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Nationally significant infrastructure projects and PINS

Thursday, 21 September 2017 at 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Prospero House (etc Venues) 241 Borough High St, London SE1 1GA
£349 for RTPI members (From £199 with a season ticket)
£199 for licentiate members and independent consultants; £140 for students, unemployed and retired; £449 standard price
RTPI Conferences

The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) started work 7 years ago to deal with major transport, energy and water applications. In April 2012, The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) took on this role and with this new method of decision making on major infrastructure projects, there is a range of new skills and the understanding of new processes required for all those involved in such schemes.

The system is now well established, with a significant number of schemes that have gone through the process now being implemented. The impacts of the process of dealing with nationally significant infrastructure projects are being felt by promoters, local authorities, statutory consultees, environmental groups, and local communities – all of which have a vital role to play in ensuring that sound and informed decisions are made on these major projects.

This briefing & workshop brings together key participants in the process to discuss its operation, to map out its effects and to advise on the best ways to achieve successful outcomes. Most of all, it will provide an excellent opportunity to reflect on and learn from projects that have already or are currently going through the process – both at a general level and with specific case studies.

Benefits of attending:

  1. Understand this complex system
  2. Identify how the system will affect you
  3. Recognise how you can be most effective in dealing when you are involved in it
  4. Discuss the roles of the different groups in the process
  5. Identify the points at which you can get involved – and optimise your effectiveness when you do

Who should attend?

  • Promoters of major projects
  • Planners and councillors in local authorities
  • Those advising statutory consultees
  • Those advising other interested parties
  • Environmental, business and other groups



9.00 Registration and coffee

9.30 Welcome and introduction by the Chair

Doug Bamsey, Corporate Director, Sedgemoor District Council

9.40 Legal risks and opportunities

  • Applying the regime: new NSIPs. s35 directions and the NIC
  • Consultation, EIA, and alternatives
  • Drafting the DCO and levels of setail required
  • Putting together the application documents and achieving acceptance
  • Pre examination and running a successful examination
  • Making changes after application
  • Achieving efficiencies throughout the process
  • Judicial review challenges
  • Post implementation scheme changes

Gordon McCreath, Partner, Pinsent Masons

10.30 Overview of NSIP regime and lessons learnt – PINS perspective

  • PINS National Infrastructure Team (case team / examining inspectors)
  • 53 decisions and counting
  • DCO process overview
  • Pre application community consultation  - not just glossy brochures and exhibitions
  • Role of Local authority - LIR, SoCG and representations
  • Future of the regime

Gareth Leigh, The Planning Inspectorate

11.20 Coffee and networking

11.40 Overview of NSIP regime and lessons learnt – Promoter’s perspective

Mark Smith, Associate Director,ARUP and Mark Wilson, Associate, ARUP

12.30 Panel discussion

1.00 Lunch

2.00 Three critical elements for implementing a DCO effectively

Carly Vince, Head of Strategic Planning, EDF Energy

2.40 Changing Approaches and Challenges within the NSIP Regime – a Local Authority perspective from North Wales and Somerset

Andrew Goodchild, Assistant Director - Energy Infrastructure, West Somerset Council   

3.20 A local authority perspective – lessons learnt so far

  • The experience of two nationally significant infrastructure projects – the same?
  • Why did we get and say involved?
  • What was effective in making a case and what was not
  • Resources – how did we secure them and were they enough?
  • Keeping in touch with the community - did we succeed?
  • How different are the demands of planning and implementation?

Doug Bamsey, Corporate Director, Sedgemoor District Council

4.00 Panel discussion

4.20 Conclusion by the chair

Doug Bamsey

4.30 Close