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Three commissioners appointed to IPC

Jan Bessell, Glyn Roberts and Paul Hudson have been appointed as commissioners of the newly established Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC).

The three have been appointed: “to ensure that the IPC effectively carries out its functions as set out in the Planning Act 2008,” according to a government release issued today.

The IPC is designed to streamline the planning process for major infrastructure projects such as large wind farms, power stations and railways to under a year, and hopes to save some £300M per year by reducing delays.

IPC Chair Sir Michael Pitt, said: “Jan, Glyn and Paul bring with them a wealth of planning and development experience and expertise. Their appointments further strengthens the IPC team, ensuring that we are equipped to deliver to the highest standards from day one.”

From October the IPC will be advising promoters and other interested parties on the new process. Applications from the energy and transport sectors will be received from 1 March 2010 and it is expected that the IPC will carry out its first examinations over the following summer.

Two Deputy Chairs, Dr Pauleen Lane, CBE (an elected member of Trafford MBC, a Board Member of the Coal Authority and a member of the Tenants Services Authority) and Robert Upton, CBE (currently Secretary-General of the Royal Town Planning Institute) have been confirmed in post following their endorsement by the CLG Select Committee. All appointments followed a rigorous selection process, validated by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

The new appointments:

  • Jan Bessell is Head of Town and Country Planning and a Partner (equivalent) with law firm Dickinson Dees LLP. She is a Member of the General Assembly and Planning Policy and Practice Committee of the RTPI Nationally, RTPI North East Regional Management Board, Regional Activity and Policy Committee and Planning Aid Steering Group and Planning Aid Volunteer, Practitioner Member of the Partnership Board of Newcastle University. She previously worked as a Planner progressing to Partner at Anthony Walker and Partners, Planner British Coal Corporation Opencast Executive NE Region and Planner British Coal Corporation Operational Research Executive HQ. Jan holds no other public appointments.
  • Glyn Roberts is currently Director of Technical Services for the North Staffordshire Regeneration Partnership. He was previously Development Director, RENEW North Staffordshire, Technical Director Scott Wilson, Principal RP3 Consulting, Director North Liverpool Partnership, Chief Planner for Central Manchester Development Corporation. Glyn holds no other public appointments
  • Paul Hudson is Director of Thames Gateway in the Homes and Communities Agency on secondment from DCLG where he was Director of Delivery. He was formerly Chief Planner at DCLG and prior to that he worked as Executive Director of Development and Infrastructure with the South East of England Development Agency, Chief Executive of Locate in Kent, City Technical Director with Rochester upon Medway City Council, Divisional Director Travers Morgan Consulting Group and Assistant Director of Economic Development at Kent County Council. Paul has no other public appointments.

The Deputy Chair appointments will require a time commitment of 3 - 5 days per week for an annual remuneration of £125,000 full time pro rata.

The Commissioner appointments will require a time commitment of 3-5 days per week for an annual remuneration of £100,000 pro rata.


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