The purpose of the Bill is to bolster investment in infrastructure by allowing stable long-term funding, delivering better value for money and relieving unnecessary administrative pressures. The Bill would increase transparency of information provision and improve planning processes, allowing us to get Britain building for our future and compete in the global race.
Invasive non-native species
The Bill would allow for Species Control Orders to control the invasive, non-native species that pose serious threats to biodiversity, the water environment and infrastructure.
Nationally significant infrastructure projects
The Bill would:
- simplify the process for making changes to Development Consent Orders (DCO) by speeding up non-material changes to aDCO, and allowing simplified processes for material changes
- allow the Examining Authority to be appointed immediately after an application has been accepted and for the panel to comprise 2 inspectors, speeding up the process and saving money
Deemed discharge for certain planning conditions
The Bill would allow certain types of planning conditions to be discharged upon application if a local planning authority has not notified the developer of their decision within a prescribed time period, reducing unnecessary delay and costs.
The Bill would transfer statutory responsibility for the local land charges register and delivery of local land charges searches to the Land Registry, supporting the delivery of digital services, and extend Land Registry’s powers to enable it to provide information and register services relating to land and other property.
The Bill would enable the Secretary of State to give communities the right to buy a stake in their local renewable electricity scheme so that they can gain a greater share in the associated financial benefits.
Subject to consultation, this Bill would support the development of gas and oil from shale and geothermal energy by clarifying and streamlining the underground access regime. The government is currently running a full consultation on this policy and the legislation is entirely dependent on the outcome of that consultation.
Sir Ian Wood’s independent report estimates that full and rapid implementation will deliver at least 3 to 4 billion barrels of oil equivalent more than would otherwise be recovered over the next 20 years, bringing over £200 billion additional value to the UK economy. The government accepted Wood’s recommendations in full in February 2014, and is introducing measures in this Bill to put the principle of maximising economic recovery of petroleum in the UK into statute.
The government will also introduce a levy, making power so that the costs of funding a larger, better resourced regulator can be paid for by industry rather than by the taxpayer as is currently the case.