England & Wales Economy and regeneration , Housing and planning

National Infrastructure Plan

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Summary

The National Infrastructure Plan 2013 brings together analysis of the UK’s infrastructure needs to 2020 across different sectors setting out the government’s approach to identifying and delivering that need.

Whilst many of the major investment decisions are made by government, the Plan contains specific projects in the localities of many local authorities and has broader implications in their responsibilities for housing and planning. It also covers the Government’s approach to encouraging local infrastructure and economic growth.

The Plan announces moves to treat planning conditions as approved where they have failed to discharge a condition on time together with making a Local Plan a statutory requirement.

The Government is also undertaking a review of the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Planning Regime with a focus on streamlining the process. Introducing a specialist Planning Court to tackle delays to infrastructure delivery which are taken to judicial review. It has also published for consultation a draft National Networks National Policy Statement.

This briefing will be of interest to cabinet portfolio members and officers with responsibilities for economic development, regeneration, housing and planning.

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