EEF comments on the Government's decision to remove the National Infrastructure Commission from the Neighbourhood Planning Bill
Commenting on the move, Chris Richards, Senior Business Environment Policy Adviser at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, says: “The National Infrastructure Commission is widely supported by businesses who want to see an end to the prevarication that has plagued infrastructure decisions in the UK, most notably around whether or not to press ahead with a crucial new runway at Heathrow airport.
“The Government's decision to remove putting the National Infrastructure Commission on a statutory footing from the Planning Bill is therefore a worrying development. It signals the potential for further delay in assessing our future infrastructure requirements, which is also out of line with plans to develop an industrial strategy for the UK. If nothing else we need to be doing more now to improve infrastructure for business as we seek to create a more competitive economy post-Brexit.
“I hope the Government will move swiftly remove this uncertainty over the future of the National Infrastructure Commission and come forward with proposals on when and how it will put the Commission on a firm statutory footing to allow it to undertake its work and get spades in the ground.”