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Contractors urge Ministers to back infrastructure plans with cash

Engineers have criticised the government's proposed reform of planning legislation this week for failing to underpin national infrastructure plans with hard financial commitment.
Communities secretary Ruth Kelly unveiled the Planning White Paper on Monday which proposed that all nationally significant projects will in future be reviewed and approved by a new Independent Planning Commission.Decisions on whether or not to grant approval will be based on how closely schemes match a new set of National Policy Statements. These will be produced by government departments to set out infrastructure needs over a 10 to 25 year period.The Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) feared the lack of financial commitment could undermine the plans.'Any national policy framework to underpin planning that sets out the UK's key infrastructure needs for the next 10-25 years must be backed up by a long-term, detailed programme for investment in Transport infrastructure and other keys areas such as energy,' said CECA director Rosemary Beales.She added that the market certainty this would bring would give contractors the ability invest long-term in technology, skills and resources to deliver key infrastructure.For more on this see tomorrow's NCE magazine.

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