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Infrastructure Planning Commission: Public Appointments

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) when she plans to announce the names of members of the Infrastructure Planning Commission; (204183)

(2) when she expects the Infrastructure Planning Commission to commence operation.

Subject to gaining parliamentary approval for the necessary primary legislation, we expect the first appointments to the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) to be made in spring 2009 with the IPC ready to advice applicants later the same year. We expect the IPC to begin determining applications in 2010 and we will be consulting with potential applicants about the appropriate length of time between national policy statements, regulations and guidance being issued and the new regime coming into effect.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consideration she will give to expertise in (a) air quality and (b) noise pollution in planning decisions relating to road or aviation infrastructure when making appointments to the Infrastructure Planning Commission. (204187)

The White Paper “Planning for a Sustainable Future” stated that commissioners would be appointed from a wide range of fields such as national and local government, community engagement, planning, law, engineering, economics, business, security, environment, heritage and health, as well as, if necessary, specialist technical expertise related to a particular sector.