IPC's Pitt to become Planning Inspectorate chief

The Government has announced that Sir Michael Pitt, currently chair of the soon-to-be axed fast-track planning body the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC), is to become chief executive of the Planning Inspectorate.

Sir Michael Pitt
Sir Michael Pitt

Pitt will take over the post when Katrine Sporle, the Inspectorate’s current chief executive, retires at the end of March and will divide his time equally between both organisations. He will become the full time chief executive of the inspectorate following the closure of the IPC after the Localism Bill receives Royal Assent.

Plans within the bill will see the IPC merged with the inspectorate to create a new Major Infrastructure Planning Unit within it.

Decisions on major infrastructure projects will be taken by the secretary of state rather than IPC commissioners, who will be retained as part of the new unit until September 2014.

Decentralisation minister Greg Clark said: "The new leadership arrangements being brought in with Sir Michael Pitt at the helm and the retention of the commissioners will ensure a smooth transition to restoring democratic accountability to major infrastructure planning decisions, while maintaining the expertise, stability and speed of the current system.

"Developers can rest assured it will be business as usual during the transition with no unnecessary delays."

Pitt will take on his new role on 1 April 2011 on a fixed term contract until 30 April 2014. 

michael.donnelly@haymarket.com


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