Last edited 13 Jul 2015

Infrastructure act

On 12 February 2015, the new Infrastructure Act became law. It introduced new measures intended '...to make it easier, quicker and simpler to get Britain building’.

The act will:

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “This act will hugely boost Britain’s competitiveness in transport, energy provision, housing development and nationally significant infrastructure projects…. A key part of this act will be the creation of Highways England, which will for the first time use long-term sustained funding to deliver the government’s roads investment strategy, worth £15 billion, to deliver more than 100 schemes between now and the end of the next Parliament.”

The act was published by the Department for Transport on behalf of the Land Registry, the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Department for Communities and Local Government.

NB on 10 July 2015, the government published ‘Fixing the foundations: creating a more prosperous nation’ a government plan for increasing Britain’s productivity. Amongst a great number of wide-ranging changes, the report states, 'The government does not intend to proceed with the zero carbon Allowable Solutions carbon offsetting scheme, or the proposed 2016 increase in on-site energy efficiency standards, but will keep energy efficiency standards under review, recognising that existing measures to increase energy efficiency of new buildings should be allowed time to become established.'

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A correction is needed regarding the Land Registry proposal to provide a Local Land Charges service. Land Registry are proposing to provide the LLC1 part of the Local Search only. They have abondoned plans to provide the Con29 part. Land Registry have conceded in an impact assesment available on their website that turnaround times could actually increase for Local Searches and fees will not be standardised for a Local Search.
Local Authorites will continue to provide Con29 at their own fee and timeframe.