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Future of north Wales nuclear plant DCO application hangs in balance

Future of north Wales nuclear plant DCO application hangs in balance

The Planning Inspectorate's determination of a development consent order (DCO) application for the Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station is set to continue while applicant Horizon assesses the future of the troubled project, it has been revealed.

Government proposes retaining 50MW NSIP threshold for energy storage

Government proposes retaining 50MW NSIP threshold for energy storage

The government is proposing to retain the 50MW threshold above which planning applications for energy storage projects are required to follow the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) route.

Shropshire power line plans to be examined by PINS

Shropshire power line plans to be examined by PINS

A development consent order (DCO) application for a new 21km electricity overhead line in Shropshire has been accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate (PINS).

Campaigners launch High Court bid to block Oxbridge expressway plans

Campaigners launch High Court bid to block Oxbridge expressway plans

Wildlife campaigners have formally launched a High Court challenge to government plans for a new Oxford to Cambridge expressway.

Major Infrastructure In Depth & Comment

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.

The fall and rise of DCO applications, by Angus Walker

The fall and rise of DCO applications, by Angus Walker

In August 2017 there were only four live applications for Development Consent Orders for nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs), the lowest figure for six years, and this had only risen to six by May 2018.

How ministers are resisting Parliament's push for more public sector land value uplift capture

How ministers are resisting Parliament's push for more public sector land value uplift capture

The government has responded cautiously to MPs' calls for the public purse to capture more of the land value uplift generated by planning permissions. However, some minor innovations to make the compulsory purchase system more transparent are promised.


Policy Briefings

Policy Summary: The government's position on developer contribution changes

Policy Summary: The government's position on developer contribution changes

POLICY: Government response to supporting housing delivery through developer contributions.

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.

CIL Watch