Introduces a simplified process to consent major infrastructure projects in Wales.
The Infrastructure (Wales) Bill introduces a simplified process to consent major infrastructure projects in Wales. The current legislation may need separate applications for certain permissions, consents and licences. This can lead to issues for developers and those engaging in different processes. The Bill establishes a new regime that adopts a 'one-stop-shop' approach where consents and other permissions can be sought in one application and decision-making process.
The new approach aims to be more transparent and consistent allowing local communities to better understand and engage in decisions. The new regime also provides more certainty in decision-making, supported by clear policy. The types of projects captured by the process include renewable energy projects, as well as other infrastructure such as works to highways and railways.
The Bill is vital to the timely delivery of major infrastructure in Wales. It is also an important step towards Welsh Government commitments on renewable energy and ‘net zero’ emissions by 2050. The principles of the new regime were subject to full public consultation, as well as ongoing engagement with key stakeholders during development of the Bill.