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Government announces £600m infrastructure funding to unlock 50,000 new homes

Government announces £600m infrastructure funding to unlock 50,000 new homes

The government has approved £600 million of infrastructure funding for five projects in London, Essex and Bedfordshire, which it says will allow plans for 50,000 new homes to proceed.

Green light for West Midlands link road works to 'unlock' business site

Green light for West Midlands link road works to 'unlock' business site

Plans have been approved for works to assist in the delivery of a new link road on the border between two West Midlands council areas, after planners advised that the scheme would 'unlock' an employment area for future development and provide wider regeneration opportunities.

Plans for 3,000 new homes in doubt after Herefordshire councillors halt bypass work

Plans for 3,000 new homes in doubt after Herefordshire councillors halt bypass work

A new administration at a West Midlands authority has decided to review plans for a major bypass partly over climate change concerns, despite warnings from officers that the move risks the proposed delivery of more than 3,000 new homes.

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How the developer contribution rules have changed: the Planning briefing

How the developer contribution rules have changed: the Planning briefing

The key changes to how local authorities charge, collect and report on developer contributions, and their implications. Mark Wilding reports.

CIL Watch: Government u-turns on CIL indexation

CIL Watch: Government u-turns on CIL indexation

Regulations laid before parliament this month will bring in a series of changes to developer contributions from 1 September.

Why it's so hard to get consent for rail freight interchanges in the South East

Why it's so hard to get consent for rail freight interchanges in the South East

A secretary of state refusal of plans for a strategic rail freight interchange on Kent green belt shows the difficulties of obtaining approval for such schemes in London and the South East via the traditional local authority application route, say commentators.

CIL Watch: South West drives levy uptake

CIL Watch: South West drives levy uptake

Local authorities in the South West accounted for more than half of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charging schedules adopted last year, according to figures recorded by Planning.


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Third runway likely to break record, by Angus Walker

Heathrow Airport Ltd launched a statutory consultation on 18 June on its proposals to build a third runway and associated infrastructure. It is called "statutory" because it is required under the Planning Act 2008, which created the consenting system for nationally significant infrastructure projects, before an application can be made.

Heathrow runway is a long way off, by Angus Walker

Headlines earlier this month such as 'Heathrow third runway gets go-ahead from Chris Grayling' (Guardian) and 'Heathrow expansion gets green light from government as transport secretary Chris Grayling hails "historic moment"' (City AM) may have given you the impression that construction was now able to start on the new runway.

The battle over the third runway at Heathrow airport is far from finished, by Richard Garlick

The government has taken an important step by publishing its airports national policy statement (NPS), supporting the construction of a third runway at Heathrow.

Is chaos coming to infrastructure, by Angus Walker

The 2016-17 storm season started with storm Angus, and recently Aileen and Brian have also caused trouble. In the infrastructure planning world, are we about to see a storm of epic proportions? Let's call it Storm Doug, for roads being dug up. Sorry, it's the best I can do.

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