Commenting on today’s announcement that the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) will be abolished, Dr Adam Marshall, Director of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

“The BCC fundamentally disagrees with the Government’s decision to abolish the Infrastructure Planning Commission. Business has supported the Commission because it would have provided greater certainty and clarity on the major transport, energy and communications projects critical to the UK’s economic future.


“The Commission’s abolition puts politics back into the planning system at a time when an overwhelming majority of businesses say that they want key infrastructure schemes decided by experts, not politicians. Despite the shortcomings of our existing infrastructure, we in the UK have yet to learn the lesson that short-term political considerations can undermine long-term planning.


“More broadly, business challenges the Government to adopt an approach to planning that delivers speed, certainty and clarity – that is the only way to underpin recovery and future economic growth.