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The intention of the consultation is to hear from all those who engage in the NSIP process on what they view as the main issues affecting the current regime, including any suggestions on how to make the process more efficient.
Responses are welcomed from consultants and developers affected by the regime, as well as local planning authorities, statutory consultees and all others affected and their lawyers.
The Government is undertaking a comprehensive review of the entire NSIP process and all its interactions. The main areas it seeks suggestions on are as follows:
There are 8 questions directly related to the scope as set out above and each question requires a maximum 300 word response. These are:
The questions provide an opportunity to express to the Government what they could be doing to prevent delays and improve the quality of NSIP applications and responses for larger projects across England and Wales.
Certain aspects of the regime may benefit from digitalisation and now is the perfect time to implement change as part of a green recovery as we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic.
There is a final catch all question to ensure that the consultation takes into consideration all concerns that are being experienced by the current regime.
This consultation has been flagged for some months. New entrants, particularly in renewable energy projects, have concerns about accessing the DCO process partly due to cost and partly due to the timescale for achieving a DCO. As a result, a review of the process is welcome. However, any changes must be robust such that the recent successful legal challenges to DCOs become less of a risk to developers as they commit to a process that they may not be familiar with. In addition the delays that are inherent in any system that relies on the final decision being made by the relevant Secretary of State need to be removed.
The best way to respond is by completing the online survey (link) which includes all the relevant questions.
Alternatively, you can email your response to InfrastructurePlanning@communities.gov.uk or provide a response in writing to them.
The consultation applies only to England and Wales and will close on 17 December 2021.
Follow the link for more information.
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13 August 2021
Insights 28 NOVEMBER 2022