The government’s Infrastructure and Projects Authority have recently released the first ever UK National Infrastructure Delivery Plan (NIDP).
This will be covering the next 5 years to 2021. The record (113 pages) brings to light the government’s strategies on the economic infrastructure, with those designed to support the delivery of housing and social infrastructure.
This record offers updates on projects and programmes in a variety of key economic infrastructure sectors such as:
- • Science
- • Flood defence
- • Energy
- • Communications
- • Water
- • Waste
- • Transport
The points above are reinforced by the government’s assurance that by 2020-21 they will invest more than £100 billion in infrastructure, as well as a large amount also invested into the private sector.
Included in the plan was information disclosing that since 2010 roughly 3000 individual developments have been accomplished.
Included in these 3000 are:
• “Drastic new road improvements”
• “Local transport schemes”
• “Improvements to hundreds of rail stations”
• “20gigawatts of new electricity generating capacity”
The above are on top of other projects that are already being completed for example Crossrail and the Mersey Gateway Bridge.
The document contains evidence of a major roads and rail investment package which includes:
• “£15 billion to support Highways England in transforming the strategic road network”
• “Over 100 major schemes completed or in construction by the end of 2020-21”
• “Supporting the largest rail modernisation since Victorian times”
• “Getting High Speed 2 into construction”
• “Completing Crossrail”
• “Giving the green light to Crossrail 2”
• “Significant investment in projects in the Northern Powerhouse”
Bought to light in the plan were all the key budget announcements on infrastructure from 2016, including in increasing of flood defences and resilience funding package. It aims to develop 400,000 new dwelling by pledging to double the housing budget from 2018 to 2019.
Noted in the plan is that there is now a charge for Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) that over 100 councils have implemented. There are another 200 working towards this. This confirms that the government did in fact intend to change the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) regime in order to develop 500 new dwelling within the scheme.
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