Infrastructure Act 2015: implications for planning and environmental law
The Infrastructure Bill received royal assent on 12 February and is now the Infrastructure Act 2015. The act will:
- give environmental authorities new powers to require landowners to take action on invasive non-native species or permit others to enter the land and carry out those operations (sections 23 to 25)
- make changes to the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) system, including simplifying procedures for making material and non-material changes to approved development consent orders and changes to the process for appointing examiners for NSIPs (sections 26-28)
- introduce 'deemed discharge' of planning conditions where a lasting power of attorney (LPA) has not notified the applicant of their decision within a certain time period (section 29)
- introduce 'mayoral development orders', which give the mayor of London power to grant planning permission for specific developments (section 30)
- allow Land Registry to create a digitised local land charges register (Part 5)
- allow 'fracking', subject to certain conditions (Part 6).
Secondary legislation relating to the provision of the act will be introduced later this year.
Read the full act