the borough one step closer to being the 11th local authority in Yorkshire and the Humber to have a community infrastructure levy (CIL) in place.

Draft levy regulations offer clarity in some areas, complexity in others, by Richard Garlick

Draft levy regulations offer clarity in some areas, complexity in others, by Richard Garlick

Just before Christmas, the government issued draft regulations for amending the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), the charge that councils can apply to development, and the broader developer contributions system (see News Analysis p09).

What's new in the government's latest CIL regulations

What's new in the government's latest CIL regulations

New draft Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) regulations are set to introduce most of the government's previously-promised changes to the levy but also include a fresh requirement for councils to consult before removing a CIL.


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