The government has started consulting on the roll-out of the Infrastructure Planning Committee (IPC) which will decide which major infrastructure project to fast track throught he planning process.
Projects prioritised by the IPC will not be taken by either a planning inquiry or act of parliament, but by the independent IPC.
Parliament will first decide upon a series of National Policy Statements, which will set-out priorities in a number of areas, such as energy or transport.
The IPC will then consider submissions and will decide which schemes best fit the country’s needs.
“We plan to establish the IPC as a legal body so that it is able to start advising potential applicants from autumn 2009 and be ready to receive applications in the first half of 2010,” says the consultation document.
“We plan to “switch on” the regime for different sectors on a phased basis. We are discussing with potential promoters and other interest groups the appropriate lead-in time of the new system for each sector.”
Sir Michael Pitt was last week confirmed as the preferred choice to chair the IPC.