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Judge rejects campaigners’ ‘wholly unarguable’ bid to block HS2 tree felling

Judge rejects campaigners’ ‘wholly unarguable’ bid to block HS2 tree felling

The High Court has rejected a bid by environmental campaigners to block tree-felling as part of the High Speed Two (HS2) works due to the possible presence of a colony of extremely rare bats, a move the developer of the train line claimed would cause a delay costing up to £90 million.

Campaigners launch legal challenge to force ministers to review road-building policy document in light of climate targets

Campaigners launch legal challenge to force ministers to review road-building policy document in light of climate targets

Environmental campaigners have filed papers with the High Court in a bid to overturn the decision by transport secretary Grant Shapps not to review the national policy document on road-building in light of the government’s more recent carbon reduction targets.

High Court judge raps county council for unlawful consultation submission on proposed roundabout

High Court judge raps county council for unlawful consultation submission on proposed roundabout

Norfolk County Council unlawfully took into account the economic benefits of keeping a large business in the county when it should have confined itself to highway matters alone in its consultation response on a proposed roundabout, a High Court judge has ruled.

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The Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects that progressed over the winter

The Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects that progressed over the winter

Key planning stages reached by Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects between November 2020 and January 2021

The Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects that progressed over the summer

The Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects that progressed over the summer

Key planning stages reached by Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects between June and August 2020

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.


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Letter: It’s time to make tough decisions about the Oxford-Cambridge arc

The recent abandonment of the expressway linking Oxford and Cambridge is the latest indication that key issues must be addressed over the Oxford-Cambridge arc, with the question still remaining over what it actually is and what it is really for.

What the rest of the world can teach us about planning safer streets for women, by Cliff Hague

The tragic abduction and murder of Sarah Everard has refocused attention on women’s safety, but the response of the Westminster government suggests that some re-education would not go amiss.

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.