The government’s Planning Act will help deliver new green infrastructure and lower carbon emissions, the Department of Communities and Local Government has claimed.
Given Royal assent today, the Act has been devised to create an integrated system that allows for quicker decision making and makes the planning process more transparent.
According to planning bill minister John Healey, its introduction will bring about a “real culture change for deciding the future needs of our national infrastructure”.
The new planning system will bring together the eight existing regimes for nationally significant infrastructure.
Commercial property developers will soon be required by law to consult local communities before they submit planning applications.
They will also need to carry out environmental assessments as dictated by EIA regulations.
The University of Reading is also assessing the role of buildings in the environment – it has secured funding to create the Advanced Climate Technology Urban Atmospheric Laboratory to investigate the impact that buildings have on London’s climate.