Richard Threlfall, Partner and UK Head of Infrastructure, Building and Construction at KPMG, comments on the further detail of the Infrastructure Commission put forward by Sir John Armitt today.
“The single biggest challenge facing our country is its need to sustain economic growth in a fiercely competitive global economy in the coming decades. To do that we must invest continuously in our infrastructure – our energy, transport and water networks, in our cities, schools, hospitals and housing. Importantly, to do this without wasting time and money, we need an investment plan focussed on ensuring that every pound we spend drives the most economic growth for UK PLC. That is why the proposed Infrastructure Commission put forward by Sir John Armitt is so essential.
“I welcome the publication today of the draft bill for the Infrastructure Commission and the timeline for it becoming a reality. Inevitably, it will take time to pass the legislation, establish the Commission, and develop a first plan, and some will say it is all too slow. We would all like it to be quicker, but successive Governments have failed to plan in this way for more than 50 years. We need to do the job properly and that cannot be done overnight.
“I particularly welcome the inclusion of large housing developments in the Commission’s remit. Infrastructure supports and enables the development of communities and it is only right that they should be considered together. Including major developments in the remit of the Commission would help deliver two of the key recommendations of the recent KPMG – Shelter report “Building the Homes we Needs”, which called for more Garden Cities and integration of planning for infrastructure and new homes.
“Planning for the future of our country is not a “nice to have” and KPMG calls on all our main political parties to confirm in their manifestos that they will bring forward legislation to create an Infrastructure Commission as Sir John Armitt has proposed.”
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