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Planning Act 2008

Government Bill

Originated in the House of Commons, Session 2007-08

Last updated: 23 February 2009 at 12:45

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Long title

A Bill to establish the Infrastructure Planning Commission and make provision about its functions; to make provision about, and about matters ancillary to, the authorisation of projects for the development of nationally significant infrastructure; to make provision about town and country planning; to make provision about the imposition of a Community Infrastructure Levy; and for connected purposes.


Planning Bill

The Bill introduces a new system for approving major infrastructure of national importance, such as harbours and waste facilities, and replaces current regimes under several pieces of legislation. The objective is to streamline these decisions and avoid long public inquiries.

Key areas

  • Decisions would be taken by a new Infrastructure Planning Commission
  • Decisions would be based on new national policy statements
  • The hearing and decision-making process by the Commission would be timetabled
  • The new regime would be used for energy developments like nuclear power
  • The Secretary of State would no longer have the final say on major infrastructure decisions
  • There would be a new Community Infrastructure Levy on developments to finance infrastructure. The idea of this would be to raise money from developers to pay for facilities needed as a consequence of new developments, such as schools, hospitals and sewage plants.
  • Planning appeals for minor developments would be heard by a panel of local councillors rather than by a planning inspector.

Sponsoring departments

Department for Communities and Local Government
Hazel Blears
Labour, Salford
Department for Communities and Local Government
Baroness Andrews
Labour, Life peer

Current version of the Bill

Commons Reasons for disagreeing to certain Lords Amendments - html version
25 November 2008

Bill passage

Bill started in the House of Commons
1st reading
2nd reading
Committee stage
Report stage
3rd reading
Bill in the House of Lords
1st reading
2nd reading
Committee stage
Report stage
3rd reading
Final stages
Consideration of amendments
Royal Assent
In progress
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