The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) will begin some of its functions tomorrow (October 1). Chaired by Sir Michael Pitt, the IPC will make decisions on development consent for infrastructure proposals that are of national significance. Commenting, David Frost, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

“We are pleased to see the Infrastructure Planning Commission finally getting underway. The IPC will play a key role in speeding up the UK’s cumbersome planning process for important national projects, such as high-speed rail and the push for more green energy.

“It is important that the IPC remains free from political interference and starts taking the crucial decisions that will drive our economic recovery. The renewal of the UK’s infrastructure base must continue – even in the face of the toughest public spending climate in decades.”