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TfL planning chief suggests 9,000-home 'cap' on Old Kent Road until Bakerloo Line progresses

TfL planning chief suggests 9,000-home 'cap' on Old Kent Road until Bakerloo Line progresses

Transport for London's (TfL) planning chief has said that housing numbers in the Old Kent Road area of south London should be capped at a number under half of that proposed in a planning framework for the locality until the proposed extension of the Bakerloo underground line can be delivered.

Scottish ministers reject regional strategic plan over transport concerns

Scottish ministers reject regional strategic plan over transport concerns

Ministers have rejected an emerging spatial plan for Edinburgh and south east Scotland, on grounds including that the draft document was not supported by an adequate transport appraisal and did not "properly acknowledge and address the region's infrastructure constraints".

3.5km Hampshire bypass secures government approval

3.5km Hampshire bypass secures government approval

Plans for 3.5km bypass in Hampshire intended to boost the local economy and ease congestion have been approved by transport secretary Chris Grayling after a public inquiry last year.

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What the London mayoral levy MkII means for you

What the London mayoral levy MkII means for you

What are the implications for councils and developers of the introduction of the second iteration of the London mayor's community infrastructure levy, asks Adam Branson.

How we did it: Gaining consent for port expansion

How we did it: Gaining consent for port expansion

A port expansion in Essex has secured approval after green belt, heritage and ecological concerns were resolved, says Colin Marrs.

Policy Summary: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs' Clean Air Strategy 2019

Policy Summary: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs' Clean Air Strategy 2019

POLICY: Clean Air Strategy 2019.

Briefing: What the latest changes to CIL rules could mean on the ground

Briefing: What the latest changes to CIL rules could mean on the ground

Latest proposed changes to regulations aim to instil greater transparency and certainty in the CIL regime, says Murray Bridgwater.


Transport Comment

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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