Planning Act 2008

 

586: South Hook gets consent and JR news

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the latest nationally significant infrastructure project to be granted consent, and news on judicial review.

585: was that the end of special parliamentary procedure?

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the outcome of the latest special parliamentary procedure.

584: first application made to change a DCO

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the first time an application has been made to amend a development consent order.

583: Planning (Wales) Bill starts legislative journey

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the introduction of the Planning (Wales) Bill to the Welsh Assembly.

582: local authority NSIP experience

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on local authorities that have had nationally significant infrastructure project applications in their areas.

581: another NSIP decision and more good documentation

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the latest nationally significant infrastructure project decision and more examples of recommended documentation.

580: a new decision and miscellaneous NSIP application news

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on miscellaneous happenings with applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects.

579: technical consultation on planning drawing to a close

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the 'technical consultation on planning', focusing on infrastructure planning.

578 - the first 25 NSIP decisions

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on what we can learn from 25 decisions issued under the Planning Act 2008 regime.

577: two days, three consents

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the outcome of three development consent order applications published on Thursday and Friday.

576: offshore NSIP plans can shrink

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on regulations allowing plans for nationally significant infrastructure projects to be at a smaller scale offshore.

575: how short can NSIP examinations get?

By Angus Walker

Today's entry looks at the time examinations of nationally significant infrastructure project applications are taking.

574: immediate publication of applications as A556 project consented

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the switch to immediate publication of applications and the 22nd development consent decision.

573: NSIP judicial reviews drag on

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on delays to consented (and refused) nationally significant infrastructure projects.

572: which NSIPs use the Planning Act regime?

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the types of nationally significant infrastructure project using the Planning Act 2008 regime.

570: An Taisce loses Hinkley case at the Court of Appeal but may fight on

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the outcome of the judicial review challenge in the Court of Appeal to the granting of consent for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.

569: click and collect and one-stop shops: lengthy planning consultation issued

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on a lengthy and wide-ranging planning consultation, including questions about the Planning Act 2008 regime.

568: DCO applications - the charts

By Angus Walker

Today's entry sets out some of the statistics surrounding applications under the Planning Act 2008 in graphical form.

567: Planning Act 2008 to be extended to radioactive waste disposal

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the proposed extension of the Planning Act 2008 regime to a geological disposal facility for radioactive waste.

565: a reshuffle and Rampion

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the recent ministerial reshuffle and consent being granted for the Rampion offshore windfarm.

564: DIRFT III is 20th DCO decision

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the granting of development consent for the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal extension.

562: Infrastructure Bill changes explained as committee stage starts

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on further explanation of the changes to the Planning Act 2008 regime in the Infrastructure Bill at the start of its committee stage in the House of Lords.

561: 80 local impact reports submitted by councils

By Angus Walker

Today's entry examines the 'Local Impact Report', a key document that forms part of the Planning Act 2008 regime.

554: application made for 50th NSIP

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the application for the 50th nationally significant infrastructure project.

553: PINS publishes pre-application prospectus

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the publication of a document describing the Planning Inspectorate's service for prospective applicants under the Planning Act 2008.

551: quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Inspecting the inspectors

By Angus Walker

Today's entry analyses the inspectors that have been appointed to examine nationally significant infrastructure project applications.

550: first business or commercial project to use Planning Act regime

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the issuing of the first direction that a non-infrastructure project can use the Planning Act 2008 regime.

548: first example of good documentation published

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the publication of the first example of a recommended application document.

547: electricity generation outlook

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on whether the 'energy crunch' is getting nearer or receding. One and two years ago I looked at whether new electricity generation was coming on stream fast enough to match a combination of increased demand and old generation being switched off. What does the picture look like now?

546: 2014 review proposals published to round off Infrastructure Week

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the government's proposals to implement the 2014 review of the Planning Act 2008, published on Friday.

545: Conservatives to take onshore wind farms out of Planning Act regime

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on an announcement about onshore wind farms by the Conservative Party this morning.

544: no new energy projects in infrastructure list

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on an announcement on infrastructure projects by the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer.

543: Preesall reconsideration process launched

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the process for reconsidering a decision on a development consent order after it has been quashed in the High Court.

540: first NSIP opens and other project news

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the first nationally significant infrastructure project to open for business, amongst other news.

538: wagging the dog - development consent orders and tailpieces

By Angus Walker

Today's entry explores the ability to vary nationally significant infrastructure projects within the scope of a development consent order.

534: All Planning Act judicial review decisions appealed

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the status of judicial reviews of decisions under the Planning Act 2008.

532: Four years of Planning Act 2008 Applications

By Angus Walker

Today's entry analyses four years of applications being made under the Planning Act 2008 regime.

531: PINS keeps a clean sheet in Thames Tideway Tunnel examination

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on extensions to Planning Act application timetables, given the recent news on the Thames Tideway Tunnel.

529: local authority charging for NSIP advice

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on a local authority setting out its rates for charging for non-statutory advice on nationally significant infrastructure projects.

528: judicial review reforms may change as UK loses on 'prohibitively expensive'

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on an EU judgement on whether the UK complies with the law on environmental litigiation not being 'prohibitively expensive'.

527: four spades in the ground

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on what has happened to projects consented under the Planning Act 2008 regime.

526: Rookery challenge lost and other NSIP news

By Angus Walker

Today's entry is a round-up of significant developments on nationally significant infrastructure projects.

525: planning chamber becomes planning court in JR proposals

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the outcome of the second judicial review consultation that took place late last year.

522: second edition of Planning Act book published

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the publication of the second edition of a book on the Planning Act 2008 regime written by lawyers at Bircham Dyson Bell.

521: 2014 review consultation draws to a close

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reflects on the last day of consultation on the '2104 review' of the Planning Act 2008.

519: DCO or hybrid bill for next runway

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the current state of proposals for the next runway in the UK.

517: Environment Agency to charge for some DCO advice

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on an announcement by the Environment Agency to formalise its charging for certain advice on Planning Act 2008 and other projects.

515: An Taisce loses challenge to Hinkley Point C consent

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the unsuccessful challenge to the grant of development consent for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.

513: infrastructure planning review of 2013 and a competition

By Angus Walker

Today's entry looks back at the infrastructure planning developments of 2013.

512: shortlist of first nationally significant airport projects published

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the publication of the interim report of the Airports Commission.

tags: airports

511: compulsory pre-application consultation introduced for tiny wind farms

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the first example of compulsory pre-application consultation being applied to projects below the thresholds in the Planning Act 2008.

510: autumn statement nearly echoes National Infrastructure Plan

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the implications of the Autumn Statement for infrastructure, plus a bit on Hinkley Point C.

507: Court of Appeal ends claim and other infrastructure project news

Today's entry is a round-up of news on nationally significant infrastructure project applications.

506: the Planning Act 2008 is five today

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the fifth anniversary of the Planning Act 2008.

505: 46 changes made to Hinkley Point C DCO

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on a second 'correction order', for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station development consent order.

504: Davey takes control of cross-border energy projects

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the choice of a national competent authority for cross-border energy projects.

503: ch-ch-changes - can they be made to infrastructure projects post application?

By Angus Walker

Today's entry considers the ability to make changes to projects after applications have been made.

502: too much information - improving Planning Act document navigation

By Angus Walker

Today's entry discusses the presentation of written materials on the Planning Inspectorate website.

501: the reps factor - how objections dwindle on infrastructure projects

By Angus Walker

Today's entry looks at 'written representations' compared with 'relevant representations'.

500: Planning Act blog gets old

By Angus Walker

Today's entry self-indulgently looks back at the Planning Act blog to mark its 500th post.

499: packing but not fracking - business and commercial project legislation published

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the publication of legislation to extend the Planning Act 2008 regime to business and commercial projects.

498: planning red tape challenge proposals published

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the publication of the government's proposals following the 'red tape challenge'.

497: Greenpeace drops Hinkley challenge and other JR news

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the current status of the judicial reviews of Planning Act 2008 decisions.

496: government scrutinises the Planning Act 2008

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on a 'post legislative scrutiny' analysis of the Planning Act 2008 regime.

495: how to keep track of Planning Act regime changes

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the ever-changing landscape of Planning Act legislation, guidance and advice.

494: strike price agreed as Hinkley challenges loom

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the agreement of a 'strike price' for nuclear energy and the latest on judicial reviews.

493: final light touch review document published as 2014 review readies

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the end of the light touch review of Planning Act guidance and the imminent start of the 2014 review.

492: EU announces 'projects of common interest' to use Planning Act-like regime

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on a European Union announcement of energy projects that will use a speeded-up consenting regime.

491: the pre-examination examination - emerging infrastructure application practice

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the growing practice of asking for further information before the start of the examination into a Planning Act application.

490: life begins at 40 - has the Planning Act reached steady state?

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the 40th project to be applied for under the Planning Act 2008 regime.

489: promoter wins first Planning Act judicial review

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the outcome of the first challenge to a decision under the Planning Act 2008.

488: infrastructure at the party conferences

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on infrastructure-related developments at the party conferences.

487: neighbourhood planning slow and becoming anti-development

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on progress with neighbourhood planning, introduced by the Localism Act 2011.

485: CBI members urge one stop shop and NPSs in survey

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the CBI's annual survey of infrastructure perceptions.

484: government consults on buying and selling habitats

Today's entry reports on a consultation the government has launched on a trading system for offsetting the ecological impacts of developments.

483: nuclear waste to be added to Planning Act 2008 regime

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on a consultation from the Department for Energy and Climate Change on the long-term storage of nuclear waste.

482: super sewer on the big stage

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on yesterday's preliminary meeting for the Thames Tideway Tunnel - and another preliminary meeting the previous day.

481: local authorities can't challenge DCOs and other judicial review proposals

By Angus Walker

Today's entry looks at a further consulation aimed at speeding up - and weeding out - planning and other judicial review challenges.

479: light touch review of infrastructure planning guidance ends

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the publication of the final revised guidance document associated with the Planning Act 2008 regime.

478: first amendment to a Development Consent Order

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the first time that a Development Consent Order has been amended.

476: MIEU publishes first habitats evidence plan for infrastructure projects

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the publication of the first evidence plan by the Major Infrastructure and Environment Unit.

475: EU recommends planning changes as UK lags in renewable energy

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the European Union's critique of the United Kingdom economy as it relates to infrastructure planning.

474: highway and railway thresholds go up

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the implementation of changes to the highway and railway thresholds for Planning Act projects.

473: welcome to the 2014 Review of the Planning Act - in 2013

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the forthcoming '2014 review' of the Planning Act 2008 consenting regime.

472: nothing earth-shattering in fracking guidance

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the issuing of planning guidance on shale gas extraction and a consultation on tax incentives for it. It should be a useful round-up of the latest developments in the regulation of this nascent but rapidly developing industry.

471: ninth National Policy Statement designated as transport policy inches forwards

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the designation of the ninth National Policy Statement, on hazardous waste, and movement on transport policy.

470: four years of blogging on the Planning Act 2008

By Angus Walker

Today's entry looks back on the last four years of blogging on the Planning Act 2008, and forwards.

469: government issues Planning Act costs awards guidance

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the issuing of new Planning Act guidance, on awards of costs.

468: two DCOs approved in one day to bring total to 10

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the approval of a wind farm and hazardous waste facility yesterday.

467: how long DCO applications are taking

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the length of time applications under the Planning Act 2008 are taking so far.

466: no steady state yet in PINS annual report

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the recently published 2012-13 annual report of the Planning Inspectorate.

465: Greenpeace challenges cost of nuclear National Policy Statement JR

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on a challenge by Greenpeace that its judicial review of the Nuclear Power National Policy Statement was prohibitively expensive.

464: how £100bn will be spent on infrastructure

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the government's infrastructure announcements that formed part of the 'Spending Round 2013'.

463: more of Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 in force

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the coming into force of parts of the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013.

461: first Planning Act threshold raised

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the first raising of a Planning Act threshold to come into force, on electric lines.

459: when the spinning stops - onshore wind turbine planning changes

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the announcement to make changes to consideration of applications for onshore wind farms.

458: Hazardous Waste National Policy Statement finally gets laid

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the laying before Parliament of the ninth National Policy Statement.

457: sixteen grounds for judicial reviews of Planning Act decisions

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the grounds of claim for recent judicial reviews of decisions made under the Planning Act 2008.

456: two more Planning Act 2008 guidance documents finalised

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the publication of finalised replacement guidance on application forms and fees.

455: Planning Act 2008 regime summary as of 31 May 2013

By Angus Walker

Today's entry is a summary of the regime for authorising major infrastructure projects introduced by the Planning Act 2008, amended by the Localism Act 2011 and the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013.

454: IMF wants streamlined infrastructure consenting

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on what this week's IMF assessment of the UK economy means for infrastructure.

453: regional strategies finally die today (except for four policies)

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the revocation of the last three regional strategies, nearly three years after the government first attempted to do this.

452: final highway and railway threshold changes announced

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the outcome of the consultation to review the highway and railway thresholds in the Planning Act 2008.

451: Growth and Infrastructure Act commencement news

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on when and how changes introduced by the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 will be brought into force.

450: judicial review reform pulls in both directions

By Angus Walker

Today's entry contrasts the moves to reform judicial review time limits and challenges with those to cap liability for costs.

449: Boles overshadows bills and balls at NIPA conference

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on yesterday's annual conference of the National Infrastructure Planning Association.

448: four Planning Act 2008 judicial reviews launched in one week

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the issuing of four separate judicial review proceedings against the publication of three recent development consent orders issued under the Planning Act 2008.

447: say hello to the PINS Consents Service Unit

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the launch of the Planning Inspectorate's Consents Service Unit.

446: second and third replacement Planning Act guidance issued

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the replacement of guidance on examinations and associated development.

445: introducing the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports that the Growth and Infrastructure Bill has finally completed its passage through Parliament and will become the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 today.

444: don't Pannick - Growth and Infrastructure Bill suffers again

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on continuing disagreements in Parliament on the Growth and Infrastructure Bill.

442: Growth and Infrastructure Bill pings, but will it pong?

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the latest stage of the Growth and Infrastructure Bill's passage through Parliament and another couple of snippets on Planning Act regime tweaks.

441: BIM - the next big thing for major projects

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the coming of Building Information Modelling.

440: first Planning Act 2008 application to be refused

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the first decision to refuse an application made under the Planning Act 2008.

439: the National Planning Policy Framework one year on

By Angus Walker

Today's entry looks at the effect of the National Planning Policy Framework after a year of operation.

438: three infrastructure regulations about to change

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on changes to three sets of regulations under the Planning Act 2008 coming into force this Saturday.

436: hitting the gas - how resilient is the UK's supply?

By Angus Walker

Today's entry analyses the UK's resilience to high gas demand.

435: what the aspiration budget means for infrastructure

By Angus Walker

Today's entry analyses yesterday's budget and accompanying documentation for their effect on infrastructure.

tags: budget

434: Hinkley Point C nuclear power station and Heysham to M6 Link Road given consent

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the approval of the applications to build and operate the Heysham to M6 Link Road in Lancashire and the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset.

433: nine out of ten - what the HS2 judgment means

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the outcome of the five combined judicial reviews of the decision to go ahead with High Speed 2 (phase 1).

432: peers debate £460,000 question and other infrastructure amendments

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on last night's debate on the infrastructure provisions of the Growth and Infrastructure Bill and a flurry of related documents that have been published.

431: infrastructure project decision time as NID becomes MAP

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the latest progress on nationally significant infrastructure project applications, and changes to the management of the Planning Inspectorate.

429: UK doesn't like proposed EIA changes

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on proposed changes to the regime of environmental impact assessment and the attitude of the UK government to them.

428: Rookery SPP over as Thames Tideway Tunnel application made

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on one project's emergence from the Planning Act regime as the largest application to date is made.

427: are peers fracked off for the wrong reasons?

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on growing concern about the Growth and Infrastructure Bill's business and commercial project provision.

426: dim outlook for electricity generation?

By Angus Walker

Today's entry analyses whether the energy crunch is advancing or receding.

425: first wind farm approved under Planning Act regime

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the approval of the Kentish Flats wind farm extension

424: 500 days later - Rookery South special parliamentary procedure to finish

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the completion of special parliamentary procedure for the first application to be given consent under the Planning Act 2008.

423: Planning Act 2008 regime summary as of 12 February 2013

By Angus Walker

Today's entry is a summary of the regime for authorising major infrastructure projects introduced by the Planning Act 2008.

422: SPP to continue to apply to live applications

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the proposals for bringing into force the infrastructure provisions of the Growth and Infrastructure Bill.

421: Lords Committee - some movement on infrastructure amendments

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the House of Lords' consideration of the infrastructure amendments to the Growth and Infrastructure Bill.

419: House of Lords infrastructure amendment showdown lowdown

By Angus Walker

Today's entry analyses the infrastructure amendments to the Growth and Infrastructure Bill due to be debated in the House of Lords.

418: High Speed Two - government proffers two fingers to the north of England

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the announcement of the second phase of the High Speed Two rail project.

416: everybody needs good neighbours - consulting the right local authorities

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the importance of consulting the correct local authorities before making an application under the Planning Act 2008.

415: fee simple - split views on examination costs

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the disagreement between some project promoters and the Planning Inspectorate over how fees should be charged for Planning Act applications.

414: Planning Act regime given cautious approval at conference

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on a conference on the Planning Act regime where it received a qualified endorsement.

413: Paterson moots credits for newts

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the Environment Secretary's suggestion to offset environmental harm from infrastructure developments.

412: first Planning Act replacement guidance finalised

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the publication of the first replacement guidance for the Planning Act regime, for the pre-application process.

411: House of Lords peers at Growth and Infrastructure Bill

Today's entry reports on yesterday's second reading debate on the Growth and Infrastructure Bill in the House of Lords.

409: Growth and Infrastructure Bill passes Commons as Rookery SPP gets somewhere

By Angus Walker

Today's entry looks at progress on both the Growth and Infrastructure Bill and the Rookery South energy from waste project.

407: Planning Act blog Christmas champage competition

By Angus Walker

Today's entry sees the return of the long-awaited Christmas champagne competition.

406: more Planning Act amendments that will and won't happen

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on further amendments proposed to the Planning Act 2008 in Parliament yesterday, with varying prospects of success.

405: how long does a Planning Act application take?

By Angus Walker

Today's entry examines the time taken for each stage of an application under the Planning Act 2008.

404: it's a hard road - who benefits from autumn statement

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on what yesterday's autumn statement does for infrastructure.

401: two Planning Act consultations launched as certification reduced

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on two consultations to amend the Planning Act and secondary legislation launched yesterday.

400: Planning Act 2008 fourth anniversary progress report

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the fourth anniversary of the Planning Act 2008 receiving royal assent, rather neatly coinciding with the four hundredth blog entry.

399: Prime Minister declares war on judicial review

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the announcements to make judicial review more difficult yesterday.

398: one stop shop consultation coming as government assesses impacts

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on a forthcoming consultation on combining consents and an impact assessment of the Growth and Infrastructure Bill.

397: Growth and Infrastructure Bill committee stage - all the details

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the House of Commons Committee Stage of the Growth and Infrastructure Bill, which starts today.

396: former civil servant reveals NPS wrangling

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the publication of a behind-the-scenes analysis of the Planning Act regime.

395: Growth and Infrastructure Bill - sparkler or damp squib?

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the second reading of the Growth and Infrastructure Bill.

394: Heseltine Review apes existing policy on infrastructure

By Angus Walker

Today's entry looks at Lord Heseltine's review published on Wednesday.

392: growth bill delays light touch review results

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on a delay to the results of the light touch review of Planning Act guidance documentation.

391: second Network Rail NSIP approved as Rookery South inches forwards

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the race to be the first project to emerge from the Planning Act regime.

390: Carnwath calls for specialist court at NIPA dinner

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on Lord Carnwath's speech at the first NIPA annual dinner.

389: what the Growth and Infrastructure Bill does for infrastructure - and employment

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the publication of the government's Growth and Infrastructure Bill.

388: government consults on raising electric line threshold as minister talks of expansion

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the launch of a consultation to amend the nationally significant infrastructure threshold for electric lines and ministerial comments on developments that could be added to the regime.

386: infrastructure project stats update

By Angus Walker

Today's entry looks at the current progress of the applications that have been made under the Planning Act 2008 to date.

385: how the government will reform the infrastructure planning regime

By Angus Walker

Today's entry is an explanation of how the government is intending to implement the infrastructure planning reforms announced on 6 September.

384: yet another infrastructure commission launched

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the launch of another infrastructure body, this time at the Labour Party conference.

tags: labour

383: analysis of Planning Act project thresholds (3)

By Angus Walker

Today's entry is the final look at the current thresholds in the Planning Act 2008 for nationally significant infrastructure projects.

382: introducing new infrastructure forum NIPSEF

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the launch of a new government-sponsored infrastructure forum.

tags: NIPSEF

381: analysis of Planning Act project thresholds (2)

By Angus Walker

Today's entry looks at the current Planning Act thresholds for transport projects.

380: Hinkley Point C examination closes

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the application for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset.

379: Chief Secretary signals threshold lowering in infrastructure bill debate

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the second reading of the Infrastructure (Financial Assistance) Bill.

378: analysis of Planning Act project thresholds (1)

By Angus Walker

Today's entry looks at the effectiveness of the current Planning Act thresholds.

377: Secretary of State decides first infrastructure project as regime review signalled

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the first decision by a Secretary of State on a Planning Act project and a statement from Eric Pickles indicating changes to be made to the regime.

376: what the reshuffle means for infrastructure

By Angus Walker

Today's entry looks at yesterday's front bench reshuffle.

375: infrastructure hits headlines as Parliament reconvenes

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on plans to boost infrastructure reported in the Sunday papers.

374: 20 infrastructure applications in 30 months

By Angus Walker

Today's entry marks the 20th Planning Act application to be made as the regime clocks up 2 1/2 years.

373: housing may be added to infrastructure regime

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the possibility of housing being considered a nationally significant infrastructure project.

372: referendum on infrastructure project runs into difficulties

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on attempts to hold a referendum on a nationally significant infrastructure project.

371: new bill expected for planning reform as government solicits ideas

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on a possible new bill in Parliament and an internal government consultation on planning reform.

370: ten infrastructure projects under examination

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the increasing number of nationally significant infrastructure project applications.

369: infrastructure project progress - slow, slow, quick, quick, slow

By Angus Walker

Today's entry is a round-up of news on some selected larger infrastructure projects - and a late National Policy Statement.

368: UK Guarantees infrastructure funding, or does it?

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on yesterday's announcement setting up 'UK Guarantees'.

366: special parliamentary procedure to double infrastructure application times

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on news that the first infrastructure project to undergo the post-decision process of special parliamentary procedure will take more than twice as long to be authorised as a result.

365: final report of the Infrastructure Planning Commission

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the publication of the final annual report of the Infrastructure Planning Commission.

364: Light touch review consultation closing - what they're saying

By Angus Walker

Today's entry marks the end of the consultation on the light touch review of Planning Act guidance and what the responses are likely to be.

363: infrastructure application practice notes

By Angus Walker

Today's entry is a round-up of miscellaneous developments relating to infrastructure applications that will be of interest to those involved in other projects.

362: Planning Act infrastructure categories extended to include Thames Tunnel

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the first general extension to categories of nationally significant infrastructure project.

361: first project upgraded into Planning Act regime

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the first project to be brought within the Planning Act regime after an application for it to be 'upgraded' was granted.

360: notes on an issue-specific hearing

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on an issue specific hearing into the drafting of a Development Consent Order and the requirements it contains.

359: Localism Act 2011 almost all in force as regional strategies hang on

By Angus Walker

Today's entry looks at what of the Localism Act 2011 is now coming into force and what is still left to come into force.

358: report says planning contributing to infrastructure project costs

By Angus Walker

Today's entry looks at a report aiming to drive down the costs of infrastructure, addressing planning amongst other causes.

356: what price good design of infrastructure projects?

By Angus Walker

Today's entry is about the extent to which good design should be a feature of nationally significant infrastructure projects.

355: Planning Act projects at a glance

By Angus Walker

Today's entry is for reference purposes - tables of the status of live applications, forthcoming applications and (for whatever reason) concluded applications. I will keep it updated.

354: infrastructure Bills - with space for SPP removal?

By Angus Walker

Two of the main Parliamentary Bills affecting infrastructure from the Queen's Speech have now been published.  Today's entry considers them in a bit more detail, plus a recent CBI report on infrastructure funding.

353: notes on a preliminary meeting

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on what was the tenth preliminary meeting to be held so far under the Planning Act regime.

352: Planning Act 2008 / Localism Act 2011 summary at 25 May 2012

By Angus Walker

Today's entry is a summary of the regime for authorising major infrastructure projects introduced by the Planning Act 2008 and amended by the Localism Act 2011.

351: PINS drops national infrastructure guidance

Today's entry reports on the current status of standards, guidance and advice relating to the Planning Act 2008 regime.

350: Thames Water digs in on super sewer

Today's entry reports on the results of the second round of consultation on the Thames Tunnel.

349: mammoth Local Impact Report published for Hinkley Point C

Today's entry reports on the publication of Local Impact Reports for the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.

348: NIPA pronounces on infrastructure

Today's entry reports on the first annual conference of the National Infrastructure Planning Association, NIPA.

347: the Queen's Speech and infrastructure

Today's entry reports on what the Queen's Speech means for infrastructure.

346: certification, Belgians and other developing Planning Act practice

Today's entry reports on some developing practice under the Planning Act regime that will be of interest to those involved in projacts (I hope).

345: Rookery South to continue in Parliament as procedure criticised

Today's entry reports on the latest stage of special parliamentary procedure being undergone by the Development Consent Order (DCO) for the proposed Rookery South energy from waste project in Bedfordshire being promoted by Covanta Energy.

344: changes to Hinkley Point C application allowed

Today's entry reports on a decision to accept changes to the Hinkley Point C application.

342: government reports on review of infrastructure costs

Today's entry looks at the government's steps to drive down infrastructure costs. The government is concerned that infrastructure costs more to develop in the UK than elsewhere.

340: government launches light touch review of Planning Act regime

On Friday the government launched the awaited minor review of the Planning Act regime - a major one will take place in early 2014.  This so-called 'light touch review' is in fact only a review of guidance

339: DCO applications can include alternatives

Today's entry reports on the ability to include alternatives in an application for a Development Consent Order.

338: the new world of infrastructure planning

On Sunday 1 April, a new world of infrastructure planning and authorisation was born.  The world shook, the dust settled, and the day passed as uneventfully as the government could have hoped.

337: the Infrastructure Planning Commission, an obituary

By Angus Walker

Today's entry marks the passing of the Infrastructure Planning Commission.

336: the NPPF and major infrastructure

By Angus Walker

Yesterday was a rare day when planning made the main headlines, thanks to the publication of the final version of the National Planning Policy Framework.

335: agencies sign up to speed up consenting as another NPS is designated

By Angus Walker

Today's entry looks at progress on secondary consents and the designation of the Waste Water National Policy Statement.

334: Special Parliamentary Procedure to be pruned and other budget day news

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the implications of the budget documentation for infrastructure planning and authorisation.

333: Cameron embraces 'magic' infrastructure

By Angus Walker

In a pre-budget speech at the Institute of Civil Engineers yesterday, Prime Minister David Cameron gave a speech extolling the virtues of infrastructure.

332: publish full suite of National Policy Statements

By Angus Walker

Before what is likely to be a busy day on Wednesday, this blog entry suggests that the originally intended suite of National Policy Statements should be continued with.

331: Thames Tunnel - what's in the pipeline

By Angus Walker

Today's entry is a timely update of various matters relating to the proposed Thames Tunnel.

330: seamless transition from IPC takes shape

By Angus Walker

Today's entry looks at various practical matters relating to the abolition of the Infrastructure Planning Commission on 1 April.

329: yet more of Localism Act 2011 commencing, including planning

By Angus Walker

Today's entry explains the effect of the latest Localism Act commencement order and what is yet to be brought into force.

328: it's official - IPC will be no more on 1 April

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the laying before Parliament of an order removing references to the Infrastructure Planning Commission from secondary legislation.

327: Planning Act 2008 - changes afoot

Today's entry reports on a forthcoming series of small scale reviews (and one large scale review) of aspects of the Planning Act regime.  Although the regime is not changing significantly over the next couple of years, there are a series of changes coming up that it is worth knowing about.

326: many local authority road schemes should be using Planning Act

Today's entry considers whether the promoters of some highway projects are unaware that the Planning Act regime applies to them.

325: learn more about the Planning Act regime

By Angus Walker

It is just possible that this blog doesn't sate your appetite for information about infrastructure planning and authorisation. This entry looks at some of the other resources available.

324: make pre-application consultation easier

By Angus Walker

Today's entry looks at making it easier for promoters to identify pre-application consultees. This is the third in a series of entries leading up to the second anniversary of when the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) started to be responsible for applications for infrastructure on 1 March 2010. This article deals with pre-application consultees. The previous two entries are here and here.

323: put your hands together for the general power of competence

By Angus Walker

Today's entry looks at making it easier for promoters to identify pre-application consultees. This is the third in a series of entries leading up to the second anniversary of when the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) started to be responsible for applications for infrastructure on 1 March 2010. This article deals with pre-application consultees. The previous two entries are here and here.

322: leave to appeal granted on whether temporary accommodation counts as dwellings

By Angus Walker

The Court of Appeal has agreed to hear a case on whether temporary accommodation counts as 'dwellings' and therefore can't be part of an application under the Planning Act 2008. This relates to the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station but has implications for all large infrastructure projects.

321: IPC goes for experience for Hinkley Point and other project news

By Angus Walker

Today's entry is an update on nationally significant infrastructure projects being considered by the Infrastructure Planning Commission.

320: Waste Water NPS finalised as Thames Tunnel consultation ends

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the publication of a revised Waste Water National Policy Statement, and the end of consultation on the Thames Tunnel.

319: make changes to Planning Act 2008 (DCO) applications easier

By Angus Walker

This is the second in a series of entries with suggestions for how the Planning Act regime could be improved, as it approaches its second anniversary on 1 March. The subject of this entry is making changes to applications after they have been made.

318: Planning Act 2008 / Localism Act 2011 summary at 3 February 2012

By Angus Walker

Today's entry is a summary of the regime for authorising major infrastructure projects introduced by the Planning Act 2008 and amended by the Localism Act 2011.

317: Will there be any more IPC applications?

By Angus Walker

The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) has received 13 applications in its lifetime so far (the latest today), and we now know that it will live for 25 months altogether - 23 down, two to go. Will it receive any more in those last two months? After that, of course, they won't be 'IPC applications', they will be 'NID applications' (National Infrastructure Directorate) or perhaps more accurately and consistently 'DCO applications' (Development Consent Order).

316: IPC and NID start to plan handover arrangements

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on moves towards the abolition of the Infrastructure Planning Commission. The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) currently receives, examines, and in the case of energy and now in theory ports projects, decides applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects.

315: seventh National Policy Statement designated

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the designation of the Ports National Policy Statement. National Policy Statements (NPSs) are the cornerstone of the Planning Act regime: they set out the need for nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs), the impacts that promoters should address when preparing applications, and the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) should assess when considering applications. Shortly after the Planning Act 2008 was enacted, a programme of twelve NPSs was announced covering a variety of types of project (the government's first Planning Act 'route map' no longer exists on line, but we have saved a hard copy).

314: Greenpeace loses nuclear power JR as 1200 Hinkley representations made

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the Nuclear Power National Policy Statement and Hinkley Point C application. Greenpeace launched a judicial review of the Nuclear Power National Policy Statement (NPS), the only challenge made to any of the six energy NPSs after they were designated (brought into force) on 19 July 2011.

313: Planning Act regime goes international

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the influence of the Planning Act regime on Europe and vice versa. Consulting Europe - The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) has published a notice that one of the applications it has recently accepted might have environmental effects on other EU countries. It considers that the proposed Galloper wind farm off the Suffolk coast might affect France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark.

312: Planning Act regime - are other consents necessary?

By Angus Walker

Today's entry calls for other consents to be folded into the Planning Act regime. The Planning Act regime is approaching its second anniversary, and there is now a reasonable amount of experience to draw on. Here is the first of a series of entries with suggestions for how the regime could be improved.

311: more of Localism Act 2011 comes into force

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on further provisions of the Localism Act coming into force. The Localism Act received royal assent on 15 November. Some of its provisions came into force immediately and some were programmed to come into force two months after royal assent, i.e. yesterday. The rest comes into force at a time of the government's choosing. In fact there has been one such 'commencement order' already.

310: busy new year for IPC but where is the pipeline?

Today's entry reports on progress with live and up-and-coming Infrastructure Planning Commission projects.'Live' projects - Yesterday, the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) accepted its eleventh application for examination.

309: UK resists further infrastructure authorisation streamlining by the EU

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the latest progress with EU proposals to streamline the energy consenting process. Back in October, the European Commission issued a series of proposed regulations on energy, transport and communications networks. The energy regulation (although not the other two) proposed a streamlined consenting procedure for major projects that is stricter than the current Planning Act regime.

308: infrastructure planning - what's coming in 2012, and a survey

This blog entry looks forward to what is in the pipeline in the world of infrastructure planning, the mirror image of the previous entry. National Policy Statements - In January, we should see some progress on National Policy Statements (NPSs). The Ports NPS should get the rest of its debate in the House of Commons and be finalised ('designated') and the long-awaited National Networks NPS (covering road, rail and rail freight projects) should be published in draft for consultation at last.

307: Planning Act roundup - 11 firsts for 2011

Today's entry looks back on the events of 2011. In this, the last blog entry of 2011, I take a look back at the events of 2011. While others may focus on such minor events as the Arab Spring, the death of Bin Laden, the UK riots or the Eurozone crisis, I will of course be focusing on the planning and authorisation of infrastructure in the UK.

306: MPs criticise another National Policy Statement

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on a select committee report on a draft National Policy Statement. If the number of consultation responses on the draft Hazardous Waste National Policy Statement (NPS) is anything to go by, this blog post will not be one of the most popular. However, (note DfT-approved placement) some of the recommendations made by a select committee are of general interest and application, so it's worth reading on even if you are not into hazardous waste.

305: Neill nudges IPC to allow changes

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on government moves on allowing post-submission changes to applications. One of the issues that makes potential applicants to the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) more nervous than any other is the idea that applications have to be 'right first time'. In other words, all that can happen once an application is made is that it is either granted exactly in that form or refused, and there is no scope for making changes that would reduce adverse impacts, save money etc.

304: Planning Act blog Christmas champagne crossword competition

By Angus Walker

Today's entry contains a seasonal competition to test your Planning Act knowledge. As it is less than two weeks until Christmas, it is time for the (second) annual Planning Act blog Christmas competition, this year in the form of a crossword.

303: NPSs - Not Published Soon

By Angus Walker

The Planning Act regime for authorising nationally significant infrastructure projects is to be amended by the recently enacted Localism Act, most notably to abolish the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC).

302: Planning Act changes - working towards a seamless transition

By Angus Walker

The Planning Act regime for authorising nationally significant infrastructure projects is to be amended by the recently enacted Localism Act, most notably to abolish the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC). IPC, The Planning Act, Planninng Act 2008, Infrastructure, Localism Act 2011

301: First Community Infrastructure Levy in force and who's next

By Angus Walker

What would Robin Hood make of it? Today, Newark and Sherwood District Council becomes the first local authority in the country with a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) in force.

300: How 40 infrastructure projects means many more

By Angus Walker

Yesterday, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne MP, delivered his autumn statement on the nation's finances. To accompany this, Treasury body Infrastructure UK published its second National Infrastructure Plan (NIP). Incidentally, the debate on the Ports National Policy Statement was unfinished yesterday and will be concluded today.

299: Ports and rail freight policy progress

By Angus Walker

There are two developments relating to nationally significant transport projects today, although they will no doubt be completely overshadowed by George Osborne's autumn statement.

298: IPC accepts Hinkley Point application and other NSIP news

By Angus Walker

Today's entry is an update on projects being considered by the Infrastructure Planning Commission. There have been advances on several fronts with respect to applications to the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC).

297: How the Localism Bill was amended on infrastructure

By Angus Walker

The Localism Act 2011 finally entered the statute books last week. What changes were made to it from when it was first introduced in December 2010, to result in the final version?

296: Here is the Localism Act 2011 and what is in force already

By Angus Walker

As predicted in an earlier blog entry, Her Majesty the Queen signed the Localism Act 2011 into law yesterday, her 20th Act of Parliament for 2011 (quite a low number for the time of year). We should now expunge the phrase 'Localism Bill' from our vocabularies and start talking about sections rather than clauses.

295: 29 November key date for infrastructure planning and financing

By Angus Walker

In two weeks' time, the Chancellor George Osborne MP will deliver his autumn statement on the economy, which will be a key date for infrastructure planning and financing.

294: IPC applications pick up at last amid gloomy energy outlook

By Angus Walker

Since March 2010, it has been compulsory for any application to build and operate a nationally significant energy and transport project to be made to the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC). The same become true for waste water projects in April 2011 and hazardous waste projects in October 2011. Planning, IPC, Infrastructure Planning Commission

293: IPC wins Hinkley Point judicial review

By Angus Walker

On Friday, judgment was given in the first judicial review (JR) directly relating to the Planning Act 2008 regime. There was an earlier JR of the previous government's confirmation that it wanted a third runway at Heathrow that relied on the (now not) forthcoming Airports National Policy Statement, but that was only a small part of that case.

292: New Thames Tunnel consultation launched in busy week

By Angus Walker

The Thames Tunnel is a new sewer proposed by Thames Water that would run underneath the Thames from Hammersmith in the west to Abbey Mills in the east, to intercept the 'combined sewer outfalls' (CSOs) on the banks of the Thames so that when they overflow in heavy rain, the rainwater and sewage goes into the tunnel instead of the Thames.

291: Project progress analysis as Hinkley Point application made

By Angus Walker

On Monday, the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) received the long-awaited (and incorrectly pre-empted by Chris Huhne a couple of weeks ago) application from EDF Energy for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset.

290: Special Parliamentary Procedure clause to be amended as Localism Bill nears enactment

By Angus Walker

Today is the Third Reading of the Localism Bill in the House of Lords. Unlike the Commons, amendments can be made at this late stage in the Lords, and the government has used this opportunity to lay a further 80 amendments to the Bill.

289: Roundup - referendums, incinerator dropped, windfarm, NPS progress

By Angus Walker

There have been a few miscellaneous developments with the Planning Act regime and the Localism Bill, so here is a round up before I take a few days' leave this week.

288: EU to spend money on infrastructure with a new authorisation process

By Angus Walker

The European Union is concerned that the single market is not operating effectively because of a lack of integrated energy, transport and digital infrastructure, and is also not moving to a secure, low-carbon energy future quickly enough. Yesterday it launched two new proposed regulations to address this, with an attendant host of new terms and TLAs (three-letter abbreviations) to get used to.

287: Localism Bill nears completion with infrastructure planning debate

By Angus Walker

The Localism Bill is nearing the end of its passage through Parliament, and is being heavily amended as it goes. Yesterday was the final of seven days of 'Report Stage' in the House of Lords.

286: IPC says yes but project may get bogged down in Parliament

By Angus Walker

The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) is the body that since March 2010 has been charged with examining applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects and, since July 2011 deciding energy project applications.

285: Neighbourhood planning mirrors Planning Act

By Angus Walker

In a busy week for infrastructure planning (IPC Decision Day tomorrow!), the government has today launched a consultation on the regulations that put flesh on the bones of the neighbourhood planning regime. They make interesting reading. Neighbourhood Planning Regime, IPC, Infrastructure Planning Commission

284: Huhne says Hinkley Point application made in final Weightman Report debate

By Angus Walker

Following the Fukushima nuclear disaster on 11 March, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Chris Huhne commissioned Dr Mike Weightman, chief nuclear inspector, to establish any lessons to be learned for the UK nuclear programme.

283: Make your representation in 140 characters or fewer?

By Angus Walker

A current pre-application consultation for a nationally significant highway project allows representations to be made via Twitter and Facebook - the first time this has been done. Is this the way of the future?

282: End of transition for Planning Act regime

By Angus Walker

In common with other legislation, the Planning Act regime contains some 'transitional provisions', i.e. where it allows steps already taken when the Act came into force to count towards the new regime. Actually, it only contains two, and one of these expired at the weekend.

281: News on nuclear legal challenges

By Angus Walker

The Planning Act regime for planning and authorising nationally significant infrastructure is currently facing two judicial reviews, one relating to infrastructure planning and the other to authorisation. Here is the latest on each one.

280: Analysis - has the coalition delivered on planning?

By Angus Walker

Back in May 2010, the coalition agreement was drawn up between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, setting out their programme for government. Are they doing what they said they would do?  Here are the planning-related claims and what has happened to date. Planning, Coaltion Agreement, Analysis

279: Further changes to Localism Bill

By Angus Walker

The National Planning Policy Framework controversy has rather eclipsed the other instrument of significant change in the planning sphere - the Localism Bill. This has continued its progress through Parliament with over 180 further amendments either already made to it or in the pipeline.

278: Hazardous waste threshold questioned at Parliamentary hearings

By Angus Walker

The backbone of the new Planning Act regime is the suite of National Policy Statements (NPSs) (when shall I stop calling it new? When the first decision is made next month, perhaps). At the moment six have been finalised ('designated'), all on energy, two have been scrutinised and are awaiting progress (ports - 18 months and counting, waste water) and one is in the process of being scrutinised, hazardous waste.

277: Three more Local Impact Reports published

By Angus Walker

Experience of the Planning Act regime is slowly growing as the first applications work their way through the process. One of the key documents, indeed the only project-specific document not produced by the applicant, that the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) must take into account when it is considering an application is the 'Local Impact Report' (LIR). So far, these seem to be pronounced L.I.R. rather than lyre - or liar.

276: Myths busted - what the National Planning Policy Framework fuss is about

By Angus Walker

Today's entry attempts to explain the controversy surrounding the draft National Planning Policy Framework.

275: Clegg - government to shepherd 40 infrastructure projects

By Angus Walker

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced that the government will speed up spending on 40 infrastructure projects at a speech at the London School of Economics yesterday. It's not that often that either planning and infrastructure make it onto the national news agenda, but they are both currently enjoying a rare bout of national attention.

274: CBI launches infrastructure group to address concerns

By Angus Walker

The Confederation of British Industry (the CBI) - the 'voice of business'- has published the results of a survey conducted by KPMG (Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler, while we are expanding abbreviations) of business perceptions of infrastructure. At the same time it has created an Infrastructure Board of leading industry representatives.

273: IPC relaxes application criteria

By Angus Walker

The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) has been issuing standards, guidance and advice surrounding the Planning Act regime. The different names for these three things are significant, and decide the extent to which they must be followed. Standards are compulsory, guidance is not compulsory but reasons must be given for departing from it, and advice is, well, advisory.

272: Community Infrastructure Levy practice takes shape

By Angus Walker

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL - 'sill') is introduced by the Planning Act 2008 but is not part of the infrastructure planning and authorisation regime. It therefore receives intermittent attention in this blog, since although not part of the regime, it is the Planning Act blog after all, and nationally significant infrastructure projects will sometimes have to pay, and could potentially receive, CIL.

271: Greenpeace launches judicial review of Nuclear Power National Policy Statement

By Angus Walker

One of the key features of the Planning Act regime for planning and authorising nationally significant infrastructure is the proposed series of National Policy Statements (NPSs), which set out government policy on the need for infrastructure, and the impacts that promoters should address in their applications and that the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) should take into account when examining them.

270: New Planning Act regulations published and Localism Bill news

By Angus Walker

The government has published regulations on making changes to Development Consent Orders, and a commencement order that switches on both this and also applications for hazardous waste projects on 1 October.

269: LEPs, enterprise zones and infrastructure

By Angus Walker

Last week, the government announced the locations of 11 further 'enterprise zones', bringing the total to 22, one more than was originally proposed. In fact there are really 23, since Harlow in west Essex and Sandwich in east Kent could hardly be described as a single zone although they are counted as such. Here is some more information on the background and purpose of enterprise zones (EZs).

268: Planning Act 2008 / Localism Bill summary at 12 August 2011

By Angus Walker

Today's entry is an up-to-date summary of the regime for authorising major infrastructure projects introduced by the Planning Act 2008 and amended by the Localism Bill. This is the ninth summary, which is updated and reissued every few months. Planning, Planning Act 2008, National Policy Statements, Nationaly Significant Infrastructure Project, IPC, Localism Bill, NSIP, Infrastructure Planning Commission, NPS, CIL, Community Infrastructure Levy

267: IPC application examination process develops

By Angus Walker

On Friday 5 August, the panel of commissioners examining the second live application before the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) (for the Brig y Cwm energy from waste project) issued a note of the meeting held about the application on 29 July, including a revised examination timetable starting on page 4.

266: What the National Planning Policy Framework means for infrastructure

By Angus Walker

Last week, the government published a draft of its long-awaited National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The purpose of this document is to replace the existing series of 30 Planning Policy Statments, Planning Policy Guidance and Minerals Policy Guidance and 15 letters to chief planning officers (although PPS10 (waste) is to survive for the moment, until the arrival of the National Waste Management Plan).

265: IPC project and advice update

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the latest status of projects before the Infrastructure Planning Commission and the advice it has given.

264: Lords race to finish Localism Bill committee stage

By Angus Walker

The House of Lords is considering the Localism Bill and last night completed the committee stage of the Bill after ten sessions. On Tuesday, the ninth session, they finally reached the amendments to the (amendments to the) infrastructure planning regime. Parliament is now adjourned for the summer, but the next stage of the Bill will be the start of the report stage on 5 September, which is the first day back. Planning, Planning Act 2008, Localism Bill, House of Lords, Committee Stage

263: Chris Huhne designates six energy National Policy Statements following Parliamentary approval

By Angus Walker

Yesterday the hacking scandal (inevitably given the twitter hashtag #hackgate) squeezed a House of Commons debate and vote on the six draft National Policy Statements (NPSs) that deal with energy infrastructure into two hours. Planning, Planning Act 2008, Energy, National Policy Statements, House of Commons, NPS, Chris Huhne

262: IPC rejects changes to Brig y Cwm application

By Angus Walker

The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) is currently examining two applications, both for energy from waste projects and both promoted by Covanta Energy. The second of these, for a facility near Merthyr Tydfil in Wales, has run into a spot of bother.

261: Hazardous Waste NPS published

By Angus Walker

It should be a busy week for infrastructure planning - today a decision was due from the IPC as to whether it would continue with Covanta Energy's application for an energy from waste project near Merthyr Tydfil but there is no sign of it yet.

260: Government consults on bringing sewers into Planning Act regime

By Angus Walker

The Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has launched a consultation on bringing a new type of project into the Planning Act infrastructure and authorisation regime - the transfer and storage of waste water. This would be the first extension of the regime since it was established in 2008, and the 17th project type to which the regime would apply. Planning, Planning Act 2008, Infrastructure, Defra, Section 14, Department of The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

259: IPC faces first judicial review

By Angus Walker

The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) is the body that until April 2012 will examine applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects. The Planning Act deliberately limits the scope for judicial review of its decisions, but nevertheless the first challenge was launched against one of its decisions recently.

258: CBI urges more streamlining as NPSs due to be debated and Localism Bill progress slows

By Angus Walker

John Cridland, Director-General of the CBI, spoke at an event at BDB this morning and supported calls for further streamlining of the infrastructure planning and authorisation process.  Meanwhile, the government has confirmed that the six energy National Policy Statements will be debated ond voted upon in the House of Commons on Monday 18 July. Planning, Planning Act 2008, National Policy Statements, Localism Bill, CBI, John Cridland

257: Third public consultation for Hinkley Point C launched

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on further consultation on the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. Planning, Planning Act 1008, Hinkley Point C, Nuclear Power Station, Nuclear Power National Policy, Nuclear Power

256: Government tables infrastructure amendments to Localism Bill

By Angus Walker

The Localism Bill is wending its way through Parliament, today being the fourth day (of eight so far planned) of its House of Lords Committee Stage. After three days the committee had reached clause 42 (the start of the provisions on local referendums) out of 215.

255: IPC holds first compulsory acquisition hearing

By Angus Walker

The first application for a nationally significant infrastructure project is trundling its way through the six-month period for examination by the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC), clocking up a series of firsts as it goes. The latest 'first' is to hold a hearing into the compulsory acquisition of land for the project.

253: Final energy National Policy Statements published

By Angus Walker

This morning the final versions of the six energy National Policy Statements were published on the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) website. I understand that they are due to be debated in the House of Commons on 18 July and approved.

254: Fourth (and first transport) application made to IPC

By Angus Walker

Since 1 March 2010, it has been compulsory for applications for energy and transport projects above certain size thresholds to be made to the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC). Despite the compulsion, only three applications had been made for any sort of infrastructure project since that date, but yesterday the fourth application was made.

252: Localism Bill starts Lords Committee Stage

By Angus Walker

The Localism Bill is the government's flagship local government and planning bill, which introduces several new disparate powers and duties into those two worlds under the umbrella of 'localism'. In the realm of infrastructure planning, it removes the Infrastructure Planning Commission's decision-making powers, gives the House of Commons a chance to disapprove of National Policy Statements, and makes several minor tweaks to the regime introduced by the Planning Act 2008. Planning, Planning Act 2008, IPC, Infrastructure Planning Commission, National Policy Statements, NPS, Localism Bill

251: IPC to delay timetable or throw out second application

By Angus Walker

The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) is currently considering two applications. The second of these, for an energy from waste project at Brig y Cwm near Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, had its 'preliminary meeting' last week. This is the meeting held by the IPC that kicks off the examination of the application.

250: When will the National Policy Statements be designated?

By Angus Walker

One of the foundations of the new regime for authorising nationally significant infrastructure projects is the concept of National Policy Statements (NPSs). The Heathrow Terminal 5 inspector estimated that 23% of the (four year) public inquiry was taken up arguing whether T5 was needed. To cut out that discussion, NPSs declare need for particular types of infrastructure separately from individual applications.

248: House of Lords demands change to Localism Bill in second reading debate

By Angus Walker

Yesterday, the Localism Bill received its second reading in the House of Lords (a debate on the general principles of the Bill). The debate lasted for nearly seven hours and 51 peers spoke. Planning, Planning Act 2008, Localism Bill, House of Lords, Second Reading, Debate

249: 12 hearings announced as IPC to allow cross-examination

By Angus Walker

The Infrastructure Planning Commission is currently examining two applications (and technically even that has only been the case since Tuesday of this week). The Planning Act regime places an emphasis on the examination taking place through written representations, but does allow oral hearings in three situations. Here is how hearings are being addressed in the more advanced of the two applications.

247: IPC issues advice to public bodies and promises more

By Angus Walker

The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) has issued an eleventh advice note, for public bodies that are affected by applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects. Although it is entitled 'Working with public bodies', it is aimed at them.

246: IPC will only decide up to two applications

By Angus Walker

The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) was brought into existence to consider, and eventually decide, applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects. It opened for advice in October 2009 and applications had to be made to it from 1 March 2010. The provisions of the Localism Bill mean that it will cease to exist, and this is expected to happen on 1 April 2012.

245: NIPA, the National Infrastructure Planning Association, open for membership

By Angus Walker

At the end of last year, a new association to promote and share best practice in the planning and authorisation of nationally signficant infrastructure was launched, to be known as the National Infrastructure Planning Association (NIPA - I think it is to be 'nippa' rather than 'neepa' or 'nyepa'). Planning, Planning Act 2008, Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects, NSIP, National Infrastructure Planning Association, NIPA

244: Planning Act 2008 / Localism Bill summary at 25 May 2011

By Angus Walker

Today's entry is an up-to-date summary of the regime for authorising major infrastructure projects introduced by the Planning Act 2008 and amended by the Localism Bill. This is the eighth summary, which is updated and reissued every few months.

243: Localism Bill gets through the Commons as NPPF proposed

By Angus Walker

On Tuesday and Wednesday this week the government devoted two days to considering further amendments to the Localism Bill and then voting on whether the Bill, as amended should be passed. Not surprisingly, given the government's majority, all the government amendments were accepted, none of the backbench or opposition amendments were accepted, and the Bill was passed.

242: Chris Huhne interprets interim Weightman Report as green light for nuclear

By Angus Walker

After the events of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan on 11 March, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne MP, asked Dr Mike Weightman, Chief Nuclear Inspector, to report on any lessons to be learned for the UK nuclear industry.

241: First hearing held under Planning Act 2008 - and five more planned

By Angus Walker

The first 'issue-specific hearing' (ISH) to take place under the Planning Act 2008 was held in Bedford on Friday 13th May. This was for Covanta Energy's application for an energy from waste plant in Bedfordshire. This is the most advanced application to be under consideration by the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) and so is clocking up a number of firsts.

240: Government tables 237 amendments to the Localism Bill

By Angus Walker

My having said that no government amendments were expected to the Localism Bill at Report Stage in the House of Commons (taking place next Tuesday), yesterday Eric Pickles tabled 237 amendments to the Bill. If only they had done so three blog entries ago. There were also 30 or so more amendments from backbenchers and the Labour front bench.

239: infrastructure should adapt to climate change, says Defra

By Angus Walker

Yesterday, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) turned its attention to 'climate change adaptation', i.e. ensuring that we don't suffer unduly from climate change if it occurs rather than trying not to cause it. Of course that is not to say that they have given up on the latter aim, known as 'climate change mitigation'.

238: Progress on Localism Bill announced

By Angus Walker

The Localism Bill makes significant changes to the planning system in general and the planning and authorisation of infrastructure in particular. Its main provisions are expected to come into force in April 2012.

237: 9865 Brig y Cwm representations published

By Angus Walker

Since the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) opened for applications on 1 March 2010, it has only accepted two: both for energy from waste projects, and both promoted by Covanta Energy.

236: CBI adds its voice to infrastructure concerns

By Angus Walker

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) published a report yesterday expressing its concern that the UK's transition to a low-carbon economy needs boosting, echoing that of the British Chambers of Commerce last week.

235: Business Infrastructure Commission seeks further planning reforms

By Angus Walker

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), the umbrella organisation for chambers of commerce around the UK, set up a body to look at UK infrastructure last year - the Business Infrastructure Commission (BIC).  Last week, the BIC produced its first report into the state of UK infrastructure, with ten recommendations.

234: Infrastructure Planning Commission gets inquisitorial

By Angus Walker

The furthest advanced application being considered by the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) is for an energy from waste plant in Bedfordshire being promoted by Covanta Energy. This week the IPC published its second (and final) set of questions about the application.

233: Lords go gently on the Waste Water National Policy Statement

By Angus Walker

In the last event in a recent run of activity on nationally signficant waste water projects, the House of Lords had its chance to consider the draft Waste Water National Policy Statement (NPS) last week.

232: IPC advises on Habitat Regulations - appropriate - assessment

By Angus Walker

On Friday. the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) published its tenth advice note, on the subject of habitat assessment. The advice note can be found here. At 24 pages it is the longest advice note to date. Here is a summary of what habitat assessment is and the advice note - a lot of jargon in what follows, I'm afraid.

231: Latest set of documents for leading IPC application published

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the latest stages of the two applications before the Infrastructure Planning Commission.

230: Waste water projects come within Planning Act as MPs criticise NPS

By Angus Walker

As of tomorrow, applications for waste water treatment plants (sewage works to you and me) above a size threshold must be made to the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC), joining energy and transport projects. This is the first expansion of the regime since the IPC opened for business on 1 March 2010.

229: Planes, drains and representations

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on an airports policy consultation, Thames Tunnel changes and our masterclass on the Planning Act regime.

228: 7000 objections made to second IPC project

By Angus Walker

On Friday, the objection period closed for the second project that the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) is considering, an energy from waste plant that would produce 77MW of electricity. The project has the same promoter as the first project, Covanta Energy, and this time it is to be near Merthyr Tydfil in Wales, the first project being proposed for Bedfordshire.

227: Analysis of 2011 Budget for infrastructure planning

By Angus Walker

While the headlines on yesterday's budget were about fuel duty, behind the tax measures there were a raft of announcements about reform of the planning system, some old, some new.

226: Localism Bill - pause for reflection

By Angus Walker

The Localism Bill makes changes to the regime for authorising nationally significant infrastructure projects as well as introducing a raft of new concepts into the world of planning and local government that will have an impact on such projects.

225: Likely delay to nuclear, and other NPS - and MPS - news

By Angus Walker

National Policy Statements (NPSs) are the main documents setting out government policy on need for infrastructure, how project promoters should deal with impacts and how the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) - or its successor - should assess them.

224: Planning Act 2008 / Localism Bill regime summary at 17 March 2011

By Angus Walker

Today's entry is an up-to-date summary of the regime for authorising major infrastructure projects introduced by the Planning Act 2008. This is the seventh summary, which is updated and reissued every few months.

223: Nuclear worries as IPC commissioner resigns

By Angus Walker

Chris Huhne MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, has sought to calm fears about the UK's nuclear energy programme following the earthquake and tsunami off the coast of eastern Japan on 11 March.

221: IPC seeks incineration expert as first Local Impact Reports published

By Angus Walker

The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) is currently considering two applications, both for 'energy from waste' plants (we don't use the 'I' word) and both promoted by Covanta Energy. The one that is further through the process is for a 65MW plant in Bedfordshire ('Rookery South') and the other is for a 73MW plant in Merthyr Tydfil ('Brig y Cwm').

222: Sir Mike Pitt to become Chief Executive of Planning Inspectorate

By Angus Walker

In a surprise move, Greg Clark MP, decentralisation minister, has announced that Sir Michael Pitt, currently Chair of the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC), will become Chief Executive of the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) on 1 April 2011, when the current incumbent Katrine Sporle, recently awarded a CBE, retires.

220: Localism Bill infrastructure planning amendments considered

By Angus Walker

On 1 March, the committee of MPs considering the Localism Bill reached the clauses that amend the Planning Act regime. They only took an hour to be considered, but some probing amendments that we had developed in discussion with others and that were tabled by the opposition obtained some useful clarifications and concessions from the government. I am grateful to Jack Dromey MP for arguing the amendments and to Greg Clark, the relevant Minister, for responding to them.

219: Analysis of lack of applications on IPC anniversary

By Angus Walker

Today, the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) has been accepting applications for energy and transport projects for exactly a year. Time to take stock, methinks.

218: IPC and PINS merger proposals mooted

By Angus Walker

The Localism Bill, once enacted (probably in November 2011) and in force (probably on 1 April 2012), will abolish the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC). It will return examination of applications and decisions on them to the government, although the authorisation regime under the Planning Act 2008 will otherwise remain largely unchanged.

217: Will enough energy projects be delivered in time?

By Angus Walker

Today's entry considers whether enough energy projects are coming forward to meet demand.

216: Localism Bill latest

By Angus Walker

The Localism Bill is one of the main vehicles that is to deliver the 'Big Society', defended by David Cameron at the weekend. It is of interest to this blog mainly because it makes changes to the regime introduced by the Planning Act 2008, but also introduces 'localism' measures that will have an impact on major infrastructure projects.

215: IPC issues advice on objections and environmental assessment

By Angus Walker

The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) has issued eight advice notes over the last few months on various aspects of the Planning Act regime. It is now dividing its eighth advice note on making objections into five, and has just published its ninth advice note, on the subject of environmental assessment.

214: Infrastructure projects gaining momentum

By Angus Walker

2011 has seen a little more momentum building up with the projects that require authorisation under the Planning Act regime. As we approach the first anniversary of when the IPC opened to receive applications on 1 March, here is the latest on applications under examination and in the pipeline.

213: Localism Bill - community consultation launched and other progress

By Angus Walker

The Localism Bill is currently undergoing its Commons committee stage. Although the regime for planning and authorising nationally significant infrastructure projects is largely unscathed, other provisions of the Bill could create additional hurdles to implementation.

212: Thames Tunnel looms large in Waste Water NPS scrutiny

By Angus Walker

The last couple of weeks has seen Parliamentary and public scrutiny of the Thames Tunnel project, sorry, the Waste Water National Policy Statement (NPS). Although not as prominent a subject as, say, nuclear power, there were some interesting points made of relevance to the Planning Act regime generally.

211: Assessments put flesh on bones of Localism Bill

By Angus Walker

The government published no fewer than 33 assessments of the impact of the Localism Bill on Monday. The assumptions made in costing the impacts of the Bill give a useful indication of the take-up of the Bill powers that the government expects, as well as other information about how the Act will operate.

210: MPs gather evidence on Localism Bill

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the Localism Bill Committee's four evidence-gathering sessions.

209: MPs call for a year's delay to energy National Policy Statements

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the publication of a select committee report on the revised energy National Policy Statements.

208: Localism Bill Committee to get under way

By Angus Walker

The Localism Bill, the government's flagship planning and local government Bill that amends the regime for planning and authorising major infrastructure projects amongst many other measures, starts its committee stage in the House of Commons this evening with a private programming session.

207: News on nuclear and waste water national policy statements

By Angus Walker

First, I can report that the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee of the House of Commons is due to publish its report on its view of the revised six energy National Policy Statements (NPSs) next Wednesday, 26 January. Now for more details on the Nuclear Power and Waste Water NPSs.

206: Localism Bill - Summary of second reading debate

By Angus Walker

Yesterday afternoon and evening saw the Second Reading debate in the House of Commons on the Localism Bill, the first debate on the Bill since its introduction in Parliament in mid-December. The debate lasted for six hours, and duly ended with the Bill receiving its second reading.

205: First Planning Act application examination gets under way

By Angus Walker

Today is a momentous day in the life of the Planning Act regime - the first ever public meeting held for an application took place, and the first Parliamentary debate on its successor legislation, the Localism Bill, takes place later/

204: Lords still unhappy with energy National Policy Statements

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on Tuesday's debate on revised energy National Policy Statements in the House of Lords.

203: Analysis of urgency of need for energy in the UK

By Angus Walker

One of the main purposes, if not the main purpose, of the infrastructure planning and authorisation regime introduced by the Planning Act 2008 and being tweaked by the Localism Bill, is the timely delivery of new energy infrastructure. Indeed, David Cameron referred to the urgent need only last month.

202: Analysis of the rest of the Localism Bill (3)

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the non-planning provisions in the Localism Bill as they could affect infrastructure. This blog entry is the final one explaining and commenting on the provisions of the Localism Bill as they affect infrastructure planning.

201: What the Localism Bill means for infrastructure planning (2)

By Angus Walker

Today's entry reports on the non-Planning Act planning provisions in the Localism Bill. This blog looks at how the other planning provisions of the Bill may affect infrastructure planning.

200: Two NPSs may be dropped, other news and a Christmas champagne competition!

The government issued two relevant written statements yesterday - one on major infrastructure planning reform and one on the National Planning Policy Framework - something expected but absent from the Localism Bill.

199: More energy NPS scrutiny, plus Localism Bill news

Six revised National Policy Statements (NPSs) were published in October and a public consultation is running on them until 24 January 2011. They are also undergoing scrutiny in Parliament. Here is a report of consideration of them by the House of Commons, and also forthcoming dates for consideration by the House of Lords.

198: Localism Bill - effect on infrastructure planning explained

Today's entry reports on the changes that the Localism Bill would make to the infrastructure planning and authorisation regime.

197: Localism Bill published today

The long-awaited Localism Bill is finally revealed today. After at least two false starts, the Bill appears on today's Parliamentary Order of Business as having its first reading today. Analysis of the Bill as it affects infrastructure planning will follow tomorrow.

196: Oh no it isn't - Localism Bill delayed again and other news

Today's entry reports on a further delay to the Localism Bill and other infrastructure authorisation news.

195: Localism Bill on Thursday as government confused over contents

The keenly awaited Localism Bill (the word Decentralisation having been dropped from the title some time ago) will introduce the first significant changes to the regime for authorising major infrastructure established by the Planning Act 2008, as well as many other measures. It is rumoured to have around 200 clauses.

194: Sparks amid snow at energy NPS public consultation event

It will be a busy week this week for the Department for Communities and Local Government now that the Localism Bill has been confirmed as coming out on Thursday 9 December, but it was a busy week last week for officials at the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

193: House of Commons debates energy National Policy Statements

No, this is not a repeat of the previous blog entry - it is new. On Tuesday, the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee grilled the energy minister Charles Hendry on the six energy National Policy Statements (NPSs) (and I understand that they may be having a second session of oral evidence on 14 December).

192: Minister takes heat over energy National Policy Statements as nuclear events announced

Today's entry reports on Parliamentary and public meetings considering the energy National Policy Statements.

191: 1004 objections made to first IPC project

The first application accepted by the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) since it opened for business on 1 March is for an energy from waste plant in Bedfordshire. It is promoted by Covanta Energy and is at Rookery South near Stewartby. It will be able to generate up to 65MW of electricity, which brings it over the threshold of 50MW that means that it is a nationally significant infrastructure project.

190: Parliamentary scrutiny of energy and waste water NPSs revealed

Today's entry reports on the programme for parliamentary scrutiny of the energy and waste water National Policy Statements.

189: Localism Bill delay, but here are its likely contents

The Localism Bill was widely expected to be published today, partly aided by a declaration by Greg Clark MP in a speech on Thursday that it was 'imminent'.  Now it seems it may be delayed for a further two or even three weeks.

188: Lessons learned from Planning Act regime analysed at seminar

At the seminar, Sir Mike Pitt, chair of the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) defended the new regime as it came under scrutiny from two infrastructure planning experts.  The seminar was hosted by RPS, planning and environmental consultants - the third they have held on the new regime.

187: Waste Water National Policy Statement (NPS) published today

Today's entry reports on the publication of the eighth National Policy Statement, for waste water.

186: Consultation behaviour analysis as IPC clocks up 25 scoping opinions

The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) is the new body that will decide applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects until April 2012. It has been open in an advisory capacity since October last year, and applications for energy and transport projects have had to be made to it since March this year. Although only two applications have been made to it so far, and of those one was not accepted for examination, one area where the IPC has been busy is that of giving scoping opinions.

185: First hint of Localism Bill contents in regional strategy judgment

The keenly-awaited Localism Bill will put the coalition government's stamp on the regime for authorising nationally significant infrastructure projects established by the Planning Act 2008. Today, the government provided some more information on the contents of the Bill in response to losing a case in the High Court on regional spatial strategies.

184: IPC project update - questions in the House, answers from the IPC

The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) now has 54 projects on its books, although four of these are listed as 'withdrawn'. Here is the latest news about those and others.

183: Fourth consultation launched on Planning Act supporting regulations

On Monday the government issued a consultation on the fourth and final 'tranche' of regulations that are to support the Planning Act regime. Like the first tranche, it consists of only one set of regulations, in fact, so more of a sliver.

182: Welcome to NIPA - the National Infrastructure Planning Association

A new body aimed at promoting best practice in infrastructure planning and authorisation was launched at Bircham Dyson Bell's offices last night. The 'National Infrastructure Planning Association' or NIPA will soon be open to membership to all those involved in the planning and authorisation of nationally significant infrastructure projects.

181: Local Growth White Paper - counties to lose planning functions?

This is entry number 181, first published on 29 October 2010, of a blog on the implementation of the Planning Act 2008. Today's entry reports and analyses yesterday's Local Growth White Paper.

180: National Infrastructure Plan published

On Monday, the government published the first edition of a 'National Infrastructure Plan'. Hosted as it is on the Treasury website and produced jointly by the Treasury and Infrastructure UK, this plan focuses on investment in infrastructure rather than infrastructure planning. Nevertheless it contains some useful information about the latter.

179: Analysis of original consultation and revised national policy statements

The government launched a second round of consultation on the six energy National Policy Statements (NPSs) this week. It has also published responses and information about the first round of consultation, which makes interersting reading.

178: comprehensive spending review - infrastructure projects saved and cut

Today's entry reports on how today's Comprehensive Spending Review affects infrastructure projects.

177: Second National Policy Statement consultation launched

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has launched a second round of consultation on the six energy National Policy Statements (NPSs) this morning. The consultation closes on 24 January 2011.

176: Consultation on revised National Policy Statements expected on Monday

Six National Policy Statements (NPSs) in the field of energy are expected to be launched for a second round of consultation on Monday. These NPSs are half of a suite of twelve such statements, which are to form the basis for considering applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects under the Planning Act regime.

175: Blog exclusive - government to drop two nuclear power stations from NPS reconsultation

As previously reported, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is about to launch a second round of consultation on the six draft energy National Policy Statements (NPSs). Unfortunately for DECC, its website developers have accidentally published the consultation website while it is still under development and it is quite revealing.

174: Focus on liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facilities are one of the sixteen types of project that if they are above a specified size, must be authorised using the regime under the Planning Act 2008. The Act uses the oxymoron 'liquid natural gas' - perhaps because liquefy is one of the most commonly misspelt words in English.

173: First IPC objection period starts for energy from waste project

Only yesterday I was writing that after nearly six weeks the promoter of the first application accepted by the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) had not yet advertised that fact and started the objection period running. I cannot claim to have spurred them into action as they must have submitted copy to the Times before yesterday, but coincidentally today they have now done so.

172: Further delays to nationally significant infrastructure projects

It has been compulsory for applications for sixteen types of infrastructure project above a specified size in England, five in Wales and one in Scotland to be made to the Infrastructure Planning Commission since 1 March 2010. Nevertheless, seven months later only six projects have started their formal pre-application process, and only one application has successfully been made. Why?

171: IPC reaches memorandum of understanding with WAG

Today's entry reports on Friday's concordat between the Infrastructure Planning Commission and the Welsh Assembly Government.

170: Planning Act 2008 chronology - past and future

Following the change of government on 6 May it was announced that there would be a revised 'route map' of the timetable for the implementaiton of the rest of the Planning Act regime published in 'late summer'. Despite the autumnal feel in the air, this is still awaited, so in the meantime, here is a chronology of the milestones in Planning Act implementation so far, and what is currently expected to happen next.

169: IPC Chair Sir Michael Pitt faces the planning experts

Today's entry reports on Sir Michael Pitt's recent address to the Joint Planning Law Conference.

168: two milestones reached in UK offshore wind energy

Today's entry reports on the latest developments in UK offshore wind power.

167: Planning Act 2008 infrastructure regime overview as at 22 September 2010

Today's entry is an up-to-date summary of the regime for authorising major infrastructure projects introduced by the Planning Act 2008.

166: National Policy Statements influence gas storage decision

One of the sixteen types of infrastructure that is covered by the new authorisation regime under the Planning Act is that of underground gas storage. Gas can be stored underground in large quantities in two main ways: either in empty gas fields or in salt caverns. The Planning Act only covers onshore storage.

165: Chris Huhne determined to deliver nuclear power

Today's entry reports on yesterday's appearance by Chris Huhne before the Commons Energy and Climate Change Select Committee.

164: Thames Tunnel sites revealed and consultation launched

Thames Water has been working on a major project to provide additional sewage capacity in London. Yesterday, it launched the first round of public consultation on its proposed 'Thames Tunnel', which also revealed its preferred route and proposed land take for shafts to build and access the tunnel.

163: Swings and roundabouts for major infrastructure projects

There has been mixed progress on three (potential) nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs) this week, one each in the three areas covered by the Planning Act of energy, transport and water/waste. Here are the latest developments.

162: MPs to quiz Chris Huhne on national policy statements and new nuclear build

Chris Huhne, the Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change is to appear before the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee of MPs next Wednesday, 15 September.

161: Infrastructure Planning Commission has 50 projects on its books as highways slip

The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) is the body that is charged with examining, and potentially deciding, applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs), until it is replaced by the Major Infrastructure Projects Unit in April 2012.

160: Nationally significant infrastructure project documentation published

The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) has had a busy week, accepting its first application for examination and rejecting another.  It has now published the documents for both for the application it accepted (an energy from waste plant near Bedford, known as Rookery South and promoted by Covanta Energy) and the one it rejected (a power line near Neath, known as Maesgwyn and promoted by Western Power Distribution) on its website.

159: IPC issues first refusal to accept an application

The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) has been the body to which applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects have had to be made since 1 March, although it took until 3 August for the first application to be received, with the second following two days later.

158: Infrastructure Planning Commission accepts first application

The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) is the body charged since March 2010 with receiving, examining and potentially deciding applications for nationally significant energy and transport projects.

157: Transport National Policy Statements may be merged

Today's entry reports on possible plans to combine the transport National Policy Statements.

156: Rail freight proposals in the south east rebuffed

One of the 12 types of nationally significant infrastructure project that must now be considered by the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) (with four more to follow) is that of rail freight interchanges (RFIs).

155: IPC issues two more advice notes

The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) is the body charged with examining and potentially deciding applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects until its replacement in April 2012 by the Major Infrastructure Planning Unit.

154: Infrastructure Planning Commission publishes its first annual report

The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) is the new body that will examine, and once National Policy Statements (NPSs) are in place, decide, applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects.  Until the coalition government replaces it with the Major Infrastructure Planning Unit in April 2012, that is.

153: Wind farm decisions demonstrate benefits and adverse impact balancing act

Applications for 12 (and eventually 16) types of infrastructure project above certain size thresholds must be made to the new Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC), whose procedures are set out in the Planning Act.

152: First two applications made under the Planning Act 2008

Although applications for energy and transport projects have had to be made to the new Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) since 1 March 2010, until now no applications had in fact been made.

151: How the Marine Policy Statement affects infrastructure planning

On Wednesday the government launched its consultation on a new Marine Policy Statement (MPS) for the seas around the UK.  That it is issued by Defra gives a clue that it is more balanced between industrial development and protecting the environment that the National Policy Statements (NPSs) that have been issued to date.

150: A year of the Planning Act blog and some popular misconceptions

Today's entry notes the first anniversary of the blog and sets out some popular misconceptions about the new regime.

149: NEWS - first new nuclear power station pre-application consultation launched

EDF Energy, under the name of its subsidiary the NNB Generation Company Ltd (which I guess stands for 'new nuclear build'), has started the formal pre-application process for the authorisation of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.

148: NEWS - second consultation announced on energy National Policy Statements

Yesterday, Charles Hendry MP, Energy Minister, announced that a second consultation would take place on the six energy National Policy Statements (NPSs), with a view to them being designated in spring 2011.  No date for the start of the consultation has yet been given - it will be reported on this blog as soon as it is announced, or actually starts.

147: Thames Tunnel expected to continue as a Planning Act project

At a seminar hosted jointly by London Councils and Bircham Dyson Bell this week, there was a presentation from Phil Stride of Thames Water who is heading the team to build the 'Thames Tunnel', which is essentially a deep-level sewer that will run parallel to and about 70m beneath the River Thames from Hammersmith to Beckton.

146: Penfold Review recommends extension of the Planning Act regime, if it works

Today, Adrian Penfold has published his final report into rationalising non-planning consents.  Adrian is head of planning and environment at British Land, having moved there from Dartford Borough Council in 1996.

145: meet the Infrastructure Planning Commissioners

Today's entry introduces the commissioners of the Infrastructure Planning Commission.

144: NEWS - Infrastructure Planning Commission 'closes', but may still decide some projects

Today's entry reports on news on the Planning Act regime from the Department for Communities and Local Government.

143: Overview of the Planning Act 2008 - summary up to date to 24 June 2010

Today's entry is an up-to-date summary of the provisions of the Planning Act 2008.

142: The coalition budget and nationally significant infrastructure

Today's budget, the first by the new coalition government, is more positive for infrastructure than the cuts announced last week.

141: NEWS - first nationally significant onshore windfarm starts public consultation

The Planning Act regime for authorising nationally significant infrastructure projects places much emphasis on consultation before an application is made.  One of four strands of this process is to provide a period of at least 28 days for general public consultation, which is announced via a notice in a national newspaper and in the London Gazette, the journal of record in the UK.

140: National Policy Statements set to continue under coalition government

National Policy Statements (NPSs) are one of the cornerstones of the Planning Act regime, as they set out government policy on the need for infrastructure and the impacts that applicants should address in their applications and that the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) should consider when examining them.

139: How cuts will affect major infrastructure projects

The coalition government is intending to save £6bn in expenditure in the current financial year, fulfilling the pledge that the Conservatives made in their manifesto.  In separate announcements, both the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) gave details of where their contributions will come from.

138: 237 local authorities for 36 nationally significant infrastructure projects

The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) will survive for at least another year and during that time will examine a number of applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs).  The new regime for authorising NSIPs under the Planning Act, which is likely to survive the replacement of the IPC, places a number of responsibilities on local authorities.

137: News on nuclear and coal-fired power

Today's entry reports on two developments on new nuclear and coal-fired power in the UK respectively.

136: Planning Act 2008 - update on expected nationally significant infrastructure projects

There have been a few developments in the last couple of weeks on the nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP) front. These are the projects for which applications have had to be made to the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) since 1 March.

135: IPC issues advice on pre-application powers over landowners

Today's entry reports two new advice notes issued by the Infrastructure Planning Commission.

134: NEWS - blog exclusive - IPC confirms its replacement in 2011

The Chair of the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC), Sir Mike Pitt, has just released a letter to those with an interest in the new regime setting out the future of the IPC in the light of the change of government, reproduced below.

133: NEWS - coalition still intending to abolish the Infrastructure Planning Commission

Last week, the coalition government released its provisional coalition agreement, and it has now worked this up into a nicely-formatted 'programme for government'.

132: NEWS - ministerial teams relevant to Planning Act regime announced

This is entry number 132, first published on 18 May 2010, of a blog on the implementation of the Planning Act 2008. Click here for a link to the whole blog. If you would like to be notified when the blog is updated, with links sent by email, click here.

Today's entry reports on the new government ministers who will have responsibility for the Planning Act regime.

131: What the coalition means for the Planning Act regime

After five days of uncertainty, the coalition government of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats is now emerging, which will command a majority of 73 in the House of Commons (not counting the five Sinn Fein MPs, who will not take up their seats).

130: NEWS - second pre-application consultation launched

On Thursday 6 May the second notice of a proposed application under the Planning Act was published.  The first notice was published back in February by Covanta Energy for its proposed energy from waste facility in Bedfordshire, for which the application is now due to be made in mid July.

129: When will the Infrastructure Planning Commission receive an application?

The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) has been open for applications for energy and transport projects since 1 March. Indeed, applications for such projects must be made to it - there is no alternative. Nevertheless there has yet to be an application, and there is unlikely to be one for at least a month more.

128: Planning Act 2008 - first IPC application made?

Today is the day that, according to the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) website, it is due to receive its first application, which is for an energy from waste facility at Rookery South in Bedfordshire. The promoter is Covanta Energy, and the project is to produce 65MW of electricity and so is above the 50MW threshold for a generating station in the Planning Act.

127: Planning Act 2008 - all the links

Today's entry is a set of links for Planning Act-related material.

126: Planning Act 2008 - changes made to date

The Planning Act received royal assent on 26 November 2008, but it has not remained static since then. Other than commencement orders bringing various parts of it into operation, five pieces of legislation have made amendments to the Act since it was passed. Here are the changes - beware of using an out of date version of the Act!

125: Ten good things about the Planning Act 2008 regime

All the main parties except for the Labour Party have pledged to abolish the Infrastructure Planning Commission - even Plaid Cymru - but let's hope that if there is a change in government, the baby is not thrown out with the bath water.  Here are ten suggested benefits of the new regime, which I hope would be preserved in whatever form it continues.

124: The Planning Act 2008 and the Marine Management Organisation

Today's entry looks at the interface of the regime with the new Marine Management Organisation.

123: What the manifestos say about infrastructure planning at a glance

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats respectively launched their manifestos (is it manifestos or manifestoes? It seems that either is acceptable). Here we compare and contrast what they say about infrastructure planning in a digestible form.

122: British Chambers of Commerce survey supports Infrastructure Planning Commission

Today's entry reports on the results of a survey on infrastructure conducted by the British Chambers of Commerce.

121: Flurry of applications before 1 March deadline

The new regime for authorising nationally significant energy and transport projects came into force on 1 March. Figures recently released by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show the number of applications made to them in the months leading up to that date.  What does this show about promoters' attitudes to the new regime?

120: Lords add little to energy National Policy Statement debate

The House of Lords held a debate on four of the six energy national policy statements yesterday, in response to five motions tabled on them by Lords Jenkin, Crickhowell and Teverson.

119: NEWS - local authority guidance and advice on Planning Act 2008 published

Today's entry reports on new guidance and advice for local authorities dealing with the new regime.

On Friday, the Government published guidance and the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) published advice for local authorites affected by the new regime for authorising nationally significant infrastructure projects.

118: NEWS - who won the Heathrow third runway consultation court case?

This is entry number 118, first published on 26 March 2010, of a blog on the implementation of the Planning Act 2008.

Today's entry reports on the court decision on the challenge to the government's position on a third runway at Heathrow airport.

117: NEWS - House of Lords to debate energy National Policy Statements

Today's entry reports on a forthcoming House of Lords debate on the six energy National Policy Statements.

The title to today's blog may seem like old news, but in fact the first debate in the chamber of either House of Parliament (rather than in a committee) was announced today.

116: NEWS - Select Committee criticises energy NPSs but accepts nuclear waste position

Today's entry reports on the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee's view of the six energy National Policy Statements.

The Energy and Climate Change Select Committee of the House of Commons took the lead in scrutinising the six energy National Policy Statements (NPSs) that were issued in draft by the government on 9 November.  The Committee held 10 morning and afternoon evidence sessions, interviewed 55 witnesses and asked 820 questions.  Today the Committee has published its report, which can be found here.

115: is your project an NSIP? The IPC won't tell you, but we will!

Today's entry reports on the Infrastructure Planning Commission's policy not to give legal advice.

Since 1 October 2009, the new Infrastructure Planning Commission has been giving advice on applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs), and it has been publishing the advice it receives on a log that it updates weekly.

114: overview of the Planning Act 2008 - summary up to date to 19 March 2010

There are four new abbreviations to get used to when talking about the new regime, which neatly cover the four main new concepts it involves. The vast majority of tha Act is geared towards speeding up the authorisation of major infrastructure, mainly in England, some types in Wales and one type in Scotland. The remainder of the Act tweaks the existing planning system and also introduces the Community Infrastructure Levy, more on which later.

113: NEWS - Transport Select Committee rejects Ports NPS

Today's entry analyses the Transport Select Committee's report on the Ports National Policy Statement.

The Ports National Policy Statement (NPS) was issued in draft on 9 November 2009 and when it is designated (finalised), it will form the basis for decisions on nationally significant ports infrastructure in England and Wales by the new Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC).

112: energy National Policy Statements - Parliamentary scrutiny (5)

Today's entry reports on further debates in Parliament on the energy National Policy Statement.

Four previous blog entries (here, here here and here) have reported on the ten sessions of the Energy and Climate Change Committee's examination of the six energy National Policy Statements (NPSs) and the first debate in the House of Lords Grand Committee on 23 February.  Today I summarise the salient points I took from the other two House of Lords debates, and also mention the motions that the Conservatives have tabled for consideration by the House as a whole.  Links to the transcripts and video recordings are at the end.

111: Ports National Policy Statement - Parliamentary scrutiny (3)

Today's entry reports on the House of Lords debate on the Ports National Policy Statement.

The Ports National Policy Statement (NPS) sets out government policy on port infrastructure for the Infrastructure Planning Commission to use to decide whether to approve applications for major port projects.  The Transport Select Committee of the Commons has already had three sessions considering it, reported here and here.

110: NEWS - Kate Barker among 17 new Infrastructure Planning Commissioners

Today's entry reports on further appointments to the Infrastructure Planning Commission.

The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) is the new body that now considers applications for nationally significant energy and transport projects.  Once the relevant National Policy Statement has been finalised, it will also decide the applications.

109: NEWS - First IPC project postponed

Today's entry reports on the fate of the project that was timetabled to be the first IPC application.

A week ago the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) opened its doors for applications for nationally significant transport and energy projects.  Not only were the IPC's doors opened, but the government's doors were closed to applications for such projects under existing regimes.  Whether the opening and closing of doors has been done properly is a matter of some speculation, as reported by Planning Magazine on Friday.

108: Energy National Policy Statements - Parliamentary scrutiny (4)

Today's entry reports on further debates in Parliament on the energy National Policy Statement.

Three previous blog entries have reported on the first nine sessions of the Energy and Climate Change Committee's examination of the six energy National Policy Statements (NPSs).  Today I summarise the salient points I took from the last 10 February session, and also the first debate in the House of Lords on 23 February.  Links to the transcripts and video recordings are at the end.

 

107: NEWS - Thames Tunnel project to be an NSIP

Today's entry reports on the decision to bring the Thames Tunnel project within the Planning Act regime.

The Planning Act introduces a new regime for authorising major infrastructure projects.  From yesterday, applications for energy and transport projects above a size threshold must be made to the new Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC).  The Planning Act sets thresholds for waste and water projects as well, but does not include a sewer as a project type.  Nevertheless it is open the Secretary of State to direct that a project that is either not of a listed type or is listed but is below the size threshold be considered by the IPC.

106: NEWS - The Infrastructure Planning Commission opens for applications today

Today's entry marks the date that the Infrastructure Planning Commission opens for most applications.

The Planning Act introduces a new regime for authorising applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects.  From today, applications for 12 of the 16 types of NSIP listed in the Act must be made to the new Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC).  The 12 project types are all the energy and transport projects covered by the Act.

105: Energy National Policy Statements - Parliamentary scrutiny (3)

Today's entry continues previous reports into the Parliamentary scrutiny of the energy National Policy Statements.

Two previous blog entries have reported on the first few sessions of the Energy and Climate Change Committee's examination of the six energy National Policy Statements (NPSs).  Today I summarise the salient points I took from the 27 January and 3 February sessions.  The delay is due to the transcripts only just being published on the Parliament website.  Links to the transcripts and video recordings are at the end.

104: Planning Act masterclass report and further seminars for local authorities and others

Today's entry reports on the the first Planning Act Masterclass and gives news of further ways to learn about the new regime.

The first Planning Act Masterclass was held at Bircham Dyson Bell on Monday.  Not only did those attending get a copy of Butterworths Planning Law's guide to the new regime, but they were treated to a hands-on day taking them through the new authorisation process from policy considerations to approval.

103: NEWS - Conservative shadow green paper on planning published at last

Today's entry reports on the publication of the long-awaited 'shadow green paper' on planning by the Conservative Party.

It was expected last autumn, then before Christmas, then around Christmas, then very early in the new year, and finally on very good authority, 15 February.  It came out yesterday.

 

102: NEWS - First notice of intention to promote a Planning Act project published

Today's entry reports on the publication of the first notice publicising a proposed application for a development consent order.

Applications for nationally significant energy and transport projects will have to be made to the new Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) in just one week's time, although the IPC's list of projects it is expecting does not herald any floodgates opening next Monday.  Just two projects (out of 21 so far notified to the IPC) are to come before it in the first three months.

101: Guidance on the local impact report?

Today's entry looks at the latest on local impact reports.

The local impact report is the one document that the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) must take into account when it makes a decision on an application made to it for a nationally significant infrastructure project. It is produced by a local authority and is the authority's statement of the impact of the project on its area.  I say 'the one document', but really that should be one class of documents, for it is the wider set of local authorities that can each send the IPC a local impact report, so as readers of previous blog entries will know, this could mean the IPC being inundated with up to 39 local impact reports for a single application - even more if the application crosses local authority boundaries.

100: The Planning Act blog marks its 100th post - with a subject index!

Today's entry indexes and categorises the blog entries so far, for future reference.

Seven months ago exactly, the Planning Act blog was launched, with the pious intention: 'that this blog will become essential reading for anyone considering promoting or likely to be affected by a major infrastructure project, and should become a useful resource for finding all matters relating to the new regime in one place.'

99: Planning Act 2008 - unravelling some more new regulations

Today's entry reports on and analyses some further regulations made under the Act.

Four orders have been laid or made under the Planning Act in addition to the 'third tranche' of regulations and guidance previously reported, and so for the sake of completeness they are noted here - but you may find the analysis interesting too.

98: NEWS - Final Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations published

Today's entry reports on the publication of the final Community Infrastructure Levy regulations.

Although this blog is mainly concerned with the new regime for authorising nationally significant infrastructure projects, it does report on significant events relating to the other main concept introduced by the Planning Act 2008: the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

97: Full House of Lords programme for considering National Policy Statements

Today's entry sets out the programme that the House of Lords has just finailised for considering National Policy Statements.

Seven National Policy Statements (NPSs) were issued in draft on 9 November 2009, and are now nearing the end of their public consultation stage. Once finalised ('designated'), they will form the basis for the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) to make decisions on applications for nationally significant energy and transport projects. Whether or not the NPSs are ready, though, energy and transport applications must be made to the IPC from 1 March 2010.

96: Ports National Policy Statement - Parliamentary scrutiny (2)

Today's entry reports on the second and third of three sessions held by the Transport Select Committee into the Ports National Policy Statement.

The Ports National Policy Statement (NPS) was one of seven (and the only non-energy one) to be published in draft for consultation on 9 November 2009. The Transport Select Committee of the House of Commons has been interviewing witnesses at three of its meetings in January.

95: IPC suggests areas for improvement in National Policy Statements

Today's entry reports on the Infrastructure Planning Commission's critique of the seven draft National Policy Statements.

Seven National Policy Statements (NPSs) were issued in draft on 9 November and are nearing the end of their consultation period (15 Feb (ports), 22 Feb (energy)).  These will be used by the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) from 1 March to consider, and when the relevant NPS is finalised, decide applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects.

94: energy National Policy Statements - Parliamentary scrutiny (2)

Today's entry reports on more of the hearings being held by Parliament into the six energy National Policy Statements.

A previous entry reported on the hearings held on 6 January. Today's entry covers the following two weeks of Wednesday meetings. Links to the transcripts and video recordings are provided at the end, but this blog is here so you don't have to plough through them!

93: latest Conservative position on the Planning Act 2008, NPSs and the IPC

Today's entry reports on what Bob Neill MP, shadow planning minister, said about the Planning Act regime this morning. Bob Neill has been MP for Bromley and Chislehurst in south east London for around four years and has been shadow planning minister for about a year. This morning he spoke at a well-attended 'business breakfast' at our offices. If you would like to be put on the invitation list for future events, let me know.

92: NEWS - third tranche of Planning Act 2008 regulations and guidance finalised

Today's entry reports on the publication of a third set of regulations and guidance to accompany the Planning Act 2008.

The Planning Act 2008 introduces a new regime for authorising nationally significant infrastructure projects, and will come into force for energy and transport projects on 1 March. Today, the government published the final set of preparatory regulations and guidance and a commencement order.

91: Come to the Planning Act masterclass and get a copy of our book!

Today's entry is an invitation to our readers to attend either or both of two masterclasses on using the Planning Act 2008.

The Planning Act introduces a new regime for authorising nationally significant energy and transport projects that will come into force in only four weeks' time. There have been a number of seminars and events over the last few months where the concepts introduced behind the regime have been presented.

90: The Times attacks the Infrastructure Planning Commission based on a misunderstanding

Today's entry looks at an attack on the Infrastructure Planning Commission by the Times newspaper.

The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) was launched in an advisory capacity in October 2009 and applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects will have to be made to it from 1 March. I have started many blog posts with that sentence (for those who come across the post in isolation), and it is still true.

89: NEWS - Government slips up on Nuclear NPS consultation?

Today's entry looks at the apparent failure of the government to follow the Planning Act consultation requirements for the Nuclear National Policy Statement. On 9 November 2009, seven National Policy Statements (NPSs) were published in draft. The Planning Act sets out certain steps that must be undertaken so that they are properly scrutinised by Parliament, publicised and consulted upon..

88: Parliamentary hearings into National Policy Statements under way

This is entry number 88, first published on 20 January 2010, of a blog on the implementation of the Planning Act 2008. Click here for a link to the whole blog. If you would like to receive blog updates by email, click here.

Today's entry reports on the hearings that are being held in Parliament on the seven National Policy Statements.

87: Thames Tideway Tunnel to be upgraded to nationally significant status?

Today's entry looks at the suggestion that the proposed Thames Tideway Tunnel project will be decided under the Planning Act. Thames Water, responsible for water and sewerage in the capital, is proposing to reduce the number of sewage outflows into the Thames by creating a new sewer running parallel to and beneath the river. It will be about 32km long and will run from a point yet to be decided in west London to Beckton in east London

86: Report of the Ports NPS consultation meeting in London

Today's entry reports on the consultation meeting held on the Ports National Policy Statement in London today. The Ports National Policy Statement (NPS) was issued in draft on 9 November and is being consulted upon until 15 February, although if you want your comments to be considered by the Treasury Select Committee, they should be submitted by tomorrow, 15 January.

85: Hartlepool Council supplements government consultation on Nuclear NPS

Today's entry looks at Hartlepool Council's own efforts to consult on the proposed nuclear power station in its area. The Nuclear Power National Policy Statement, one of seven published on 9 November, identifies ten sites as potentially suitable for new nuclear power stations. According to the Planning Act, the government must publicise the proposals in the locality of each site on the advice of the local council, and take the responses into account.

84: NEWS - third tranche Planning Act 2008 statutory instrument laid before Parliament

Today's entry reports the laying of the first of the 'third tranche' of statutory instruments before Parliament.

The fleshing out of the Planning Act 2008 regime by means of secondary legislation is to take place over four 'tranches', according to the latest ' route map' produced by the Department for Communities and Local Government. Two tranches are already in force.

83: NEWS - Infrastructure Planning Commission publishes scoping opinions

Today's entry looks at the first two scoping opinions published by the Infrastructure Planning Commission.

The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) is the new independent body that will receive applications for nationally significant energy and transport projects from 1 March 2010 - a mere seven weeks away.

82: NEWS - government publishes transcripts of Nuclear National Policy Statement consultations

Today's entry alerts those interested in the Nuclear National Policy Statement to the published transcripts of the local consultation events. The Nuclear National Policy Statement (NPS) (codename EN-6) was published in draft along with six others on 9 November 2009. When finalised (or 'designated' to use the correct term), applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects will be assessed by the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) against the relevant NPS and cannot be granted if they are not in accordance with it.

81: Infrastructure Planning Commission expects four more projects and gives dates

Today's entry gives news about the Infrastructure Planning Commission's programme of projects.

The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) is the new independent body that will start receiving applications for nationally significant transport and energy projects from 1 March 2010.

80: Planning Act 2008 – when you have to consult up to 39 local authorities

Today's entry is a continuation from Monday's, (no 79) and sets out the situations when a large group of local authorities must be contacted. The Planning Act imposes requirements on the government, promoters and the IPC to consult or notify not only the local authorities in which a project is situated, but also those that share a border with them.

79: Planning Act 2008 – local authority consultees easy to miss and a free offer

Today's entry gives the low-down on the much higher number of local authorities that must be involved in an application under the Planning Act 2008 and why promoters should take care not to miss any.

The Act gives several roles to local authorities, both in the process of developing national policy statements and then considering applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects. Some of these roles apply just to the authorities in which proposed development is situated, but some apply to a much wider class of authorities.

78: NEWS – shortened consultation on railway operators for Planning Act 2008

This entry reports on a short consultation relating to railway infrastructure projects. An earlier blog entry referred to one piece of secondary legislation that did not appear to be included in the government's 'route map' for implementing the Planning Act and was potentially missing. It has now turned up, and is being consulted on for a festive four weeks.

77: NEWS – Infrastructure Planning Commission issues its first guidance and standards

This entry summarises the first two guidance notes produced by the Infrastructure Planning Commission. The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC), which starts receiving applications for nationally significant energy and transport projects from 1 March 2010, has issued its first two guidance notes, as it is entitled to do under the Planning Act.

76: NEWS - Select Committee oral hearings into National Policy Statements announced

This entry has news about Parliamentary hearings on National Policy Statements. Both the Transport Select Committee and the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee of the House of Commons have announced that they will hold oral hearings into the seven National Policy Statements that were published on 9 November, lasting from 6 January to 10 February 2010.

75: NEWS – three more commissioners appointed to the Infrastructure Planning Commission

Today's entry has news about new appointments to the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC).
Three more commissioners have been appointed to the IPC, taking the total to nine so far. The new commissioners are Gideon Amos, former Chief Executive of the Town and Country Planning Association and already widely rumoured to have been appointed, Katharine Bryan, most recently Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Water, and Emrys Parry, partner at law firm Bond Pearce specialising in compulsory purchase.

74: NEWS – updated route map published for implementation of the Planning Act 2008

This entry has news of an updated government timetable for implementation of the Act. A third ' route map' was published today by the Department for Communities and Local Government with the latest timetable for implementing the new Planning Act 2008 regime for authorising nationally significant infrastructure projects, following earlier editions published in January and July.

73: NEWS - Infrastructure UK to co-ordinate funding of nationally significant infrastructure projects

Although it did not mention the Planning Act specifically, Wednesday's Pre-Budget Report (PBR) had something to say about the funding of the projects that will come under the new regime. The government is establishing 'Infrastructure UK' to co-ordinate the funding of such projects (and I note in passing that there is already a private company of the same name at www.infrastructureuk.com, which may get some unexpected traffic).

72: Planning Act 2008 - thresholds too high or too low?

Today's entry discusses the thresholds for projects to come within the new regime. The Planning Act applies a new consent regime to sixteen different types of project - the first time that energy, transport, water and waste projects will use the same regime for authorisation. For each type of project, a threshold is declared, above which a project must use the new regime, and below which it cannot unless the government decides to upgrade it. At yesterday's airports conference a number of speakers - including Sir Mike Pitt, Chair of the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) - were of the view that the threshold for airport infrastructure was set too high. Today's blog entry compares the thresholds in terms of the numbers of projects likely to be referred to the IPC, using data provided by the government on how many projects in the year 2008 would have been above them.

71: Planning Act 2008 - latest Conservative and Lib Dem position

Today's entry gives up-to-date details of the opposition parties' stance on the Planning Act. As has previously been reported, both the Conservatives and the Lib Dems have declared that they would abolish the Infrastructure Planning Commission if they became the party - or a party - of government after the 2010 election. After visiting a round of conferences in the last week where I have heard politicians from both those parties speaking about the regime, I can update you on their latest position. Summary: it has hardly changed and it isn't very edifying - yet.

70: analysis of legal requirements for NPSs

As any reader of this blog should know by now, seven National Policy Statements were issued in draft on 9 November. The Planning Act does not say that much about what has to be in them - there is a list of things they may contain, but only a small number of things they must contain.

69: NEWS - report of the energy National Policy Statements public consultation meeting

Today saw the London public meeting organised by the government to discuss the six draft energy National Policy Statements issued on 9 November. This is the middle of five meetings being held around England and Wales - Peterborough and York having hosted meetings already and Cardiff and Exeter still to come. There are also meetings local to the ten sites identified as suitable for new nuclear power stations (nine meetings, Braystones and Sellafield in Cumbria sharing theirs), and three meetings on the Ports NPS (at the well-known ports of London, Cardiff and Leeds (!)).

68: National Policy Statements - Parliamentary scrutiny explained

National Policy Statements are the expressions of need and impacts that will be used as the basis for deciding applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects starting on 1 March 2010. Seven National Policy Statements were published on 9 November and are open to public consultation until 15 February 2010 (for the Ports NPS) and 22 February 2010 (for the six energy NPSs). The Parliamentary scrutiny process that is running in parallel with this has taken a surprising amount of research to establish.

67: Overview of the Planning Act 2008 - summary up to date to 30 November 2009

Today's entry is an up-to-date summary of the provisions of the Planning Act 2008. This is the third summary, which I plan to reissue to include recent developments every two months. For more information, you can get hold of our free 16-page brochure on the Act - click here to obtain one. For a complete picture of the new regime, Bircham Dyson Bell has written a book on it, published by Butterworths at the end of July. Click this link for more details.

66: NEWS - two further nuclear plants added to Infrastructure Planning Commission list and consultation details

Today's entry reports on additions to the official list of forthcoming nationally significant infrastructure projects. Applications for nationally significant energy and transport projects will have to be made to the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) from 1 March 2010. Although the IPC is only legally required to publish a register of applications once they have been formally applied for, it has decided to maintain a list of prospective applications that have been notified to it and that have the permission of the applicant to make public.

65: the Ports National Policy Statement summarised

On Monday 9 November, the government published in draft for consultation the first seven of an eventual 12 National Policy Statements (NPSs). When finalised, these will form the basis for the consideration of applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs) by the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC). If you are looking for the National Networks (road and rail) NPS, it has been further delayed until spring 2010.

64: NEWS - Infrastructure Planning Commission looks for Commisioners and non-executive directors

Today's entry reports on the Infrastructure Planning Commission's search for members and staff.

63: summary of the Overarching Energy National Policy Statement

Today's entry summarises the draft Overarching Energy National Policy Statement (EN-1). On Monday 9 November, the government published in draft for consultation the first seven of an eventual 12 National Policy Statements (NPSs). When finalised, these will form the basis for the consideration of applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects by the Infrastructure Planning Commission. The draft NPS is here. This NPS deals with more strategic matters and features that are common to all energy infrastructure, and there are then five infrastructure-specific energy NPSs dealing with the particular features of that type of infrastructure (e.g. gas pipelines or biomass plants). The five subsidiary energy NPSs have been summarised in the past week on this blog.

62: the Fossil Fuels NPS in four sentences a consultation and a Bill

On Monday 9 November, the government published in draft for consultation the first seven of an eventual 12 National Policy Statements (NPSs). When finalised, these will form the basis for the consideration of applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs) by the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC). As well as summarising the NPS, today's entry contains news of a relevant DECC consultation.

61: the Renewable Energy NPS in eight sentences and a new Act

Today's entry summarises the draft Renewables National Policy Statement (EN-3). On Monday 9 November, the government published in draft for consultation the first seven of an eventual 12 National Policy Statements (NPSs). When finalised, these will form the basis for the consideration of applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs) by the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC). As well as summarising the NPS, today's entry contains news about a relevant new Act of Parliament.

60: the Gas Infrastructure and Gas and Oil Pipelines NPS in six sentences

Today's entry summarises the draft Gas and Oil Infrastructure and Pipelines National Policy Statement (EN-4). On Monday 9 November, the government published in draft for consultation the first seven of an eventual 12 National Policy Statements (NPSs). When finalised, these will form the basis for the consideration of applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs) by the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC).

59: NEWS - low turnout at first public meeting on Nuclear National Policy Statement

The first public meeting arranged by the government as part of the consultation on draft National Policy Statements had an attendance of 35 in Hartlepool on Saturday. This low turnout was no doubt due to the five days' notice given for the meeting. Here is a report in the Hartlepool Mail.

58: summary of the Electricity Networks NPS in four sentences and an extra consultation

This entry summarises the draft Electricity Networks National Policy Statement (EN-5). On Monday 9 November, the government published in draft for consultation the first seven of an eventual 12 National Policy Statements (NPSs). When finalised, these will form the basis for the consideration of applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs) by the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC). As well as summarising the NPS, today's entry also highlights a separate and foreshortened consultation relating to electricity networks.

57: summary of the Nuclear Power National Policy Statement in seven sentences

This entry summarises the draft Nuclear National Policy Statement (EN-6). On Monday 9 November, the government published in draft for consultation the first seven of an eventual 12 National Policy Statements (NPSs). When finalised, these will form the basis for the consideration of applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs) by the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC). Public consultation and Parliamentary scrutiny both started on Monday and will end on 22 February 2010 and 6 May 2010 respectively.