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MPs urge halt to PD right changes as part of 'comprehensive review' of town centre policies

MPs urge halt to PD right changes as part of 'comprehensive review' of town centre policies

The government should undertake a "comprehensive review of planning as it pertains to the high street", focusing on speeding up the compulsory purchase system, an updated town centre first policy, a "complete overhaul and rewrite" of use classes, and restricting the use of permitted development rights, a report by a Parliamentary committee has recommended.

Preferred route revealed for new 17km Bedfordshire-Cambridgeshire road

Preferred route revealed for new 17km Bedfordshire-Cambridgeshire road

Highways England has unveiled its preferred route for a new 16.9km dual carriageway straddling Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire, which the strategic roads body says will support "housing and job growth across the wider region".

Airport landowner embarks on rival Heathrow DCO application

Airport landowner embarks on rival Heathrow DCO application

Hotel operator Arora Group has taken the first step in its bid to secure a development consent order (DCO) for a Heathrow expansion plan to rival that of the airport operator.

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How growth corridor road route could impact on planning

How growth corridor road route could impact on planning

Government proposals for a transport corridor between Oxford and Cambridge are causing uncertainty as to how they should be factored into local planning strategies.

How Crossrail 2 property tax may work

How Crossrail 2 property tax may work

A bold suggestion to tax property owners near Crossrail 2 stations to pay for the project faces a number of practical challenges before it could be implemented, say experts.

What the latest court setback for the government's air quality strategy means for planning

What the latest court setback for the government's air quality strategy means for planning

The government's air quality strategy has been faulted for doing too little to enforce European air quality standards in some areas. Applicants in 33 local authority areas can expect increased scrutiny and more demands for mitigation, say experts.

Policy Briefing: What planners need to know about driverless cars

Policy Briefing: What planners need to know about driverless cars

Planners need to start preparing now for the future impacts of autonomous vehicles, Matthew White suggests.


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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.

Why changing car technology will challenge planners, by Richard Garlick

It seems increasingly likely that the car industry will change radically within the next twenty years or so. Both the UK and France have recently committed to ban the sale of new petrol cars by 2040, and electric car manufacturer Tesla has just released its first vehicle intended for the mass market.

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