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Midlands rail freight scheme and Somerset road project accepted for NSIP examination

Midlands rail freight scheme and Somerset road project accepted for NSIP examination

Plans for a rail freight interchange in the West Midlands and a road widening scheme in Somerset have been accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate under the nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP) regime.

Government confirms changes to water NSIP thresholds

Government confirms changes to water NSIP thresholds

The government has today confirmed its intention to change the size thresholds above which proposals for new reservoirs or dams would be considered as Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs).

Suffolk bridge NSIP plans accepted for examination by PINS

Suffolk bridge NSIP plans accepted for examination by PINS

A development consent order (DCO) application for a new bridge across a lake in Lowestoft, Suffolk, has been accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate (PINS).

Planning Inspectorate to determine future of contested Kent airport site

Planning Inspectorate to determine future of contested Kent airport site

The Planning Inspectorate has accepted a development consent order application to reopen a Kent airport as an air freight hub, contrary to rival plans for 2,500 homes on the site being progressed by its owner.

Major Infrastructure In Depth & Comment

Legal Viewpoint: Report sets new directions on infrastructure for growth

Legal Viewpoint: Report sets new directions on infrastructure for growth

This month's Commons housing, communities and local government select committee land value capture inquiry report highlights ways the planning system can anticipate and recover the costs of infrastructure needed to deliver growth.

Why NSIP route for shale projects may not ease consents process, by Angus Walker

Why NSIP route for shale projects may not ease consents process, by Angus Walker

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is consulting on whether, and if so how, shale gas or fracking projects - which term you prefer seems to indicate whether you are for or against them - should be brought within the Planning Act 2008 regime as a new type of nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP).

Government adviser's land value uplift proposals are worth noting, by Richard Garlick

Government adviser's land value uplift proposals are worth noting, by Richard Garlick

During last year's election campaign, the Conservative and Labour parties said that they would pursue a greater share for the public purse of unearned gains conferred on landowners by planning permission or infrastructure development.

How councils' land value capture powers should be strengthened, plus four other key National Infrastructure Assessment recommendations

How councils' land value capture powers should be strengthened, plus four other key National Infrastructure Assessment recommendations

Government advisory body the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) published its 30-year assessment of the UK's long-term infrastructure needs earlier this week. Here are five things you need to know about the UK's first-ever National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA).


Policy Briefings

Policy Summary: What the airports national policy statement means for Heathrow and beyond

Policy Summary: What the airports national policy statement means for Heathrow and beyond

POLICY: Airports National Policy Statement: New Runway Capacity and Infrastructure at Airports in the South East of England.

Policy Summary: Government revises criteria for water projects under major infrastructure regime

Policy Summary: Government revises criteria for water projects under major infrastructure regime

Policy: National Policy Statement for Water Resources: Infrastructure Types and Sizes.

Policy Summary: Draft policy statement provides planning guidance for nuclear waste disposal facilities

Policy Summary: Draft policy statement provides planning guidance for nuclear waste disposal facilities

Policy: Draft national policy statement for geological disposal infrastructure: a framework document for planning decisions on nationally significant infrastructure.

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