Promoters, local authorities, statutory consultees and consultants get together this month (10-11 February) to hear advice and updates from the Planning Inspectorate and those organisations that have been granted Development Consent Orders (DCO).
This month, the annual Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) Application Master Class will be taking place in London. This key event for the major infrastructure sector brings the industry together to hear the latest case studies and updates on applying for development consent using the Planning Act 2008.
The two-day event will address a number of topics relating to the DCO application process, providing the latest updates on the pre-application stage, including a detailed look at how to conduct an environmental impact assessment for an NSIP, as well as advice on how to prepare for, and approach, the examination stage.
The Planning Inspectorate will update on recent changes to the process and a stakeholder panel debate of representatives from local authorities, the Environment Agency and the Marine Management Organisation will share best advice on how to engage with statutory consultees. In addition, delegates will also hear case studies from project developers, including Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay, Scottish Power and the Highways Agency.
Among the attendees, there are a number of developers that currently have projects at pre-application stage such as E.ON, Horizon, TfL, Scottish Power, SPEN, Tidal Lagoon Power, Vattenfall and Western Power Distribution.