Yesterday, 25 October 2010, the Prime Minister announced the publication of the UK’s first ever infrastructure plan, which outlined £200bn worth of public and private sector investment over the next five years.
The plan announced that the expansion of technologies such as anaerobic digestion to produce heating gas from sewage, industrial, commercial, residential and farm waste will contribute to a low carbon supply base of energy and a long-term reduction in the dependence on imported hydrocarbons.
The infrastructure plan also outlines Government’s intention to promote the right incentives and behaviours on waste and produce the required investment in waste management.
The plan may have positive repercussions for planning issues, as it details the intention to explore how the planning for waste treatment infrastructure, and particularly residual waste treatment infrastructure, may be facilitated with greater community support.
In launching the Plan, Lord Sassoon, Commercial Secretary to the Treasury, said: “Today’s plan represents a broad vision of the infrastructure investment we need to underpin the UK’s growth and retain our competitiveness.
“For the economy to flourish, people, goods and information must move freely. Reliable infrastructure: energy, water, transport, digital communications and waste disposal networks and facilities, are essential to achieve this. Ensuring these networks are integrated and resilient is vital.
And Prime Minister David Cameron described the plan as: “incredibly exciting, and it shows how, together, we can help create the right framework for growth in which British business can thrive and compete with the rest of the world.”