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Transport: Planning

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the effects of planning delays on major transport infrastructure projects since 1997. (258156)

The White Paper ‘Planning for a Sustainable Future’ published in May 2007, which took account of Sir Rod Eddington's advice to Government on the links between transport and the economy, set out the Government's assessment that the then planning system for nationally significant transport (and other) infrastructure was too slow and complicated. The impact assessment for the Planning Bill, now the Planning Act 2008, estimated net benefits worth some £23 million per annum for the aviation sector alone from the reformed system provided for by the Act.