The National Infrastructure Commission
The National Infrastructure Commission

The following Planning guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • The National Infrastructure Commission
  • Role of the National Infrastructure Commission
  • Status and operation of the NIC
  • Balance of responsibility between the government and the NIC
  • National Infrastructure Assessment
  • Specific studies
  • International best practice
  • Urgent government priorities
  • Welsh NIC

Role of the National Infrastructure Commission

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) was set up on an interim basis on 5 October 2015 to 'look at the UK’s future needs for nationally significant infrastructure, help to maintain UK’s competitiveness amongst the G20 nations and provide greater certainty for investors by taking a long term approach to the major investment decisions facing the country'. See News Analysis: Trains, planes and automobiles—the birth of the National Infrastructure Commission.

The NIC is now a permanent body which provides the government with impartial, expert advice on major long-term infrastructure challenges. A Charter, published on 12 October 2016, sets out the NIC’s purpose and its principal outputs, accountabilities and duties and the balance of responsibility between the government and the NIC.

The Charter states that the NIC's objectives are to:

  1. support sustainable economic growth across all regions of the UK

  2. improve competitiveness

  3. improve quality of life

It will do this by:

  1. assessing national infrastructure needs, carrying out in-depth studies into the UK’s most pressing infrastructure challenges, and making recommendations to the government

  2. monitoring the government’s progress in delivering infrastructure projects and programmes recommended by the NIC

The Charter states that the government will provide the NIC with clear guidance by issuing a public remit letter. This will include a binding fiscal remit to ensure that the NIC’s recommendations would