Place

Infrastructure can improve the economic prospects of local areas as well as help to enhance the distinct identities of the places where we live, work, and enjoy life.

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The Commission adopts a place based approach to its thinking, reflecting the results of social research which showed 8 in 10 people believe good infrastructure is necessary to support a good quality of life.

Infrastructure helps form the identity of places as well as creating efficient links between them. Better infrastructure can alleviate bottlenecks to growth in congested areas, while infrastructure improvements have the potential, alongside other policies such as skills, to increase growth in lower productivity areas.

This area of our activity has close connections to our transport and digital work.
Our work on place includes commissions to explore projects with specific geographic impacts, such as our study into the Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford Growth Arc, as well as policy that seeks to improve infrastructure such as urban transport and broadband across many places.
While the Commission’s remit does not include housing provision, we have advised government on how utility services can better support proposed housing developments and help enable the scale of house building needed to accommodate a growing population.

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Better defining ‘levelling up’ is a crucial step to achieving it
Growth across regions
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Better defining ‘levelling up’ is a crucial step to achieving it

Some form of regional inequality has been a persistent feature of the UK.  Not only are there profound differences between regions (i.e. North and South), there are also inequalities within regions. Pockets of low productivity and heightened levels of deprivation exist in both successful and unsuccessful places.  But these are not set in stone; changing...

Growth across regions
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Growth across regions

5 Nov 2020
Armitt speech on principles for urban infrastructure
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Armitt speech on principles for urban infrastructure

Sir John Armitt, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, delivered a speech today (7 October 2020) at the launch of the Commission’s report, Principles for effective urban infrastructure. The launch event was co-hosted with Centre for Cities. The text of Sir John’s speech can be found below.   Before I begin let me thank our...

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Cities share good practice for developing local infrastructure strategies

Cities share good practice for developing local infrastructure strategies

A new toolkit curated by the National Infrastructure Commission is offering advice to cities on developing local infrastructure strategies to underpin improvements in transport, housing and employment prospects. The guidance seeks to maximise the impact of further devolution of powers and funding to city regions recommended by the Commission, by sharing experience and knowledge between...

7 Oct 2020 By
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Cities Programme

7 Oct 2020
Armitt: A clear infrastructure policy is more vital than ever
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Armitt: A clear infrastructure policy is more vital than ever

In a comment piece published in the Sunday Telegraph on 4 October 2020, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, Sir John Armitt, reflects on the importance of a National Infrastructure Strategy for setting out the role of infrastructure in economic recovery, meeting the net zero target and ‘levelling up’. An edited version of the article...

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Bridget Rosewell speech to the Westminster Business Forum
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Bridget Rosewell speech to the Westminster Business Forum

“I’m very pleased to be here, and indeed, to have had the opportunity to have listened to some, if not all, of the presentations today. This is my chance to assess progress against the Commission’s report, which we published nearly three years ago in November 2017, on what we call the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford Arc. That...

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Rail Needs Assessment for the Midlands and the North: interim report
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Rail Needs Assessment for the Midlands and the North: interim report

15 Jul 2020
Rail Needs Assessment for the Midlands and the North
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Rail Needs Assessment for the Midlands and the North

15 Jul 2020
Rail Needs Assessment: call for evidence
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Rail Needs Assessment: call for evidence

25 Mar 2020
Infrastructure and the efficient delivery of new housing
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Infrastructure and the efficient delivery of new housing

This blog post relates to the new paper Infrastructure to support housing. We often hear that Britain is in the midst of a housing crisis. The government aims to tackle it by building one million homes in England over the next five years, with the annual build rate rising towards its 300,000 homes target. This...

13 Mar 2020 By
Annual Monitoring Report 2020 annex
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Annual Monitoring Report 2020 annex

26 Feb 2020
Annual Monitoring Report 2020
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Annual Monitoring Report 2020

26 Feb 2020
Sir John Armitt speech to Cities Summit
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Sir John Armitt speech to Cities Summit

Commission Chair Sir John Armitt addressed Metro Mayors and other city leaders from around the country who came together at a Cities Summit today – as part of our cities programme – to make the case for greater autonomy over transport decisions and long-term funding for cities, as set out in the National Infrastructure Assessment....

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