Queen's speech 2014 - planning

Queen's speech 2014 - planning

How do the announcements in the Queen's speech propose to 'bolster investment in infrastructure and reform planning law to improve economic competitiveness'?

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Queen's Speech 2014: Infrastructure Bill, LNB News 04/06/2014 105 The government has announced plans to introduce legislation to increase investment in infrastructure through long-term, stable funding and deliver more transparency and efficiency to the planning process. Provisions in the Infrastructure Bill will also transfer statutory responsibility for local land charges to charges register and delivery of local land charges searches to the Land Registry, and extend its powers to allow to information and register services relating to land and other property.

What are the planning-related purposes of the Bill?

The Bill aims to:

  • bolster investment in infrastructure by allowing stable long term funding, deliver better value for money and relieve unnecessary administrative burdens
  • increase transparency of information provision, and
  • improve planning processes by 'allowing us to get Britain building for our future and compete in the global race'

What planning benefits does it hope to achieve?

Key benefits hoped to be delivered by the Bill include:

  • directing funding to where it is most needed to deliver better economic outcomes, creating the right conditions for sustainable growth
  • creating jobs and improving economic competitiveness across areas of transport, energy provision, housing development and nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs)
  • speeding up the pace of delivery in key areas of infrastructure developments, while safeguarding the need for communities to be involved

 What are the key provisions?

Planning proposals in the Bill include:

Roads

  • turning the Highways Agency into a government-owned company, with 'stable, long term funding needed to plan ahead'
  • creating units within Passenger Focus and the

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About the author:

Jen is a solicitor specialising in planning law. She has experience in relation to a range of planning topics, including environmental impact assessment, section 106 agreements, highways orders, compulsory purchase, freedom of information issues, inquiries, judicial review, the Localism Act 2011, the National Planning Policy Framework and major infrastructure projects. After qualifying at Ashurst, Jen worked at Bevan Brittan and subsequently at CMS Cameron McKenna as an associate in the planning team. She worked as an external author for LexisPSL before joining the team in November 2010. She has written for a variety of legal publications, including the New Law Journal, Utilities Week, Planning Resource and The Lawyer. Jen regularly appears on Talking Law videocasts providing legal updates on planning law.