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CPRE reaction to National Infrastructure Assessment

10 July 2018

The Campaign to Protect Rural England welcomes the UK’s first-ever National Infrastructure Assessment, published today (10 July), by the National Infrastructure Commission, providing recommendations for delivering improvements to the country’s infrastructure network up to 2050.

The assessment covers a wide range of sectors, including transport, digital technology, waste, flood management, water supplies and the energy network. Recommendations for the latter are being billed as the ‘key finding’ by the National Infrastructure Commission. It states that ‘Britain has a “golden opportunity” to switch to greener ways of providing energy to homes and businesses without increasing bills’.

The report highlights that by switching to low-carbon and renewable sources of energy, as well as reducing car emissions by moving towards using more electric vehicles, we will make significant strides towards meeting climate change targets.

CPRE is also pleased to see the emphasis within the National Infrastructure Assessment that is placed on rural broadband, water resources and food waste separation.

Daniel Carey-Dawes, Senior Infrastructure Campaigner at the Campaign to Protect Rural England, said:

‘This assessment makes an important contribution to the debate on what energy and infrastructure this country needs and how it should be delivered. Getting this right is fundamental to creating thriving rural communities and for the health of our environment.

‘We welcome recommendations to prioritise investment in low cost renewable energy, so long as it is sensitive to our landscapes. Crucially, the government must engage fully with local communities to ensure we provide solutions that meet their needs. Infrastructure must be something done for communities, not to them.’

These recommendations follow a report last week from the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, which urges the government to drop its plans to fast-track fracking. CPRE believes that the suggestions made by the National Infrastructure Commission are yet further evidence that the government’s proposals to streamline the planning process for fracking are fundamentally flawed.

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