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Civil Engineer closes in on powerful infrastructure post

The Government has named Sir Michael Pitt as its preferred choice for chairman of the new Infrastructure Planning Committee, which is set to make decisions on the importance of national infrastructure projects.

The civil engineer, who was commissioned by the Government to write the “Lessons Learned” report into how the country coped with the floods of 2007, is set to lead the independent panel which will hold sway on whether or not national infrastructure projects are built.

Sir Michael will seek approval for his appointment from the Local Government and Communities Select Committee on Monday 16 March, before taking up his post in Bristol.

Homes and planning minister Margaret Beckett said: “The Infrastructure Planning Commission will have a vital role to play in creating a faster and fairer process for taking the big decisions that affect our national infrastructure, and the economy as a whole.

“I believe Sir Michael has first-class credentials for this important job and has the wide range of experience needed to lead the Commission at this challenging time for the organisation.”

Sir Michael said: “This is an exciting opportunity. I am looking forward to assembling the team and working closely with all concerned in order to establish the Commission’s new role in a 21st Century planning process.”

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