New planning commission launched

New planning commission launched

Eight former planning systems are being replaced by a single process, cutting the time taken to make decisions from up to seven years to under a year and potentially saving the country up to £300m a year.
Projects currently under consideration include five wind farms, a biomass plant, two National Grid programmes and two nuclear plants.
Sir Michael Pitt, chairman of the IPC, said: “There is overwhelming support for a more efficient regime to enable us to meet the challenges of climate change, as well as safeguarding economic prosperity and our quality of life.
“For the IPC to succeed in its decision-making role and build confidence across all sectors, we will at all times remain firmly independent, impartial and inclusive.”
Significant proposals for new nuclear power plants at Hinkley Point in Somerset and Sizewell in Suffolk are part of the recently revealed project list that also contains five major windfarms, four of which are in Wales.
To see a full list of projects click here.

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