House of Commons Library Research Paper on the Infrastructure Bill

This paper has been prepared for House of Commons Second Reading of the Infrastructure Bill, scheduled for 8 December 2014. It was initially published in the House of Lords and completed its Parliamentary stages there on 19 November 2014.

This paper has been prepared for House of Commons Second Reading of the Infrastructure Bill, scheduled for 8 December 2014. It was initially published in the House of Lords and completed its Parliamentary stages there on 19 November 2014.

This is a ‘portmanteau’ bill, covering a number of separate but related areas. It provides for:

  • a new Strategic Highways Company, a Road Investment Strategy and a new monitor and watchdog for the company;
  • a new regime for the control of invasive species and species that are no longer normally present;
  • changes to planning law affecting development consent orders for nationally significant infrastructure projects and discharging some types of planning conditions;
  • the direct transfer of surplus public sector land held by an arm’s length body of a Government department to the Homes and Communities Agency or Greater London Authority;
  • the transfer of responsibility for Local Land Charge searches from individual local authorities in England and Wales to the Land Registry;
  • the introduction of zero carbon homes, through building regulations;
  • an electricity community right to buy for onshore renewables;
  • a new strategic approach for the recovery of oil and gas reserves;
  • streamlined access to onshore oil and gas reserves (for example when fracking for shale gas) and geothermal energy; and
  • the implementation of the international agreement, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

Date: 04/12/2014 Date of publication

Author: House of Commons Library

DCP link: This item updates DCP section 3.114 and 4.411


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