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Councils support HS2 ‘green route’


A new active travel route from Birmingham to Coventry along the HS2 line is a ‘no brainer’, West Midlands mayor Andy Street has said.

£34m council land sale set for High Court


The High Court will consider whether to review Hertfordshire County Council’s sale of a former airfield to a rail freight company.

‘Brownfield first’ reforms unveiled


Councils in England will be told to prioritise brownfield development and be ‘less bureaucratic’ in their approach to building on previously developed land.

UK risks being stuck in EV ‘slow lane’


Government must do more to speed up the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) if it is to reach net zero, including extending charging infrastructure support.

Nearly 70% of EV owners unhappy with public chargers


Nearly 70% of electric (EV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicle owners who have used the UK’s public charging network have said they are unhappy with it.

Local plan review process ‘ineffective’


Reform is urgently required to improve the local plan review process and increase the number of up-to-date plans, according to new research.

EVs only ‘part of the solution’, public health directors warn


Directors of public health have welcomed the Government’s zero emission vehicle mandate but warned electric vehicles are ‘just part of the solution’.

Review of 2023: a year in planning


Karen Charles, executive director, Boyer (part of Leaders Romans Group), takes a look back at developments in planning policy over the last year.

Skills shortage ‘putting brakes’ on net zero


The skills shortage is undermining efforts to reduce carbon emissions and effectively tackle the climate crisis, local authority leaders in London have warned.

£150k charging investment to support Hull’s EV transition


Hull City Council has announced that it will invest £150,000 in new electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

Gov announces £70m charge point pilot


The Government has launched a £70m pilot scheme to boost the rollout of ultra-rapid electric vehicle charge points in motorway service areas.

Tidal barrage could be new Wirral-Liverpool link


A tidal barrage across the Mersey could provide a new link between Wirral and Liverpool, according to a report.

Autumn Statement: Councils to be able to recover planning costs


Councils will be able to recover the costs of business planning applications in return for being required to meet faster timelines, Chancellor says.

Levelling Up Fund allocated


The third round of the Levelling Up Fund has been awarded to unsuccessful bids from round two.

Autumn Statement 2023: Where does all the HS2 money go now?


Jessica Bowles, director of strategic partnerships and impact at Bruntwood, discusses the future of Northern Powerhouse Rail.

New Bradford station 'one step closer' with £400k award


The Department for Transport (DfT) has awarded Bradford Council £400,000 ‘to kickstart master planning’ on a new railway station.

Places must adapt for ageing population, says Whitty


Places and infrastructure must be adapted to support an ageing population, particularly in rural areas, according to England's chief medical officer.

Commission calls for £30bn public infrastructure investment


Government should invest £30bn a year into public infrastructure to level up struggling areas and tackle climate change, says infrastructure commission.

Local authority pension schemes invest £330m in renewables


Six local authority pension schemes have agreed a multi-million-pound deal to invest in renewables projects in the southwest.

Labour to tackle 'antiquated planning system'


Labour has pledged to overhaul the planning system in a bid to ease the progress of infrastructure projects.

Sinkhole swallows up bin lorry


An investigation has been launched after a refuse collection vehicle in North Wales was partially swallowed up by a sinkhole.

Place directors under ‘immense pressure’ publish strategic objectives


Place directors have called for action on planning, infrastructure and the environment, including a financial regime enabling councils to build more affordable and ‘climate-ready’ homes.

County areas behind on EV charging


The number of publicly available electric vehicle (EV) charge points in England’s county and rural areas lags ‘far behind’ major towns and cities, according to a report.

Cornwall exceeds EV charger installation target


Cornwall has installed 184 electric vehicle charge points as part of a plan aimed to improve coverage in rural parts of the county.

Unions call for £4bn investment in school estate


In response to the RAAC crisis, trade unions have written to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak urging him to invest £4.4bn per year to improve the school estate.

Increasing number of high-rises causing ‘longstanding harm’


A heritage charity has called for a rethink on the proliferation of high-rise buildings across Manchester.

Ministers fear public building disruption after school closures


Some ministers fear disruption and huge costs if public buildings with RAAC are held to the standards the Department for Education set by closing schools.

Manchester charges forward with 200 EV connectors


Plans to install 200 electric vehicle charging connectors in Manchester are gathering pace as the city council looks to help residents switch to cleaner cars.

Gloucestershire to roll out 1,000 EV chargers


Gloucestershire County Council is set to begin the rollout of 1,000 electric vehicle charging points at the end of this month.

Majority of councils do not have on-street EV charging strategy


More than 70% of local authorities do not have a published strategy in place for residential on-street charging for electric vehicles (EV).

MPs launch electric vehicle (EV) inquiry


An inquiry into electric vehicles (EVs) has today been launched to help the Government better understand how the UK will reach net zero.

Pace of EV charger installation by councils a ‘real concern’


Poor investment at a local level means private investment will be required to meet a target to install 300,000 public EV chargers by 2030, law firm says.

Harlow Council seeks injunction over missing community facilities


Harlow Council said it has applied for an injunction against the three housebuilders of a new development who have failed to provide community facilities.

The River Thames Scheme: infrastructure to deliver a greener future


Carolyn McKenzie, director of Environment at Surrey County Council, discusses how the River Thames Scheme will respond to the challenges of climate change.

Government concessions over infrastructure levy


The Government has offered concessions on its planned infrastructure levy in the face of opposition from the House of Lords.

Thames Water fined millions over roadwork problems


London councils fined Thames Water more than £12m for late or badly managed roadworks over a five-year period, according to data obtained by the Green Party.

Car park design in the 21st century


Chris Whapples, Institution of Structural Engineers, looks at what local authorities need to consider when thinking about parking standards.

Scrap proposed infrastructure levy, council chiefs say


Council leaders, developers, and others have written to levelling up secretary Michael Gove criticising the Government’s proposed infrastructure levy.

London boroughs agree first infrastructure framework


All 33 local authorities across London have agreed an infrastructure framework on a cross-party, pan-London basis for the first time.

Number of public EV charge points up 3,000


The number of public electric vehicle (EV) charge points increased by over 3,000 in the first quarter of this year, up 8% compared to the start of January.

Energy Efficient High Mast Lighting for UK City of Culture


CU Phosco work with Balfour Beatty to replace Coventry’s high mast lighting, saving 30% energy with a payback period of less than four years.

Planning system 'holding back' major infrastructure projects


The planning system is holding back the building of major infrastructure projects, according to a new Government-commissioned report.

Hackney Council to roll-out 2,500 chargers


Hackney Council has signed a contract with charging specialists Zest to provide and operate its charge point roll-out of 2,500 fast and slow chargers.

DfT shaves local funding from £400m charge point announcement


Ministers appear to have cut Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) funding to local authorities by tens of millions over the next two years.

Austerity made country poorer, think tank says


The UK’s long-term failure to invest in transport, housing, healthcare and local services has made Britain poorer, according to the Resolution Foundation.

Surrey CC begins roll-out of record 10,000 EV chargers


EV owners in Surrey will soon have access to 10,000 public chargers as the council announces the largest deployment of charge points by a UK local authority.

Number of ‘substandard’ bridges falls to 3,090


The proportion of council-managed road bridges classified as ‘substandard’ has fallen slightly over the past year despite local authority budget limitations.

Hunt stumps up tens of billions for infrastructure


The chancellor has announced 'up to' £20bn for carbon capture and storage, alongside a new round of funding for city regions and £1bn for Levelling up.

Council pension fund managers support social investments


Most local government pension fund managers support investment that can achieve positive social benefits as well as financial returns, according to a survey.

Suffolk CC to invest nearly £11m in new bridges


Suffolk County Council is investing almost £11m into delivering two new bridges and a raft of regeneration projects.

‘Highest performing’ active travel councils named


Leicester and Nottingham councils have been rated as two of the highest performing local authorities in the first ever Government review of active travel.

EV streets for all


Dr Chao Long, a researcher at Cranfield University, argues that local government urgently needs data on EV use in order to avoid mistakes around funding.

Digitisation must not lead to ‘two-tier society’, auditor says


Spending on internet infrastructure must be balanced with measures to prevent creating a two-tier society when it comes to services, Welsh government says.

Planning overhaul needed for climate change ‘resilience’, think tank says


Successfully adapting to climate change will need an overhaul of the planning system to create measurable local targets, according to researchers.

Councils should become primary provider of childcare, survey finds


Councils should become the primary provider of state-subsidised childcare designed to get parents back to work and boost productivity, a new survey has found.

Pedestrian falls cost taxpayers up to £500m a year


Pedestrian falls on dangerous pavements potentially cost taxpayers up to £500m a year, a new report has revealed.

District chiefs welcome proposed planning fee boost


District council leaders have welcomed a proposal that could see an increase in planning fees to help over-stretched local planning departments.

Counties’ infrastructure funding faces cuts, report claims


Funding for infrastructure in county areas could be cut under new planning reforms, council leaders have warned.

Government releases planning reform 'action plan'


The Government has published an Action Plan setting out reforms to the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP) regime.

Councils urged to plan better for floods


Planning experts have called on local authorities to do more to embed climate resilience into new developments and local plans.

Charge point roll out gets £56m cash injection


Sixteen councils are set to benefit from a £56m injection of cash aimed at driving forward the roll out of thousands of new EV charge points.

The SWARCO team wins big at the 2023 E-Mobility Awards


SWARCO Smart Charging won awards in two categories – EV Service Team of the Year and EV Network Operator of the Year – at the 2023 E-Mobility Awards.

Charity calls for ban on pavement parking to improve accessibility


People with disabilities struggle to move around their communities due to ‘inadequate infrastructure’, a sustainable transport charity has found.

Seven bids win £30m decarbonisation cash


Ministers have announced the seven projects that will receive a share of £30m under the ADEPT Live Labs 2: Decarbonising Local Roads programme.

Council's £100m fight against potholes pays off


Gloucestershire County Council’s plan to spend £100m over four years improving the quality of its roads is already paying off, the highway authority has said.

Khan faces new pushback over ULEZ expansion


A London council has vowed to continue its fight to delay the expansion of the capital’s ultra low emission zone (ULEZ).

Council’s £8m EV programme branded a ‘fiasco’


York Council’s EV programme has been branded a ‘fiasco’ after it spent £8m on a fleet of EVs without having the right charging infrastructure fully in place.

EV charging: An alternative strategy


From earning money to making use of wind power, Colin Townend outlines the benefits of overnight home charging.

Transforming Dorset’s planning system as a new unitary authority


Cllr David Walsh, portfolio holder for planning, Dorset Council looks at how levelling up opportunities for infrastructure improvements are put into practice.

Funding request to rescue inflation-hit City Deal


Derry City & Strabane DC is to request more funding to back its £250m City Deal as inflation threatens to force planned projects to be scaled back.

Flood plans should touch on surface risks, councils told


Local authorities must do more to prepare for flash flooding as official figures reveal tens of thousands of homes are built in at-risk areas.

Autumn statement: Investment zones ‘refocus’ in Autumn Statement


Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt has binned ‘existing expressions of interest’ from councils to set up investment zones as the Government moves to ‘refocus’ the programme.

Autumn Statement: Northern Powerhouse Rail to be 'core' only


The chancellor Jeremy Hunt has confirmed hopes for Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) to be completed in full have been dashed.

Shift towards public and destination EV charging presents opportunities for local authorities


Cecilia Routledge examines how can local authorities take advantage of the growing demand for public EV charging.

Could key infrastructure at risk if PFI contract expiry isn’t taken seriously?


Andrew Hirst warns the process and complexity for returning PFI contracts back to local authorities is being ‘vastly underestimated’.

Green gatekeepers: How local authorities are creating sustainable cities


Steve McIntyre outlines how local authorities are leading the green charge to welcome nature back into cities.

Top local authorities for boosting public charging provision named in new research


Welwyn Hatfield in Hertfordshire is the best performing local authority in terms of recording the highest percentage growth in public charging provision per 100,000 people, according to new research.

The North needs 470 electric charge points per week by 2025, new analysis reveals


Up to 470 electric vehicle charge points per week must be installed across the North by 2030 to meet decarbonisation ambitions, a new report has said.

The place principle


Chris Malcolm discusses how a holistic, people-centric vision can achieve better results across publicly funded projects.

Councils set to double number of EV chargers


Local authorities are set to double the number of electric vehicle charging points they install over the next year, according to new data released today.

Balfour Beatty appointed as sole contractor to £4bn framework


International infrastructure group Balfour Beatty has been appointed as the sole contractor to two SCAPE civil engineering frameworks worth a total of £4bn.

Cost to use public charge points up over 40%


The cost to charge an electric car on a pay-as-you-go basis at a publicly accessible ‘rapid’ charger has increased by 42%, the RAC reports.

Mini-Budget: Chancellor promises to accelerate infrastructure schemes


Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng has pledged to accelerate a long list of infrastructure projects and raised the prospect of planning and regulatory reform.

Majority of EV drivers ‘dissatisfied’ with charging infrastructure


Three-quarters of electric vehicle owners say that they are dissatisfied with the charging infrastructure available, new research has revealed.

Councils to decide on infrastructure levy spending


Councils will have more freedom on spending funds from the infrastructure levy under a Government amendment to the Levelling Up Bill.

The future of EV charging in Wales: Making experience count


Anne Buckingham explains how SWARCO Smart Charging is helping councils across Wales install the right infrastructure.

Levelling up little more than a ‘slogan’, MPs say


MPs have criticised the Government’s flagship levelling up Bill for a lack of clarity and funding commitments.

Nine councils set to benefit from £20m EV charge point pilot


A multi-million-pound electric vehicle (EV) charge point pilot looks set to deliver an estimated 1,000 new chargers across the country.

Leeds council opens new £126m route


Councillors in Leeds have put a green spin on the new £126m East Leeds Orbital Route (ELOR), which is now open to traffic.

£161m Oxford station revamp gets green light


Ministers have confirmed a further £78.6m for Network Rail to support the redevelopment of Oxford rail station and rail lines in the area.

Grimsby welcomes £8m infrastructure boost


The leader of North East Lincolnshire Council has welcomed an £8m boost to help repair vital bridges connecting Grimsby and Immingham.

Oxfordshire councils abandon joint housing plan


The five local planning authorities in Oxfordshire who have been working together on a joint plan for 2050 have announced they will go their separate ways.

Government needs ‘cohesive strategy’ to help council EV roll-out


Only 14% of local authorities in the UK have a dedicated resource for implementing a new electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure, EV charging experts warn.

Overheating roads 'a challenge for councils'


Highway authorities will struggle to future-proof their assets as climate change leads to higher road surface temperatures, despite improvements in the performance of materials, a key sector figure has warned.

Partners come together to make sure nobody is left behind in the digital world


Cllr Glynis Phillips explains how councils and partners in Oxfordshire have been supporting significant parts of the population who’ve been left behind in the digital revolution.

New £12 million funding pot for local authorities to help unlock aerospace innovation


A £273m funding package to advance low-carbon aerospace innovation, economic growth and jobs has been unveiled by the Government today.

Historic docklands to receive £233m of infrastructure funding


The Government today pledged £233m of infrastructure funding to drive the regeneration of one of the largest brownfield sites in London’s historic docklands.

Sizewell C and NSIPs through a local lens


Cllr Richard Rout, Suffolk County Council, looks at Sizewell C and Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) from a local perspective.

West Sussex set to welcome largest-ever EV charger roll-out


Local authorities in West Sussex are celebrating the largest-ever local authority roll-out of electric vehicle (EV) charging points in the UK.

Electric vehicle plug-in grant comes to an end


The Government is today closing the plug-in grant for cars and says the focus will now be on expanding the public charge point network.

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