A practical guide to gaining a DCO: completing pre-application, examination and implementation
It is now abundantly clear that the DCO process is far from a ‘rubber stamping’ exercise. Recent refusals have underscored the importance of meeting all requirements in your application.
To help you navigate this complex process, the NSIP Forum 2017 provides expert guidance on how to create successful DCO applications and outlines the next steps following approval to move the project towards construction.
Bringing together over 200 project promoters, local authorities, statutory consultees and planning professionals, the Forum is a must-attend for all those involved in major infrastructure planning.
Take a look at the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects Forum 2017 brochure.
Attend to benefit from:
Keep up to date with the latest conference announcements and industry news by following us @WFplanning. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #NSIPs2017, or join the UK Planning Network LinkedIn group.
Breakdown of the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects Forum 2016 audience:
Organisations who are already confirmed to attend:
Ashford Borough Council
Bircham Dyson Bell
Capita GL Hearn
Carmarthenshire County Council
Clyde & Co
Herbert Smith Freehills
Huntingdonshire District Council
Marine Management Organisation
North Somerset Council
Ricardo Energy & Environment
South Gloucestershire Council
South Northamptonshire Council
South Northants Council
SP Energy Networks
Suffolk County Council
Sunderland & South Tyneside Councils
The Consultation Institute
The Planning Inspectorate
Western Power Distribution
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
Download the full list of previous attendees here.
|The conference takes place over two days:|
|Day 1: Successfully creating an application for a DCO – the pre-application process|
|Day 2: Examination and DCO implementation – the next stages after submitting the application|
|Flexible booking is available – please see prices and discounts page for details.|
| Day 1 (7th February): Successfully creating an application for a DCO – the pre-application process|
|08:45||Registration and refreshments|
|09:30||Chair’s opening remarks|
Gideon Amos OBE National Planning Advisor GL Hearn
|Part 1: Changes to Planning Act 2008 in 2017|
|09:40||Latest policy changes and how these will impact on the DCO process|
|10:05||Planning Inspectorate update: what you need to know when applying for a DCO in 2017|
Simone Wilding Head of Major Casework Planning Inspectorate
|10:35||The Planning Act in numbers: 2016 & 2017 New|
Angus Walker Partner Bircham Dyson Bell; Chair National Infrastructure Planning Association
|Part 2: Managing the applications process and building your application|
|11:20||Business and commercial projects: deciding the best consenting route for your project and creating a compelling business case New|
|11:45||Project and programme management for NSIPs: establishing governance structures and managing the application|
Martin Clarke Head of DCO Mace
|12:10||Striking the balance between detail and flexibility New|
Alister Kratt Director LDA Design
|13:35||How to conduct land referencing and compulsory purchase|
|14:00||Conducting environmental studies and presenting information in an environmental statement New|
|Part 3: Best practice and value of engaging with key stakeholders and local communities|
|14:25||Identifying and selecting the best route or site options for your project New|
Clare Hennessey Technical Director WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
|15:15||Panel discussion Statutory consultees and their role with Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects New|
Louise Burton Senior Adviser Natural England
Alan Gibson Marine Licensing Manager Marine Management Organisation
Further speakers to be confirmed
|15:55||Conducting a successful public consultation|
Rhion Jones Institute Director & Associate The Consultation Institute
|Part 4: Case studies and lessons from recent applications|
Kim Gauld-Clark Onshore Consent Manager Triton Knoll
|17:10||Chair’s closing remarks|
|17:15||Close of conference and networking drinks|
|*All sessions include time for Q & A*|
|Find out about the flexible booking options for this event here.|
|Day 2 (8th February): Examination and DCO implementation – the next stages after submitting the application|
|09:30||Chair’s opening remarks|
|Part 5: Successfully preparing for and completing the examination stage|
|09:40||Environmental issues and examination|
David Price EIA and Land Rights Manager Planning Inspectorate
|10:10||Case study Promoter perspective of examination|
Steven Edwards Project Manager SP Energy Networks
|10:40||Case study Local authority involvement in examination|
|11:30||Land owner perspective of examination New|
|11:55||What compulsory purchase powers can be obtained through DCOs and how will compulsory purchase powers be examined? New|
Jonathan Stott Managing Director Gateley Hamer
|Part 6: Post consent – DCO implementation and moving towards construction|
|13:20||Case study Moving approved projects towards construction New|
Speaker from Tideway
|13:45||Ensuring efficient and timely construction: the steps needed to move your project forward following approval|
Rich Morris EA1 Consent Compliance Lead Scottish Power
|14:10||Case study Local authority’s role in discharge of requirements and conditions New|
|14:55||Amendment of DCO: what is possible and what isn’t?|
|15:20||Four areas of potential legal error and uncertainty: managing the application to minimise project risk|
Richard Kimblin QC No5 Chambers
|15:55||Chair’s closing remarks|
|16:05||Close of conference|
|*All sessions include time for Q & A*|
|For up-to-date programme news and speaker announcements, follow us @WFplanning. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #NSIPs2017.|
If you are interested in getting involved with the programme, please email us.
Marine Licensing Manager
EIA and Lands Rights Manager
Gideon Amos OBE
National Planning Advisor
Head of Compulsory Purchase
Onshore Consent Manager
Head of DCO
EA1 Consent Compliance Lead
Richard Kimblin QC
Head of Major Casework
|2 days||£799 + VAT||£599 + VAT|
|1 day||£599 + VAT||£399 + VAT|
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