UK overhaul of major infrastructure decisions

A proposal to speed up decision-making for major infrastructure plans was announced yesterday by the UK government. It says that the draft rules would transform the existing "cumbersome" approvals process while offering greater democratic accountability. The Confederation of British industry (CBI) welcomed the proposals, saying that they would make the country more competitive. However Friends of the Earth (FoE) was "appalled," complaining that the new rules would "limit citizens' right to object". See consultation paper, plus FoE press release and CBI press release.

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