Richard Threlfall, UK Head of Infrastructure at KPMG, comments on the publication of the Neighbourhood Planning Bill without the expected clauses to establish the National Infrastructure Commission as a statutory body:
“I am dismayed at the Government’s decision not to press ahead with plans to create the National Infrastructure Commission as a statutory body.
“Infrastructure planning in this country has been bedevilled for years by political short-termism and inconsistency.
“The whole point of the National Infrastructure Commission is to provide long-term stability to the UK’s infrastructure planning. If it is not established in statute then its very existence will be constantly under threat from political whim.
“It is deeply ironic that legislation which would have put infrastructure planning at arms-length from politics has been frustrated by political turmoil
“It is a complete u-turn and has taken the infrastructure community by surprise. Everyone is asking what does this now mean.
“The Government needs urgently to clarify how it now proposes to follow through on its own promises to embrace long-term and evidence-based infrastructure planning and restore confidence in the infrastructure community that it remains committed to that objective.”
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