Growing number of civil engineering schemes gain planning approval

08 February 2012

Posted by Michelle Devonshire

The UK has seen an increase in planning approvals for civil engineering projects, something that may boost the use of Eurocodes.

According to data published by property specialist Glenigan, there was a year-on-year decline of five per cent in the underlying value of all detailed planning approvals for projects worth less than £100 million over the quarter to November 2011.

However, the data for civil engineering showed signs of improvement, with a number of substantial projects worth £50 million-£100 million approved over the period in question, particularly within the railway and airport sectors.

The quarter saw several developments worth more than £100 million given the go-ahead, including a wind farm in Scotland.

In addition, Glenigan pointed to a number of very large private housing developments in London and the south of England that have recently gained approval, with construction work due to commence on the sites over the coming months.

Two cities that are poised to benefit from investment in civil engineering and construction projects are London and Liverpool.

The capital city will benefit from £3 billion in funding being provided by the Government for regeneration and housing across the Greater London Authority.

Unveiled by Eric Pickles, the Communities and Local Government Secretary, the money will be allocated by the Mayor of London under new powers aimed at decentralizing power from Whitehall and will be used to provide affordable homes and secure the future of the Olympic Park in the east of the city.

Meanwhile, in Liverpool, Communities and Local Government Minister, Greg Clark, has stated a new City Deal proposed by authorities from the north-west port has been approved by the Government.

A new Enterprise Zone will be designated that is aimed at encouraging growth and regeneration and the City Council will be able to retain business rates under the scheme to fund projects.

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