improved tidal defences on the Thames, and new projects at Oxford, Lowestoft, Yalding, and the Humber.
Energy transmission and distribution is a key theme although investment is to be planned and delivered by the private sector. The Government’s policy seems to be short term support in the oil and gas industries and longer term in the nuclear sector including support for a new power plant at Moorside.
If re-elected, the Government’s National Infrastructure Plan is neither a guarantee nor commitment of spending across the next term but it is useful indicator of the importance of infrastructure to the national recovery.
The delivery of many of these projects will require private rights and interests to be acquired either throughout agreement or through compulsion and the plan identifies further reform of the compulsory purchase process to ensure it is clearer, faster, and fairer. It is likely that many of these schemes will require long term planning and many years of feasibility studies and optioneering before going through the planning process. Landowners may be contacted for access to land for surveys and other early engagement in the consultation process over the next couple of years.
Carter Jonas’s National Infrastructures team advises both scheme promoters and landowners across the country that may be affected by infrastructure proposals. We are experts in the legal framework that underpins delivery of these projects and how they may impact land and property.
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