The Design Council Cabe has been appointed as the statutory adviser for major infrastructure projects

The move means the Cabe team at the Design Council continues its previous function as the statutory consultee for nationally strategic infrastructure projects (NSIPs).

Cabe, when it was known as the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, merged with the Design Council in 2011 after its status as a quango was ended by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

Design Council Cabe has also published guidance to improve the design quality of major infrastructure projects.

John Mathers, chief executive of the Design Council Cabe said: “Infrastructure projects are essential to economic growth, so it is our priority to support the processes involved. This guidance, along with the Planning Inspectorate’s recommendation to the Secretary of State will boost design as a key consideration for future developments - great news for communities and for industry.”