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PINS rejects Essex gas plant application over use of 'outdated' climate change data

PINS rejects Essex gas plant application over use of 'outdated' climate change data

The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has said it cannot proceed with the examination of a gas plant in Essex because the planning application ‘fell below’ submission standards and failed to take into account the latest guidance on flood risk and climate change projections.

Stonehenge road tunnel survives High Court challenge over survey works

Stonehenge road tunnel survives High Court challenge over survey works

A bid to challenge a minister's permission for survey works to be carried out in relation to plans for a new road tunnel near Stonehenge, on the grounds that a government agency used the wrong legal powers to gain access to the land in question, has been dismissed by a High Court judge.

Heathrow third runway application delayed following court ruling

Heathrow third runway application delayed following court ruling

Submission of the planning application for Heathrow's third runway has been delayed and a forthcoming consultation shelved following last week's landmark Court of Appeal ruling against the airport's expansion, Planning can reveal.

Shapps approves new 14km dual carriageway stretch of A30 in Cornwall

Shapps approves new 14km dual carriageway stretch of A30 in Cornwall

The transport secretary Grant Shapps has approved a new 14 kilometre stretch of dual carriageway on the A30 in Cornwall, after concluding that there is "strong policy support" for the scheme.

Major Infrastructure In Depth & Comment

CIL Watch: Sharp year-on-year fall in number of levies examined

CIL Watch: Sharp year-on-year fall in number of levies examined

The number of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charging schedules being approved at examination has fallen dramatically in the last four years, according to analysis by Planning.

How the ruling rejecting Heathrow expansion will affect other projects and policies

How the ruling rejecting Heathrow expansion will affect other projects and policies

Experts predict that last week's landmark Court of Appeal ruling on Heathrow expansion will have wide-ranging consequences for how climate change is treated by the planning system and potentially puts a series of projects and policy documents at risk.

The planning work needed now HS2's future has been confirmed

The planning work needed now HS2's future has been confirmed

The government's announcement of support for the High Speed Two project after months of uncertainty signals the resumption of years' worth of determining applications for local authorities and opportunities for consultants, say observers.

The time is right for a national plan that goes beyond infrastructure, by Catriona Riddell

The time is right for a national plan that goes beyond infrastructure, by Catriona Riddell

The government has rightly committed to supporting long-term growth by investing in the country's strategic infrastructure network, promising a national strategy to do just that.


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).