Published: Thursday, 31st March 2016
Last week the government’s newly established Infrastructure and Projects Authority published the UK’s first ever National Infrastructure Delivery Plan (NIDP).
This covers the five years up to 2021, the lifetime of the present Parliament.
The 113-page document brings together the government’s plans for the country’s economic infrastructure with those designed to support the delivery of housing and social infrastructure.
The NIDP provides an update on projects and programmes in a number of key economic infrastructure sectors including transport, energy, communications, flood defence, water and waste and science.
These are underpinned by the government’s commitment to invest over £100bn in infrastructure by 2020-21, together with significant investment by the private sector.
The Plan noted that since 2010 around 3,000 individual infrastructure projects have been completed across the UK including major new road improvements and local transport schemes, improvements to hundreds of rail stations and more than 20gigawatts of new electricity generating capacity. This is in addition to projects such as Crossrail and the Mersey Gateway Bridge that are now well underway.
The document has confirmed a major roads and rail investment package including £15bn to support Highways England in transforming the strategic road network with over 100 major schemes completed or in construction by the end of 2020-21, and supporting the largest rail modernisation since Victorian times, including getting High Speed 2 into construction, completing Crossrail, and giving the green light to Crossrail 2 as well as significant investment in projects in the Northern Powerhouse.
The plan highlights all the key Budget 2016 announcements on infrastructure including the increased flood defence and resilience funding package. It commits to double the housing budget from 2018-19 to deliver 400,000 new homes.
The Plan noted that over 100 councils are now charging Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) payments with a further 200 working towards that point.
And it confirms the government’s intention to change the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) regime to allow an element of up to 500 new homes within schemes requiring development consent orders.