The process for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs)
Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects are submitted to the Planning Inspectorate who examines the proposal.
Anyone can get involved:
- members of the public
- statutory bodies
- local authorities
An applicant submits an application for a development consent order to the Planning Inspectorate. These can be developments like:
- offshore wind farms
- power stations and electric lines
- motorways and other major roads
- gas pipelines
The Planning Inspectorate is a government agency. Independent inspectors make a recommendation to the relevant Secretary of State about if permission for a proposed development should be granted. The relevant Secretary of State makes the final decision.
There are several stages in the process for considering whether a national infrastructure project should receive consent. The whole process can take around 18 months.
Guide for people or organisations who want to have their say
You can get involved at the pre-application stage by contacting the applicant before they submit their application to the Planning Inspectorate.
If you want to register to have your say about a national infrastructure project, you can register during the pre-examination stage.
There is a guide with information for people or organisations who want to have their say about a national infrastructure project.