The Growth and Infrastructure Bill has completed the committee stage in the House of Lords with very little amendments being made. It now proceeds to the report stage for a further detailed analysis.
The Bill, which is intended to promote investment in infrastructure projects and reduce delays in the planning system, was passed by the House of Commons on 17 December 2012 and was then passed by peers on 8 January 2013 after its second reading. The Bill then proceeded to committee stage.
Many amendments were suggested by the Lords but the majority of amendments were subsequently withdrawn. However some concessions were made to facilitate the withdrawal of the amendments that related to affordable housing obligations.
The proposed amendments to clause 6 arose due to a concern that the new clause would lead to a reduction in the supply of affordable housing. However, Baroness Hanham assured the Lords that the new clause was about giving developers the opportunity to review affordable housing requirements and to bring forward stalled developments. She reached an agreement with the Lords on this issue by stating that they should return to the matter on report and she hoped that further discussions would take place between the Lords before the report stage commenced.
The Bill completed the committee stage on 6 February and began the report stage, which will result in a further detailed scrutiny, on 27 February. We will keep you updated on any planning related amendments.