Nationally significant infrastructure projects in the transport sector
Nationally significant infrastructure projects in the transport sector

The following Planning guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Nationally significant infrastructure projects in the transport sector
  • Planning Act 2008
  • NSIPs in the transport sector
  • One-stop shop

Planning Act 2008

The Planning Act 2008 (PA 2008) created a new development consent regime in England and Wales for nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs) in the fields of energy, transport, water, waste water, and waste. This regime was introduced to streamline and make more certain the consenting process for infrastructure deemed to be of national importance.

Development which is or forms part of an NSIP requires a development consent order (DCO) under PA 2008, as opposed to planning permission under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (TCPA 1990).

PA 2008 defines an NSIP as one of a number of types of project listed in s 14. Part 3 of PA 2008 adds further qualifying criteria in respect of each type of project. If that criteria is met, a project constitutes an NSIP and the consenting procedure must follow that set out in PA 2008; the local planning authority for the area in which the development is located has no power to determine a planning application for development which is or forms part of an NSIP.

For more information on the regime for all NSIPs refer to Practice Notes: Permission for nationally significant infrastructure projects and National Policy Statements.

NSIPs in the transport sector

In the transport sector, development projects which meet the following criteria constitute NSIPs for which a