Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

MPs vote for airport exemptions for Planning Act

MPs today voted to introduce a new Bill that could open the door to exempt airport expansion from the Planning Act.

Today MPs voted to allow Liberal Democrat MP Susan Kramer to introduce her Bill, which would take airport expansion outside the Planning Act.

MPs approved her ‘10 minute Bill’ by a majority of 243 to 203.

A full Bill may now be introduced to the Commons which, if passed, would ensure airport expansion received parliamentary approval, and not rely on the independent Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC).

The Conservatives have already pledged to scrap the IPC.

Under the Planning Act, the Government sets out National Policy Statements (NPS), detailing national infrastructure priorities for the country in areas such as energy, aviation, road and rail transport, water and waste.

The NPSs must then be approved by parliament.

However, whether individual projects go ahead will then be taken independently by the IPC.

Kramer’s new Bill, if passed, could open the door to make exceptions for airport expansion, and require Parliament to give final approval.

With expansion at Heathrow airport dividing opinion, this could introduce more opportunities for any expansion to go ahead.

AIRPORT EXPANSION (PARLIAMENTARY APPROVAL) BILL:

  • That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the Planning Act 2008 to require Parliamentary approval for proposals for the building of new major airports and additional runways at existing major airports; and for connected purposes. 

The Bill will now move to a second reading, but will require considerable support from rebel Labour MPs if it is to become law.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.

Related Jobs