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Institution to advise on infrastructure body

The ICE has been invited to help set the parameters for new government advisory body, Infrastructure UK, which is due to be fully implemented next year.

The establishment of Infrastructure UK was announced in June as a key goal for the government in 2010 (NCE 2 July). It will be responsible for identifying the UK’s long-term infrastructure needs up to 50 years into the future, taking into account existing plans and the interdependent nature of significant infrastructure such as transport and energy networks.

The ICE has been consulted to help the government establish more specific terms of reference for the body.

“We need high-quality infrastructure and long-term planning is essential to ensure it is maintained and protected.”

Andrew Crudgington, ICE

Head of policy Andrew Crudgington said: “If the UK is to fully benefit from the economic recovery and remain globally competitive we will need high-quality infrastructure and long-term planning is essential to ensure it is maintained and protected.

“We hope that this is where Infrastructure UK will be instrumental, setting out the strategic needs for the nation’s services and utilities going forward and providing a clear long-term vision for how to meet them.”

Defining the remit

ICE will be working closely with the government to define the remit of Infrastructure UK and how it will work alongside existing planning bodies, such as the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) and the National Policy Statements.

“There needs to be a clear, strategic identification of national needs backed up by a supportive planning system and secure funding to create the stable conditions in which industry can deliver the new and upgraded infrastructure we will need,” said Crudgington. “We believe Infrastructure UK could have a vital role in achieving this,” he added.

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