Plans for UK’s inaugural National Infrastructure Assessment announced
A new assessment focusing on the UK’s infrastructure needs and priorities will be published for the first time in 2018.
The new National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) will deliver a National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA) each parliament and will outline a strategic vision for a 30 year period. The government is required to respond to the recommendations of the commission.
Proposals made by the NIC and subsequently backed by the government will become government policy and material considerations in planning decisions.
The process will begin with the publication of a vision and priorities document in 2017 and followed up by a full NIA in 2018. The NIC’s work on the NIA will begin by "building a better understanding of the UK’s existing infrastructure assets and the pipeline of projects across sectors.” The consultation stated that the NIC will speak to industry, central and local government and regulators about their projections and plans.
Writing in the introduction to the consultation, Lord Adonis, interim chair of the NIC, said that an "objective, holistic analysis of the UK’s infrastructure needs, and a strategic plan to address them, can help secure better infrastructure for us all, better value for money for the taxpayer, and certainty and security for investors".