Infrastructure Bill

LGA briefing: Infrastructure Bill, Report Stage and Third Reading, House of Commons

26 January 2015

The LGA has briefed MPs ahead of Report Stage and Third Reading of the Infrastructure bill in the House of Commons.

  • The LGA welcomes new clause 17 on route strategies tabled by the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin MP. The LGA has been calling for an amendment of this type in its earlier lobbying on the Bill. It is now important to ensure that a strategic highways company will consult with local authorities on proposals for the management and development of highways ("a route strategy").
  • The LGA supports amendment 43, tabled by Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, Richard Burden MP and Tom Greatrex MP. This would require the roads network as a whole to be considered during the creation of a roads investment strategy. It is important that the impact of a strategy on the local roads network is considered, and this should be reflected in the Bill.
  • Clauses 30 and 31, which would enable responsibility for the local land charges service to be transferred to Land Registry, should be removed from the Bill. The LGA supports amendment 52, tabled by Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, Richard Burden MP and Tom Greatrex MP, which calls for clauses 30 to 32 to be removed.
  • Local authorities have a vital contribution to make in delivering local housing, and bringing land back into use. We are pleased that the Government has responded directly to LGA calls for the Bill to be extended to enable land held by central government and its agencies to be transferred to local authorities.

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Infrastructure bill, Report Stage and Third Reading, House of Commons (PDF, 3 pages)


LGA briefing: Infrastructure Bill, Committee Stage, House of Commons

13 January 2015

The LGA has briefed MPs ahead of the eighth and ninth sittings of the Public Bill committee on the Infrastructure bill. The LGA's key messages are:

  • The LGA supports new clause 17 tabled by Tom Greatrex MP, which proposes community benefit schemes provided by companies engaged in fracking activities are put on a statutory footing. The Infrastructure bill should be amended to ensure that local areas receive adequate compensation packages for hosting fracking.
  • It is also essential that the bill restates that local communities should decide through their democratically-elected councils and the planning system whether or not to host fracking.

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Infrastructure bill – Commons Committee Stage – Part 5 – Fracking (PDF, 1 page)


LGA briefing: Infrastructure Bill, Committee Stage, House of Commons

6 January 2015

The LGA has briefed MPs ahead of the fourth meeting of the Public Bill committee of the Infrastructure bill. The LGA's key messages are:

  • The LGA opposes proposals for deemed discharge of planning conditions and is calling for clause 26 to be removed from the bill. Joint working between councils and developers is the most effective way of dealing with any concerns about planning conditions and it can happen now, without waiting for legislation.
  • The LGA supports amendments 54 and 55, tabled by Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, which would extend proposals in the bill to enable the transfer of public sector land to councils, where both parties agree to it. This would allow councils to build on existing work to pool land assets with central government departments.
  • Clauses 29 and 30, which would seek to transfer the responsibility for local land charges to the Land Registry, should be removed from the bill. Centralising the system in this way is likely to have a negative impact on the service and improvements are best achieved locally.
  • However, we support amendment 59, tabled by Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, which if passed would mean the proposals in clause 29 could not come into force until the Secretary of State has laid a detailed independent report on the transfer before Parliament.

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Infrastructure bill - Commons Committee Stage - Part 4 - Planning Land Transfer and Land Registry (PDF, 2 pages, 220KB)


LGA briefing: Infrastructure Bill, Committee Stage, House of Commons

16 December 2014

The LGA has briefed MPs ahead of the first meeting of the Public Bill committee of the Infrastructure bill. The LGA's key messages are:

  • The Infrastructure bill should be amended to ensure there is a clear legal obligation on the strategic highways companies to consult with local government.  In particular, the companies must be required to engage with local authorities in formulating their plans.
  • The LGA supports amendments 8, 12 and 13, and new clause 5, tabled by Mr Richard Burden MP.

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Infrastructure bill - Commons Committee Stage - Part 1 - Strategic Highways Companies (PDF, 2 pages, 120KB)


LGA briefing: Infrastructure Bill, Second Reading, House of Commons

8 December 2014

The LGA's key messages are:

  • The Infrastructure bill should be amended to ensure there is a clear legal obligation on the strategic highways companies to consult with local government. In particular, the companies must be required to engage early with local authorities in formulating their plans.
  • We are calling for Clauses 23 and 24, which transfer the responsibility for local land charges to the Land Registry, to be removed from the bill. Centralising the system in this way is likely to have a negative impact on the service and improvements are best achieved locally.
  • The LGA opposes the proposals for deemed discharge of planning conditions. Joint working between councils and developers is the most effective way of dealing with any concerns about planning conditions and it can happen now, without waiting for legislation.
  • The bill should seek to enable the transfers of public sector land to councils where both parties agree to it and where it can support economic development. We would therefore like to see the proposals in the bill which allow for transfers of public sector land to the Homes and Communities Agency extended to councils where they agree to such transfers to take place (no transfers should take place without the council agreeing and the bill should explicitly reference this point). This will allow councils to build on existing work to pool land assets with central government departments.
  • The LGA is calling for the Infrastructure bill to be amended to ensure that all community benefit and compensation packages for fracking are put on a statutory footing. Such an amendment will help ensure communities are not short changed. It is also essential that the bill restates that local communities should decide through their democratically-elected councils and the planning system whether or not to host fracking.
  • The bill provides an opportunity to reform the approach to the implementation of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS). The LGA is calling for a requirement for water companies to approve, adopt and maintain all SuDS on new development regardless of who they are constructed by put on a statutory footing. This would provide clarity and consistency across the drainage network, a single point of accountability, as well as transparency and equity in charging.

Download the full LGA briefing:

Infrastructure bill, Second Reading, House of Commons (PDF, 3 pages, 220KB)


LGA briefing: Infrastructure Bill, Third Reading, House of Lords

19 November 2014

The LGA's key messages are:

  • The Infrastructure bill should be amended to ensure there is a clear legal obligation on the strategic highways companies to consult with local government. In particular, the companies must be required to engage early with local authorities in formulating their plans.
  • We are calling for Clauses 23 and 24, which transfer the responsibility for local land charges to the Land Registry, to be removed from the bill. Instead an independent review into the Land Registry proposal to centralise local land charge services should be undertaken to assess the value of the proposals. The land charges service to businesses and residents can be improved locally, instead of going through a national transformation that is likely to have a negative impact on the system.
  • The LGA opposes the proposals for deemed discharge of planning conditions. Joint working between councils and developers is the most effective way of dealing with any concerns about planning conditions and it can happen now, without waiting for legislation.
  • The bill should seek to enable the transfers of public sector land to councils where both parties agree to it and where it can support economic development. We would therefore like to see the proposals in the bill which allow for transfers of public sector land to the Homes and Communities Agency extended to councils where they agree to such transfers to take place. No transfers should take place without a councils agreement and the bill should explicitly reference this. This will allow councils to build on existing work to pool land assets with central government departments.
  • The LGA is calling for the Infrastructure bill to be amended to ensure that all community benefit and compensation packages for fracking are put on a statutory footing. Such an amendment will help ensure communities are not short changed. It is also essential that the bill restates that local communities should decide through their democratically-elected councils and the planning system whether or not to host fracking.

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Infrastructure bill, Third Reading, House of Lords (PDF, 3 pages, 186KB)


LGA briefing: Infrastructure Bill, Report Stage, House of Lords

10 November 2014

The LGA's key messages are:

The LGA is calling for the Infrastructure bill to be amended to ensure that all community benefit and compensation packages for fracking are put on a statutory footing.

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Infrastructure bill, HoL Report Stage Day 3: Energy, 10 November 2014 (PDF)


LGA briefing: Infrastructure Bill, Report Stage, House of Lords

4 November 2014

The LGA's key messages are:

The LGA supports amendment 95B* tabled by Lord Greaves and Lord McKenzie and amendment 95A* tabled by Lord McKenzie of Luton. This is because we are calling for Clauses 23 and 24, which transfer the responsibility for local land charges to the Land Registry, to be removed from the bill. The LGA is calling for an independent review into the Land Registry proposal to centralise local land charge services. The land charges service to businesses and residents can be improved locally, instead of going through a national transformation that is likely to have a negative impact on the system.

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Infrastructure bill, HoL Report Stage Day 2: Land Registry, planning and land transfers, November 2014 (PDF)


LGA briefing: Infrastructure Bill, Report Stage, House of Lords

3 November 2014

The LGA's key messages are:

The LGA supports amendment 16 tabled by Lord Whitty, Lord Davies of Oldham and Lord McKenzie of Luton, and amendments 18*, 21*, 26* and 27* tabled by Lord Davies of Oldham and Lord McKenzie of Luton.

We support these amendments as the Infrastructure bill should be amended to ensure there is a clear legal obligation on the strategic highways companies to consult with local government. In particular, the companies must be required to engage with local authorities in formulating their plans.

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Infrastructure bill, HoL Report Stage Day 1 amendments briefing, transport, 3 November 2014 (PDF, 2 pages, 75KB)


LGA Briefing: Infrastructure Bill, Committee Stage, House of Lords

15 July 2014

Ahead of Committee Stage (day 4) of the Infrastructure bill in the House of Lords, this short briefing paper has been issued by the LGA to Peers highlighting those amendments which we are supporting.

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Infrastructure bill (Committee Stage Day 4) (PDF, 2 pages, 143KB)


LGA briefing: Infrastructure Bill, Committee Stage, House of Lords

10 July 2014

This briefing was issued to Peers by the LGA ahead of day three of House of Lords Committee Stage of the Infrastructure bill, due to take place on 10 July. This paper highlights why we are encouraging peers to support a series of new clauses around planning which would help local authorities supporting housing supply and economic growth. The briefing also explains why we are opposed clauses 20, 23 and 24.

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Infrastructure bill (Committee Stage Day 3) (PDF, 5 pages, 133KB)


LGA briefing: Infrastructure Bill, Committee Stage, House of Lords

8 July 2014

This briefing was issued by the LGA to interested Peers, ahead of the second day of House of Lords Committee Stage of the Infrastructure bill. The briefing explains why the LGA is encouraging peers not to support clauses 20, 23 and 24 on planning and the land registry.

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Infrastructure bill amendments on planning and the Land Registry (Clauses 20, 23 and 24) (PDF 2 pages, 114KB)


LGA briefing: Infrastructure Bill, Committee Stage, House of Lords

This briefing was issued by the LGA to interested Peers, ahead of the first day of House of Lords Committee Stage of the Infrastructure bill. The briefing covers those amendments to clauses relating to the Government's proposals on the Highways Agency and strategic highways companies which the LGA would like to see made to the legislation, and which have been tabled by supportive Peers. The LGA's key messages are:

  • The Infrastructure bill should be amended to ensure that there is a clear legal obligation on the strategic highways companies to consult with local government. In particular, these companies must have duties to engage with local authorities in formulating their plans.
  • Nearly all journeys start and end on the Local Roads Network (LRN). Our amendments set out below seek to ensure that the Strategic Roads Network (SRN), for which the new company will be responsible, is not treated in isolation from the LRN.

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Infrastructure bill amendments on the Highways Agency and strategic highways companies (PDF 3 pages, 167KB)


LGA briefing: Infrastructure Bill, Second Reading, House of Lords

18 June 2014

The LGA's key messages are:

  • The Infrastructure bill should be amended to ensure there is a clear legal obligation on the strategic highways companies to consult with local government. In particular, the companies must be required to engage with local authorities in formulating their plans.
  • The LGA is calling for the Infrastructure bill to be amended to ensure that all community benefit and compensation packages for fracking are put on a statutory footing. Such an amendment will help ensure communities are not short changed. It is also essential that the bill restates that local communities should decide through their democratically-elected councils and the planning system, whether or not to host fracking.
  • The LGA opposes the proposals for deemed discharge of planning conditions. Joint working between councils and developers is the most effective way of dealing with any concerns about planning conditions and it can happen now, without waiting for legislation.
  • The planning system is not a barrier to economic growth, so amending the way planning conditions operate will fail to solve the housing crisis. A better way to ensure the building of more homes is to remove both the Housing Borrowing Cap and councils housing expenditure from the UK index of public debt.
  • The Infrastructure bill should enable a local authority, or groups of local authorities, to establish development corporations, in the way the Mayor London already can. These corporations can then support the development of new towns and garden cities and provide a way of delivering housing in a coordinated way.
  • Clauses 23, which transfers the responsibility for local land charges to Land Registry, should be deleted from the bill. The LGA is instead calling for an independent review into the Land Registry proposal to centralise local land charge services. The land charges service to businesses and residents can be improved locally, instead of going through a national transformation that is likely to have a negative impact on the system.

Download the full LGA briefing:

Infrastructure bill, Second Reading, House of Lords, 18 June 2014 (PDF, 4 pages, 183KB)

22 January 2015