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How would the Infrastructure Bill affect the construction industry?

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Published on LexisPSL on 01/08/2014

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The Infrastructure Bill

The coalition government's proposed Infrastructure Bill is intended to improve funding, planning management and maintenance of national infrastructure. The government believes that the Bill, if enacted, will boost the economy by £2.6 billion over ten years.

The Bill and related information is available on the Parliament website. The Bill had its first reading in the House of Lords on 5 June 2014. The government intends to bring the Infrastructure Bill into law before the general election in 2015 (and this will affect several pieces of existing legislation). However, as some of the Bill's proposed elements (particularly in relation to fracking) are controversial it may not be possible to enact the entire Bill before the general election.

How would the Infrastructure Bill affect the construction industry?

The Infrastructure Bill covers various subjects (including control of invasive non-native species, the right for communities to buy into renewable energy generation and, subject to consultation, will cover shale gas exploitation) but those which, if enacted, would have the most significant impact on the construction industry are:

  1. simplifying the planning process for major i

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