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  • Charles Cowap, Harper Adams University College Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects
  • Infrastructure Planning Commission

    1. 1. Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects The New Regime Charles Cowap April 2010
    2. 2. Planning Act 2008 <ul><li>Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) </li></ul><ul><li>Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) </li></ul><ul><li>National Policy Statements </li></ul><ul><li>Development Consent Orders </li></ul><ul><li>Compulsory Acquisition Powers </li></ul>
    3. 3. NSIPs <ul><li>Generating stations </li></ul><ul><li>Cables and Pipes </li></ul><ul><li>Gas storage </li></ul><ul><li>Highways </li></ul><ul><li>Airports </li></ul><ul><li>Harbours </li></ul><ul><li>Railways </li></ul><ul><li>Dams and water transfer </li></ul><ul><li>Hazardous waste and waste water </li></ul><ul><li>Size thresholds </li></ul>
    4. 4. The Application Process 1. Pre-Application 2. IPC Acceptance
    5. 5. 3. Pre-Examination 4. Examination
    6. 6. 5. Decision 6. Post-decision
    7. 7. Pre Application Stage Proposals @ 9 April 2010 Number Waste combustion plant 2 Biomass power plant 1 Wind Farm 6 Nuclear Power Station 4 Railfreight interchange 1 Highway/road improvements 3 Offshore wind farm 5 Gas power station 1 National Grid Connection or Line 3 Gas Pipeline 1 Waste water facility 1 TOTAL 28
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    9. 9. Pre-application: Adviser <ul><li>Procedural advice </li></ul><ul><li>Information re. Land tenure and occupation: 14 days deadline </li></ul><ul><li>Consultation responses: 28 days </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-entry surveys and compensation claims </li></ul><ul><li>Early alert to compulsory acquisition </li></ul>
    10. 10. 2. Acceptance by IPC <ul><li>IPC time period 28 days to accept or reject on grounds of adequate consultation and quality </li></ul><ul><li>First proposal scheduled for submission 30 March 2010 </li></ul>
    11. 11. Rookery South, Bedfordshire Waste Combustion Plant, 65 MW, Bedfordshire <ul><li>Developer’s Artist’s Impression </li></ul>
    12. 12. 3. Pre-Examination: Adviser <ul><li>Register as an ‘interested party’ </li></ul><ul><li>Make ‘relevant representation’ </li></ul><ul><li>Initial representations – in outline </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Principal arguments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NOT merits of NPS, compensation issues </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Respond to published representations: 21 days </li></ul><ul><li>Preliminary meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Clarify role: representative, expert witness </li></ul><ul><li>Working up detailed representations </li></ul>
    13. 13. 4. Examination: Adviser <ul><li>Preparation of detailed submissions: 28 days </li></ul><ul><li>Preliminary hearings: procedures, requests for expert witness </li></ul><ul><li>Respond to other submissions: 21 days </li></ul><ul><li>Hearings: representative or expert witness </li></ul><ul><li>Request compulsory acquisition hearing </li></ul><ul><li>Respond to local authority Local Impact Report </li></ul><ul><li>Land Acquisition negotiations </li></ul><ul><li>Resolution of acquisition issues via ADR or Compulsory Acquisition Hearings </li></ul>
    14. 14. 5. Decision: Adviser <ul><li>Current Status of National Policy Statements </li></ul>
    15. 15. 6. Post-decision <ul><li>Legal challenge </li></ul>
    16. 16. .. And what IPC does not cover: <ul><li>Infrastructure below the NSIP thresholds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lower voltage electricity lines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local highways </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smaller pipelines etc etc </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Proposals covered by Hybrid Bill proposals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eg HS2, the high-speed London-Birmingham rail link </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. HS2 <ul><li>Hybrid Bill Procedures? </li></ul><ul><li>Bill to Parliament in 2014? </li></ul><ul><li>Construction starts in 2019? </li></ul>
    18. 18. Political Outlook <ul><li>Labour </li></ul><ul><li>Conservative </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning Green Paper: Open Source Planning, Feb 2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Latest: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>IPC to become part of Planning Inspectorate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decision-making by ministers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Procedures retained </li></ul></ul>
    19. 19. Contact Details <ul><li>For in-house CPD programmes, organisational consultancy, strategy facilitation and more: </li></ul><ul><li> [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>01952 815305 </li></ul><ul><li> 0789 000 1235 </li></ul><ul><li> 01952 814783 </li></ul><ul><li> Harper Adams University College, Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB </li></ul>