04 June 2014 Queens Speech

Below are a few of the key highlights of today’s Queens speech;

  • An Infrastructure Bill will be introduced “bolster investment in infrastructure and reform planning law to improve economic competitiveness”. The Bill will bring forward reforms to the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) planning regime
  • Deemed discharge for certain planning conditions – The Bill would allow certain types of planning conditions to be discharged upon application if a local planning authority has not notified the developer of their decision within a prescribed time period, reducing unnecessary delay and costs.
  • Permit land to be transferred directly from arms-length bodies to housing and regeneration quango the Homes and Communities Agency.
  • Ensure that future purchasers of land owned by the Homes and Communities Agency and the Greater London Authority will be able to develop and use land without being affected by easements and other rights and restrictions suspended by the agency.
  • Amend secondary legislation to “further reform change of use rules to make it easier for empty and redundant buildings to be converted into productive use, supporting brownfield regeneration and increase the supply of new homes”.
  • Secondary legalisation to “allow for a locally supported garden city to be built in Ebbsfleet, backed by an urban development corporation……………………………………….…………………………..and if you are interested in the debate over Garden Cities, I suggest you look at the shortlisted entries and other entries for the Policy Exchange Wolfson Economic Prize 2014.

http://www.policyexchange.org.uk/wolfsonprize/item/wolfson-economics-prize-2014