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Planning Act 2008

Type of Bill:
Government Bill
Hazel Blears
Department for Communities and Local Government
Baroness Andrews
Communities and Local Government

Progress of the Bill

Bill started in the House of Commons

  1. House of Commons
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  2. House of Lords
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  3. Consideration of Amendments
  4. Royal Assent

Last event

Act of Parliament

House Act Date
Commons Commons Reasons for disagreeing to certain Lords Amendments - html version 25.11.2008

Summary of the Planning Act 2008

Planning Bill

The Bill introduces a new system for approving major infrastructure of national importance, such as harbours and waste facilities, and replaces current regimes under several pieces of legislation. The objective is to streamline these decisions and avoid long public inquiries.

Key areas

  • Decisions would be taken by a new Infrastructure Planning Commission 
  • Decisions would be based on new national policy statements
  • The hearing and decision-making process by the Commission would be timetabled
  • The new regime would be used for energy developments like nuclear power
  • The Secretary of State would no longer have the final say on major infrastructure decisions
  • There would be a new Community Infrastructure Levy on developments to finance infrastructure. The idea of this would be to raise money from developers to pay for facilities needed as a consequence of new developments, such as schools, hospitals and sewage plants.
  • Planning appeals for minor developments would be heard by a panel of local councillors rather than by a planning inspector.

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