The 2015 Manifestos and the Built Environment

The 2015 Manifestos and the Built Environment

In this series of five blog posts we look at what the 2015 Manifestos of the Conservatives; Labour; the Liberal Democrats; the Green Party; and UKIP have to say on the key Built Environment topics of:

  1. Infrastructure;
  2. Energy and the Environment;
  3. Housing;
  4. High Street; and
  5. Countryside.

You can navigate between the five topics using the blue dropdown menu at the top and bottom of each page.

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 Part 1/5: Infrastructure

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Invest a record £13 billion in transport for the North
Electrify the main rail routes.
Build the Northern Hub.
Upgrade the A1, M62, M1 and A555 link road.

The above is in addition to the £50 billion commitment to build High Speed 2 – the new North-South railway linking up London with the West Midlands, Leeds and Manchester – and develop High Speed 3 to join up the North.

Invest a record £5.2 billion in better transport to/from, the Midlands
Upgrade the M1 and M6.
Electrify the Midland Main Line from St Pancras to Sheffield.

Connect the East of England
Improve rail connections to East Anglia, delivering ‘Norwich in 90 minutes’ and ‘Ipswich in 60 minutes; and
Upgrade key roads like the A11 and A47.


An independent National Infrastructure Commission
Set up an independent National Infrastructure Commission to assess how best to meet Britain’s infrastructure needs.

Continue to support the construction of High Speed Two, but keep costs down, and take action to improve and expand rail links across the North to boost its regional economies.

Review the franchising process as a priority to put in place a new system and avoid a repeat of the Conservatives’ franchising fiasco. A new National

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About the author:

Melissa Moore is a dual qualified in England and Wales and South African lawyer and has 14 years’ experience in property practice in England. She has worked in local government and been a partner at a regional law firm and most recently an associate director at Berwin Leighton Paisner which she joined in 2005. Melissa has wide experience in all areas of property law and specializes in commercial real estate development. She has experience in a number of sectors including hotel, leisure, offices, investment, industrial, motorway service stations and funding. She has worked on large scale strategic developments and government funding initiatives, town centre regeneration schemes and private mixed use developments both for public sector and private developers and investment funds. In 2013 she was ranked by Legal 500 as recommended for local government work.