This briefing note provides further information on the nationally significant infrastructure planning clause of the Housing and Planning Bill as introduced in the House of Commons on 13 October 2015.
The clause fulfils the commitment made in the government’s productivity plan “Fixing the foundations: creating a more prosperous nation” to legislate to allow an element of housing to be consented when development consent is granted for a nationally significant infrastructure project under the Planning Act 2008.
The legislation being brought forward will enable housing which is related to the infrastructure to be consented as part of a development consent order for a nationally significant infrastructure project. In order to provide flexibility, the government is proposing that further details on the circumstances where housing will be acceptable and the amount and type of housing that would be allowable should be set out in guidance rather than primary legislation. This briefing note therefore includes a draft guidance note. A final version of this, revised as necessary, will be published if the clause receives Royal Assent.