Last edited 13 Jul 2015

Infrastructure bill

NB On 12 February 2015, the new Infrastructure Act became law.

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[edit] Introduction

Details of a new Infrastructure Bill were published by the Department for Transport on 6 April 2014. The Bill is intended to improve the funding, planning, transparency, management and maintenance UK infrastructure and to inject £2.6 billion into the economy over the next 10 years.

The Bill proposes measures relating to:

The proposals are set out below.

[edit] Roads

[edit] Invasive non-native species

  • Protecting infrastructure from invasive plants and animals by the creation of new powers (Species Control Orders) to control invasive, non-native species.

[edit] Nationally significant infrastructure projects

  • Streamlining and simplifying measures in the Planning Act 2008 for processing minor changes to permissions for major projects and simplifying the process for more significant changes.
  • Allowing the examining authority to comprise 2 inspectors to be appointed immediately after an application has been accepted.

[edit] Deemed discharge for certain planning conditions

[edit] Public sector land assets

[edit] Land Registry

[edit] Energy

There was some criticism of the proposed Bill, in particular in relation to its impact on ‘fracking’ and the exemption of small sites from the requirements for zero-carbon homes, which is seen to create a significant loophole.

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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