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Building over London rail and tube lines 'could deliver 280,000 homes'

Building over London rail and tube lines 'could deliver 280,000 homes'

280,000 homes could be built in London above railway and tube lines, according to a new study by an engineering firm, about 30,000 more than previous research suggested.

Tees Valley mayor buys airport site to block 350-home development

Tees Valley mayor buys airport site to block 350-home development

The mayor of Tees Valley has announced a deal to buy Durham Tees Valley Airport from a developer to prevent outline plans for 350 homes going ahead and to 'make the airport great again'.

Campaigners launch High Court bid to block Oxbridge expressway plans

Campaigners launch High Court bid to block Oxbridge expressway plans

Wildlife campaigners have formally launched a High Court challenge to government plans for a new Oxford to Cambridge expressway.

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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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