First National Infrastructure Assessment to be published next month

The government's infrastructure adviser is set to publish the final version of its first long-term infrastructure assessment next month.

Infrastructure: final assessment by government agency published next month
Infrastructure: final assessment by government agency published next month

The National Infrastructure Commission's (NIC's) first National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA) aims to analyse the UK’s long-term infrastructure needs, outline a strategic vision over the next 30 years and set out recommendations for how the identified needs should be met. 

An NIC spokesman confirmed that the body was "working towards" the NIA being published on Tuesday July 10. 

A draft version of the document, the interim NIA , was published last October.

It said the NIC would, in preparing the final document, explore developing new ways to capture land value uplift and urged "some degree" of high-density development around infrastructure hubs in the green belt.

The document said that land value capture "may be able to play a role in ensuring a fairer distribution of the costs of infrastructure between general taxpayers and property owners who receive windfall gains".

The draft assessment also called for views on how section 106 and the Community Infrastructure Levy regimes could be improved to capture land and property value uplift efficiently and help fund infrastructure.

Elsewhere, it described housing as the "greatest infrastructure capacity challenge of all" and listed supporting housing delivery as one of seven priority areas to address in improving infrastructure delivery.

Planning and infrastructure lawyer Angus Walker, a partner at Bircham Dyson Bell and secretary of the National Infrastructure Planning Association, said he had key points of interest over the content of the final NIA.

This included whether the document would "seek to meet peak demand through more infrastructure" or would insteead "spread peak demand but build less", said Walker.

He also said he was interested in whether the NIA "genuinely contains priorities where one type or location of infrastructure is preferred over another, rather than just saying everything is needed".

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