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Go-ahead for 4.4km Beds link road in green belt and AONB

Go-ahead for 4.4km Beds link road in green belt and AONB

Plans have been approved for a 4.4km link road that travels through the Bedfordshire green belt and partly through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) after planners advised that the scheme was a "critical component" of wider rail and road improvements for the Oxford-Cambridge growth corridor.

High Court blocks London council's effort to halt HS2 works

High Court blocks London council's effort to halt HS2 works

A London council has failed in an effort to block works required to assist in the delivery of the High Speed Two (HS2) rail project after a judge ruled that the authority did not have the power to halt the proposals.

Seven key tasks in the new government's in-tray

Seven key tasks in the new government's in-tray

Some key areas of unfinished business face the new Conservative government. Below, we outline seven of the most significant tasks.

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How new planning guidance on air quality changes the system: the Planning Briefing

How new planning guidance on air quality changes the system: the Planning Briefing

What the latest changes to government guidance are, and how they affect practitioners. By Isabella Kaminski.

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.


Transport Comment

Why the country's biggest infrastructure projects have hit problems, by Angus Walker

With news that a third runway at Heathrow is being delayed, pretty much all the country's largest infrastructure projects are having problems of one sort or another.

Is this the end of the line for HS2, by Angus Walker

In furtherance of a pledge made by Boris Johnson during his leadership campaign, the government has launched a review of HS2. Does that mean it is the beginning of the end of the project?

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.