Statutory review abandoned after failure to serve applications on time

Reading Borough Council has embarrassingly had to abandon a statutory review against the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Michael Gove, after failing to serve its application to other parties in time. The council looks set to continue to challenge the housing project involved when detailed planning applications are made.

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Consultants want Department of Infrastructure after general election

The Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) has called on the new government to create a Department of Infrastructure to ensure that investment is strategic and prioritised.

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Government’s climate adaptation plan faces another judicial review next week

The High Court is to hear another claim for judicial review over the government’s climate change policies.

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Contractor fined £2.3 million following fatal accident

BAM Nuttall Ltd has been fined £2.345 million for health and safety breaches following the death of a boatman who drowned during work on weir gates on the River Aire.

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Construction leaders call for government to support productivity opportunity

The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has issued a ‘letter of advice’ to the Conservative and Labour parties detailing policies for the next government that it says would help the construction industry create economic growth, build much-needed new housing and deliver the UK’s infrastructure pipeline.

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Scaffolder death punished by large fine

Tata Chemicals Europe Limited has been fined £1.2 million after pleading guilty to safety breaches in 2016 that resulted in the death of a scaffolder.

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Long term railway investment strategy demanded

The Railway Industry Association (RIA) has called on the incoming UK government to produce a long term investment strategy for the UK network.

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Builders call for planning reform

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) has called for an ‘Ofsted’ style system for planning to be introduced by the next government in its general election submission.

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Transparency worries rise over growing use of frameworks

The value of government contracts awarded to the private sector via frameworks has tripled in the past four years but is raising transparency concerns, according to procurement data provider Tussell.

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New issue of Construction Law arrives with subscribers

The latest issue of Construction Law is arriving on subscriber’s desks, and our extensive range of in depth news and analysis of key developments is also available to read now on the journal’s website.

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