Govt gears up for infra push

3 September 2012 Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne will put infrastructure at the heart of their plans for growth as they return to Parliament.
With the economy continuing to struggle and growing calls for ministers to deliver a growth strategy, the government is planning changes to the planning regime and legislation to put its UK Guarantees scheme into effect.

Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, Osborne admitted the government must “up the tempo of development and activity in this country”.

“You will see in the next couple of weeks legislation to speed up the process of development,” he continued, referring to the proposals to underwrite up to £40bn of private finance in public infrastructure projects.

He also signalled proposals to shake-up the planning system, allowing councils to build on Green Belt land provided they “swap” it with another portion of similar land.

Osborne pledged to cut the time it takes to negotiate the planning system. “I am as frustrated as anyone that it takes so long to get a road built in this country, so long to do the rail improvements we want to see,” he added.

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22 October 2014.

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