Bypassing Local Councils for Data Centre Construction

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Bypassing Local Councils for Data Centre Construction

Labour to Override Local Councils for Data Centre Construction

Labour plans to override local councils and grant permission for data centres on the green belt. This move aims to boost the UK's AI sector by addressing the data centre shortage.

Peter Kyle, shadow science minister, considers designating data centres as nationally significant infrastructure, allowing developers to bypass local opposition.

Industry experts argue brownfield sites on green belts are suitable locations for modern data centres. Classifying these projects as nationally important would shift planning decisions from local councils to ministers.

Labour's focus on technological opportunities amidst spending constraints includes identifying areas for AI deployment across government departments. Pilot schemes using AI to predict patient discharge times are already underway in four Welsh hospitals.

Mr. Kyle is expected to meet with technology companies to secure support ahead of London Tech Week. Labour assures the tech industry that planning laws will be reformed to facilitate data centre development, even if they are not classified as critically significant.