Procedural requirements for infrastructure projects modified amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

Procedural requirements for infrastructure projects modified amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has published guidance detailing the implications of coronavirus (COVID-19) on certain consultation and publicity requirements of the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project regime. Temporary changes have been introduced through the Infrastructure Planning (Publication and Notification of Applications etc) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 which come into force on 22 July 2020 and will apply until 31 December 2020. The Infrastructure Planning (Publication and Notification of Applications etc) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 have been introduced to address the restrictions on movement and access to physical locations that have resulted from the pandemic and will temporarily amend certain requirements relating to the publication of notices, the giving of notice, and the relevant documents that need to be available for inspection.

The Infrastructure Planning (Publication and Notification of Applications etc) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 amend requirements relating to:

• proposed and accepted applications for a Development Consent Order (DCO) applications for non-material changes to a DCO

• proposed and actual applications to make a material change to, or revocation of a DCO and amendments proposed to DCOs in exceptional circumstances

• a proposal to include in the DCO the compulsory purchase of additional land which was not identified and included in the book of reference at the time of the DCO application and which has not been consented to by all persons with an interest in the proposed additional land

• accepted applications for a DCO where a screening opinion may not have taken account of all relevant information or an environmental statement may be inadequate, and/or

• a subsequent application for development which requires an updated environmental statement or further information in addition to the updated environmental statement.

The guidance can be read in full here.

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