The Infrastructure (Wales) Bill reforms how infrastructure is consented in Wales by establishing a unified process, known as an infrastructure consent, for specific types of major infrastructure called significant infrastructure projects (SIPs). These include energy, transport, waste, water and gas projects above certain size or capacity thresholds on land and in the Welsh marine area.
Infrastructure consent replaces existing statutory regimes and reduces the number of authorisations needed to construct and operate a SIP by incorporating them in a single consent.
This Bill Summary provides an overview and signposts to further detail on the Bill.
Article by Elfyn Henderson, Senedd Research, Welsh Parliament