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Edinburgh station masterplan proposes mezzanine concourse to boost city centre walking and cycling

Edinburgh station masterplan proposes mezzanine concourse to boost city centre walking and cycling

A newly-published masterplan sets out a vision for the redevelopment of Scotland's second-busiest railway station over a 30-year period within the wider context of Edinburgh's historic centre.

Court backs London council over HS2 works refusal

Court backs London council over HS2 works refusal

The Court of Appeal has come down on the side of a west London borough over its decision to refuse consent for works related to the High Speed Two (HS2) rail project.

Councils in Oxford-Cambridge arc bid to establish statutory transport body

Councils in Oxford-Cambridge arc bid to establish statutory transport body

A grouping of local authorities and businesses in the Oxford-to-Cambridge 'growth corridor' has started consulting on proposals to become a statutory body that would oversee the delivery of transport infrastructure in the region and have a say over major planning decisions and local plans.

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Why Epping Forest Council's block on 100-plus housing applications due to air quality concerns is set to last for a while

Why Epping Forest Council's block on 100-plus housing applications due to air quality concerns is set to last for a while

Following Natural England concerns about the impact of new housing on air quality in a protected woodland, an Essex council has put the processing of more than 100 planning applications on hold, while the examination of its 11,400-home draft local plan has also ground to a half. Both the council and observers do not expect a solution to the planning impasse any time soon.

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.

What the preferred East-West rail route means for Oxbridge housing plans

What the preferred East-West rail route means for Oxbridge housing plans

The government's announcement of a preferred route for part of a proposed rail link in the Oxford-Cambridge growth corridor should help local authorities in the area to deliver more homes and meet their housing requirements, say commentators.


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Why curbs on cars may not survive the pandemic, by Cliff Hague

Since, broadly speaking, the distant consequences of actions are more uncertain than the immediate consequences, it is seldom justifiable to embark on any policy on the ground that, though harmful in the present, it will be beneficial in the long run.”

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.