Free event: Using the right consent process for highway schemes... | 28th May 2012
A national policy for roads is shortly to be set out in the National Networks National Policy Statement (NNNPS). The NNNPS will potentially be a powerful document. Most importantly, once the NNNPS is passed, any major road scheme caught by the Planning Act 2008 will be decided in accordance with the NNNPS, although since March 2010 consent has already had to be sought from the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC), which from April will be replaced by the National Infrastructure Directorate of the Planning Inspectorate.
It is a criminal offence to build NSIPs without obtaining consent under the Planning Act. The issue arises, however, when initially determining whether a scheme falls within the definition of NSIP or not. It is vital to review any highway schemes intended to be promoted - or any for which permission has been applied for since 1 March 2010 - to ascertain whether they fall under the definition of an NSIP.
Our seminar will tackle getting the practicalities of planning right to make sure you avoid exposure to risk. Hosted by WSP and Bircham Dyson Bell, this half day seminar will include case studies of major schemes that fall under the new rules, the legalities involved under the Act and appropriate planning procedures.
Find out more here.