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Examination of Witnesses

Part of Growth and Infrastructure Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:29 am on 13th November 2012.

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Katja Hall: We agree that planning is a major barrier to investment in infrastructure in the UK. We do a survey once a year on the infrastructure of businesses. In this year’s survey, 97%—I think that is the correct figure—said that planning is a barrier to investment. So absolutely, yes it is. We think that the measures in the Bill will help to speed up and streamline the planning system, but still safeguard local communities and ensure that they have a say in what happens in their areas.