A Treasury consultation has been released that seeks views on the proposed governance, structure and operation of the National Infrastructure Commission.
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Guidance published today confirms the details of provisions which from next month will allow housing associated with major infrastructure projects to be considered as part of the fast-track nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP) regime, including a 500-home limit on the number of units that could be granted consent under the mechanism.
The government has laid regulations before Parliament that will next month bring into force provisions that will allow schemes of up to 500 homes associated with major infrastructure projects to be considered as part of the fast-track nationally significant infrastructure project regime.
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Recommendations put forward by the government's infrastructure adviser that are backed by ministers could be confirmed as 'planning policy', according to a framework published by the Treasury this week.
There may prove to be little appetite among both housebuilders and infrastructure promoters to make use of new powers allowing homes to be considered alongside major infrastructure projects under the fast-track Planning Act 2008 regime, experts say.
Last week's Budget contained no direct references to planning, but observers have predicted that one initiative buried in the small print of the chancellor's statement could boost efforts to secure infrastructure funding from new development.
From 6 April 2017, it will be possible to include up to 500 houses in an application for a nationally significant infrastructure project, or crucially, a business or commercial project using the same regime. Will this mark a step-change in the use of development consent orders (DCOs), or will it remain an intriguing possibility?
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Policy: High Speed Two: From Crewe to Manchester, the West Midlands to Leeds and beyond.
Policy: Charter for the National Infrastructure Commission.