New Planning Act makes the statute book
The Government's new consent regime for
major schemes like power stations, airports and reservoirs has
now been formally established following Royal Assent for its
latest planning legislation.
Under the Planning Act 2008 ministers will create a new
body, the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC), which will
determine nationally significant projects. The Act will give
legal force to a new unified consents regime and a new
requirement for a suite of National Policy Statements (NPSs)
setting out government planning policy in such areas as nuclear
development and airport expansion.
The new legislation also gives ministers powers to bring in
a new tax, the Community Infrastructure Levy, and makes a
number of changes to existing development control and
development plan arrangements.
Communities Secretary Hazel Blears said: "In the future now
that the Planning Bill has been given Royal Assent we can begin
to create the faster, fairer planning system we need to reduce
our fossil fuel addiction and build up a new generation of
renewable energy infrastructure sources like wind power. Many
low carbon power sources will now get faster approval, and the
country could save £300m a year."
Planning Bill minister John Healey said: "During these tough
economic times a quick, predictable and fair planning service
that can deliver new renewable energy supplies, public
transport and clean water is vital. The new Planning Act 2008
will bring about real culture change for deciding the future
needs of our national infrastructure. Importantly it will also
give the public three chances to get their views on proposals
across instead of one."
In the New Year the Government will set out a timetable for
setting up the IPC and consult on the detailed regulations and
NPSs required to implement the new system.
Scrutiny of the first NPSs in draft form is expected to
begin in the summer of 2009 with the first tranche designated
Read the Communities and Local Government
27 November 2008
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