Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects—pre-application consultations and discussions
Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects—pre-application consultations and discussions

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

  • Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects—pre-application consultations and discussions
  • Brexit impact
  • Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project consent regime
  • Regulatory framework and guidance
  • The importance of pre-application consultation
  • Notification of proposed application
  • Obtaining information about interests in land—PA 2008, s 52
  • Rights of Entry—PA 2008, s 53
  • Environmental impact assessment (EIA)
  • Who must be consulted?
  • more

Brexit impact

This content is likely to be impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. For further information on the implications of leaving the EU for planning law and practice, see: Brexit—implications for planning law and practice—overview and Practice Note: Brexit—the implications for English and Welsh planning law and practice.

Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project consent regime

The Planning Act 2008 (PA 2008) sets out a development consent regime for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) in the fields of energy, transport, water, waste water and waste. Projects exceeding prescribed thresholds must be authorised under the PA regime.

Qualifying projects require development consent under PA 2008. Applications for development consent are made directly to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS), acting on behalf of the Secretary of State, rather than to the local planning authority in the first instance. Development consent is granted by way of a single development consent order (DCO). See Practice Note: Permission for nationally significant infrastructure projects.

National Policy Statements (NPSs) are statutory documents setting out the government's policy on particular types of NSIPs and provide the framework within which the Secretary of State makes its decisions on NSIP applications for development consent. See Practice Note: National Policy Statements.

Once a DCO application has been submitted, PA 2008 prescribes a fixed timetable for most of the stages of the conduct of