Boris publishes draft London Infrastructure Plan

Boris publishes draft London Infrastructure Plan

Proposals for a new inner orbital road tunnel and several river crossings feature in London mayor Boris Johnson's new draft infrastructure plan, though he has ruled out building on the capital's green belt before 2025.

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GLA report calls for mayoral support for office-to-resi opt outs

GLA report calls for mayoral support for office-to-resi opt outs

A report for London mayor Boris Johnson recommends that he support boroughs wishing to opt out of controversial new rules easing the conversion of offices into homes where the policy prevents the 'positive' re-shaping of town centres.

Decline in local authority heritage expertise continues

Decline in local authority heritage expertise continues

The number of archaeological specialists and conservation specialists in local authorities across England has fallen 9.5 per cent and 2.4 per cent respectively in the past year, according to latest statistics.

Business-led scheme approved at London's Royal Docks

Business-led scheme approved at London's Royal Docks

Plans for more than 1,000 homes and 300,000 square metres of business space in East London's Royal Docks have been given the green light.

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Policy Briefing: Government sets out details of support for local growth

Policy Briefing: Government sets out details of support for local growth

A series of growth deals is set to shape the use of government funding for local development, David Marlow reports.

Grounds for dispute: mitigating damage to SPAs from housebuilding

Grounds for dispute: mitigating damage to SPAs from housebuilding

Development near sensitive wildlife areas can be enabled by pooling developer contributions across council boundaries to fund mitigation. But some authorities struggle to collaborate on the issue, reports Catherine Early.

Fears London could lose out in offsetting plans

Fears London could lose out in offsetting plans

Measures to offset carbon emissions from developments in London may end up taking place outside the capital, London boroughs fear, after a government decision to implement its offsetting scheme nationally rather than allow councils to set standards and require local mitigation measures.

The offsetting equation

The offsetting equation

Winning consent for development that damages biodiversity could be made easier by a standard formula, currently being trialled by government, for calculating the level of environmental improvement needed elsewhere to compensate. Ben Kochan investigates


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