Further planning changes highlighted in the Queen’s Speech

The Queen’s Speech was delivered to both Houses of Parliament on 4 June, outlining the intended legislative programme for the 2014–15 session and the various bills to be introduced by the government before the next general election in May 2015. The speech highlights a number of changes promised by the coalition administration, which further affect the current planning regime and bring implications for those with responsibility for developments of all shapes and sizes.

Announcing an Infrastructure Bill, the Queen stated: ‘My government will introduce a bill to bolster investment in infrastructure and reform planning law to improve economic competitiveness. The bill will enhance the UK’s energy independence and security by opening up access to shale and geothermal sites and maximising North Sea resources. Legislation will allow for the creation of an allowable solutions scheme to enable all new homes to be built to a zero-carbon standard and will guarantee long-term investment in the road network.’

But what will this bring in practice? The Infrastructure Bill is wide ranging in scope, reflecting its underlying aim of supporting investment in infrastructure, improving funding options and streamlining administrative processes…

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