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59

 

House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 6 January 2015

 

Public Bill Committee

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

Parliamentary Star - whiteAmendments which will comply with the required notice period at their next appearance

 

Infrastructure Bill [Lords]


 

Note

 

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Order of the

 

Committee [16 December 2014].

 


 

Richard Burden

 

Clause  20,  page  12,  line  33,  at end insert—

 

“(iii)    

which is not a species of Community Interest as defined under

 

the Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992)”

 

Mr John Hayes

 

Clause  21,  page  23,  line  4,  at end insert—

 

  “NOTE. The common name or names given in the first column of this

 

Schedule are included by way of guidance only; in the event of any

 

dispute or proceedings, the common name or names shall not be taken

 

into account.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This secures that the scientific name of the animals listed is determinative.

 

Mr John Hayes

 

Clause  21,  page  23,  line  9,  at end insert—

 

  “NOTE. The common name or names given in the first column of this

 

Schedule are included by way of guidance only; in the event of any


 
 

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dispute or proceedings, the common name or names shall not be taken

 

into account.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This secures that the scientific name of the animals listed is determinative,

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Clause  25,  page  24,  line  29,  leave out “or” and insert “to exercise a discretion, or

 

with the consent of the Secretary of State to allow”

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Clause  25,  page  24,  line  31,  at end add “after consultation with the National

 

Infrastructure Commission”

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Clause  26,  page  25,  line  6,  at end insert “and where a local plan is in place”

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Clause  26,  page  25,  line  11,  at end insert “except that it does not apply to any

 

condition designed to mitigate direct impacts on animal welfare, public amenity, health

 

and wellbeing, local infrastructure”

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Clause  26,  page  26,  line  9,  at end insert “or where a planning performance

 

agreement is in place”

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Clause  27,  page  26,  line  32,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

The Secretary of State shall lay before Parliament regulations streamlining

 

compulsory purchase order powers for HCAs and councils.

 

( )    

The powers of HCAs will be strengthened to enhance the delivery of housing

 

provision.

 

( )    

The Secretary of State should bring forward proposals to give councils the power

 

to incentivise the building on land provided for development, including by the

 

HCA, and allocated within a local plan, where it is not brought forward within

 

five years. This should be applied only where land is voluntarily put into a plan

 

and can be demonstrated to be deliverable and should be accompanied by a

 

mechanism for appeal.”


 
 

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Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Clause  27,  page  26,  line  34,  after “HCA”, insert “or councils”

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Clause  27,  page  26,  line  36,  after “HCA”, insert “or councils”

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Clause  27,  page  26,  line  37,  at end insert “provided that any designated property,

 

rights or liabilities to be transferred pursuant to a scheme—

 

(a)    

have been classified as surplus;

 

(b)    

do not compromise land forming part of a common, open space or fuel or

 

field garden allotment;

 

(c)    

do not extinguish any public right of way;

 

(d)    

are subject to transparent reporting of all aspects of the transaction to the

 

Land Registry; and

 

(e)    

shall be subject to a test of viability that is underpinned by guidance and

 

an open book approach.”

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Clause  27,  page  26,  line  41,  at end insert—

 

“(2A)    

Regulations under subsection (2) must specify a New Town Development

 

Corporation, subject to the objectives set out in section [Place making objectives

 

for New Town Development Corporation].”

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Clause  27,  page  27,  line  9,  at end insert—

 

““Common”, “open space” and “fuel and field allotment” have the same

 

meaning as in section 19 of the Acquisition of Land Act 1981”

 

Alistair Burt

 

Mr Brooks Newmark

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  28,  page  33,  line  21,  leave out subsection (11) and insert—

 

“(11)    

The amendments made by this section apply in relation to any land to which

 

section 11 and Schedule 3 to the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 or section

 

26 and Schedule 6 to the Regional Development Agencies Act 1998 applied.”

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Clause  29,  page  33,  line  37,  at end insert—


 
 

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“(3)    

This section shall not come into force until the Secretary of State has laid an

 

independent report before both Houses of Parliament on the effects of the

 

transferral of responsibility for local land charges to the Land Registry, and the

 

report shall include—

 

(a)    

an implementation plan;

 

(b)    

an assessment of the impact it will have on local authorities;

 

(c)    

an assessment of the impact it will have on businesses; and

 

(d)    

an assessment of the impact it will have on home buyers and sellers.”

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Clause  32,  page  34,  line  23,  at end insert “and shall relate to buildings or

 

developments of any size”

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Clause  32,  page  34,  line  23,  at end insert—

 

“(e)    

carbon abatement offsite must only be considered exceptionally and

 

where homes on site already conform to the code for sustainable homes.”

 

Mr Nick Raynsford

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Clause  32,  page  34,  line  29,  at end insert “and where the requirement cannot

 

reasonably be met on the building site.”

 

Alistair Burt

 

Mr Brooks Newmark

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  32,  page  34,  line  34,  after “things”, insert “within the built environment”

 

Alistair Burt

 

Mr Brooks Newmark

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  32,  page  35,  line  2,  leave out “Secretary of State” and insert “a local

 

planning authority”

 

Alistair Burt

 

Mr Brooks Newmark

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  32,  page  35,  line  5,  at end insert—

 

“(d)    

provisions within sub-paragraph (3)(a) should be carried out within an

 

area determined by the local planning authority, where the opportunity

 

exists to do so.”

 

Alistair Burt

 

Mr Brooks Newmark

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  32,  page  35,  line  30,  at end insert “to be determined by the local planning

 

authority”


 
 

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Mr Nick Raynsford

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Clause  32,  page  36,  line  5,  at end insert—

 

“(7)    

No variation to the requirement of the building regulations in respect of a

 

building‘s contribution to or effect on emissions of carbon dioxide may be made

 

solely by regard to the number of buildings on any particular building site.”

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Clause  33,  page  37,  line  9,  at end insert—

 

““Community” shall include any elected authority responsible for the

 

administration of any area defined for the purpose of exercising the right

 

to buy a stake in a renewable energy facility”

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Norman Baker

 

Page  39,  line  1,  leave out Clause 36.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This deletes the Clause that puts into primary legislation a new duty to maximise the economic

 

recovery of UK oil and gas.

 

Tom Greatrex

 

Clause  36,  page  39,  line  10,  after “industry”, insert “and the co-ordination of the

 

transportation and storage of CO2”

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Norman Baker

 

Page  45,  line  12,  leave out Clauses 38 to 43.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This deletes the Clauses that change the trespass law by introducing a new right to use deep-level

 

land, which would allow fracking companies to drill beneath people’s homes and land without

 

their permission and to leave any substance or infrastructure in the land.

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Clause  38,  page  45,  line  22,  leave out “300 metres” and insert “1000 metres”

 

Tom Greatrex

 

Clause  38,  page  45,  line  22,  at end insert—


 
 

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“(3A)    

The Secretary of State shall, before the award of licences in relation to the use of

 

deep-level land for onshore oil and gas exploration, issue additional planning

 

guidance introducing a presumption against such developments within or under

 

protected areas and functionally linked land.”

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Clause  38,  page  45,  line  25,  at end insert—

 

“(6)    

The Secretary of State shall be required to commission and consider reports on—

 

(a)    

the cumulative impacts of water use in fracking and refracking of

 

exploratory and productive gas wells;

 

(b)    

the cumulative impacts of flowback and waste water arising from

 

fracking and refracking activity; and

 

(c)    

the cumulative impacts on communities of road and vehicle movements

 

from fracking and refracking activity

 

    

before providing any permission for the exploitation of petroleum on deep level

 

land where one or more exploitation facility exists within one mile of a proposed

 

site.”

 

Tom Greatrex

 

Clause  39,  page  45,  line  32,  leave out “any substance” and insert “substances

 

approved by the Environment Agency”

 

Tom Greatrex

 

Clause  39,  page  46,  line  2,  after “use”, insert “, subject to the conditions laid out in

 

planning permission”

 

Tom Greatrex

 

Clause  39,  page  46,  line  3,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

 

(a)    

The right of use shall be conditional on operators undertaking site-by-site

 

measurement, monitoring and public disclosure of existing and future

 

fugitive emissions.

 

(b)    

In this section, “fugitive emissions” shall mean releases arising from, but

 

not limited to, flaring, venting, storage and transportation leakages.”

 

Tom Greatrex

 

Clause  39,  page  46,  line  3,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

Before a well design is commenced or adopted in connection with the

 

exploitation of petroleum the right of use requires the Health and Safety

 

Executive to inspect the well so as to satisfy itself that—

 

(a)    

so far as is reasonably practicable, there can be no unplanned escape of

 

fluids from the well; and

 

(b)    

risks to the health and safety of persons from it or anything in it, or in

 

strata to which it is connected, are as low as is reasonably practicable.

 

( )    

Where the Health and Safety Executive is satisfied that a condition in subsection

 

( ) is met, it shall give notice to the Secretary of State.


 
 

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( )    

The Secretary of State shall publish the information received from the Health and

 

Safety Executive in accordance with sub-paragraph ( ).”

 

New Clauses

 

Mr John Hayes

 

NC8

 

To move the following Clause

 

         

“Mayoral development orders

 

“(1)    

Schedule (Mayoral development orders) (Mayoral development orders) has

 

effect.

 

(2)    

The Secretary of State may by regulations make consequential provision in

 

connection with any provision made by that Schedule.

 

(3)    

Regulations under this section may amend, repeal, revoke or otherwise modify

 

the application of any enactment (but, in the case of an Act, only if the Act was

 

passed before the end of the Session in which this Act is passed).

 

(4)    

In this section “enactment” includes an enactment comprised in subordinate

 

legislation within the meaning of the Interpretation Act 1978.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment and amendments NS1, 38, 39, 41 and 43 enable the Mayor of London to make

 

Mayoral development orders granting planning permission for development on specified sites in

 

Greater London in response to an application from each local planning authority in whose area

 

any part of a site is located.

 


 

Mr John Hayes

 

NC9

 

To move the following Clause

 

         

“Reimbursement of persons who have met expenses of making electrical

 

connections

 

(1)    

The Electricity Act 1989 is amended in accordance with this section.

 

(2)    

In section 19 (power to recover expenditure)—

 

(a)    

omit subsections (2) and (3);

 

(b)    

after subsection (3) insert—

 

“(3A)    

Schedule 5B (reimbursement of persons who have met expenses)

 

has effect.”;

 

(c)    

in subsection (4), after “this section” insert “and Schedule 5B”.


 
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