Queen's Speech outlines new planning process

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Posted by APM on 9th Jun 2014

The Queen revealed Ministers plans to get Britain building again during her annual Speech.

Tens of thousands of new homes are to be built, with developers getting permission to push through applications without the need for council approval as the Infrastructure Bill aims to speed up the planning process for nationally significant projects.

Under the Bill, it was also announced that it will now be easier for government to sell off unused public land for development and enable the construction of new garden cities.

Perhaps most controversially, fracking can now take place under peoples homes without their permission.

John Sauven, executive director of Greenpeace UK, told the Independent newspaper: Ministers are losing the argument on fracking and are now steamrolling over peoples rights in order to sacrifice our countryside and climate. However, Ken Cronin, chief executive of the UK Onshore Operators Group (UKOOG), backed the plans. He said: The proposed legislation will bring the onshore oil and gas and geothermal industries into line with other activities, such as mining and utilities.

It will have no noticeable effect on the lives of home and property owners.

Elsewhere, new pathways into employment were still high on the agenda, as it was revealed that the government will deliver two million apprenticeships as part of the Speech underlining the need for a skills-led economic recovery.

Contributing to the plans that will better-prepare young professionals in the workplace will be APMs Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management scheme, which aims to create new pathways into the PM profession.

Katerina Rudiger, head of skills and policy campaigns at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), said: Its vital to continue to ensure that apprenticeships are high-quality and responsive to the needs of employers.

This will mean continuing to engage employers in developing training programmes for each of the apprenticeships frameworks, giving them the level of co-investment and the impetus they need to ensure the training their apprentices receive benefits their organisation and the apprentices themselves.

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