This is entry number 170, first published on 30 September 2010, of a blog on the implementation of the Planning Act 2008. Click here for a link to the whole blog.

Today’s entry provides a chronology of the Planning Act 2008 to date and beyond.

Following the change of government on 6 May it was announced that there would be a revised 'route map' of the timetable for the implementaiton of the rest of the Planning Act regime published in 'late summer'. Despite the autumnal feel in the air, this is still awaited, so in the meantime, here is a chronology of the milestones in Planning Act implementation so far, and what is currently expected to happen next.

Prehistory

  • May 1995 - March 1999 - Heathrow Terminal 5 inquiry takes place
  • 30 October 2006 - Nicholas Stern review on climate change published
  • 4 December 2006 - Rod Eddington report on transport published
  • 5 December 2006 - Kate Barker report on planning published
  • 21 May 2007 - Planning White Paper published
  • 27 November 2007 - Planning Bill introduced in Parliament
  • 26 November 2008 - Planning Act 2008 receives Royal Assent

The story so far

  • 27 January 2009 - first Planning Act implementation 'route map' published
  • 22 June 2009 - National Policy Statement (NPS) consultation regulations come into force
  • 14 July 2009 - second Planning Act implementation 'route map' published
  • 17 July 2009 - Planning Act blog starts!
  • 1 October 2009 - Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) opens in advisory capacity
  • 1 October 2009 - pre-application suite of regulations comes into force
  • 9 November 2009 - six energy NPSs and Ports NPS published in draft
  • 15 December 2009 - third Planning Act implementation route map published
  • 6 January - 10 February 2010 - hearings on energy NPSs held by Energy and Climate Change Select Committee
  • 13 - 27 January 2010 - hearings on Ports NPS held by Transport Select Committee
  • 15 February 2010 - public consultation closes on Ports NPS
  • 19 February 2010 - first pre-application consultation launched
  • 22 February 2010 - public consultation closes on energy NPSs
  • 23 February - 29 March 2010 - House of Lords debates held on energy and Ports NPSs
  • 1 March 2010 - IPC opens for energy and transport applications
  • 1 March 2010 - examination of application suite of regulations come into force
  • 10 March 2010 - Transport Select Committee reports on Ports NPS
  • 17 March 2010 - Energy and Climate Change Select Committee reports on energy NPSs
  • 6 May 2010 - general election held
  • 3 August 2010 - first application made to IPC (overhead line near Neath)
  • 5 August 2010 - second application made to IPC (energy from waste plant near Bedford)
  • 26 August 2010 - second application accepted for examination by IPC
  • 31 August 2010 - first application rejected for examination by IPC

 

Next up

  • Late summer 2010 - fourth Planning Act implementation 'route map' to be published
  • Autumn 2010 - further consultation on six energy NPSs to take place
  • Late November 2010 - Localism Bill to be introduced in Parliament
  • Spring 2011 - first seven NPSs to be finalised ('designated')
  • April 2011 - IPC may open for waste water and waste applications
  • November 2011 - Localism Act 2011 to receive Royal Assent
  • April 2012 - IPC to be replaced by Major Infrastructure Planning Unit (MIPU)
  • April 2012 - MIPU may open for water applications