5th Annual: Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects Forum 2017

A practical guide to gaining a DCO: completing pre-application, examination and implementation

Tue 7th - Wed 8th February 2017 etc. venues - St. Paul’s, London Directions
  • 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.

    To register for updates on this conference, please email us. To find out about sponsoring or exhibiting at this event, please get in touch by email or call 0207 067 1597.

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    Attend to benefit from:

    • A complete guide on how to prepare a DCO
    • Practical guidance from successful applicants
    • Expert insight from the Planning Inspectorate and legal & planning professionals
    • The chance to have your questions answered
    • Advice on how to complete the examination stage
    • The opportunity to meet and learn from 200+ stakeholders at every stage of the process
    • Updates on policy changes affecting the Planning Act 2008
    • Over 5 hours of networking time across 2 full days
    • Flexible booking options to suit your current stage in the DCO process
    • Plus much more... 

    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:

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    Organisations who are already confirmed to attend:

    Aggregate Industries
    Ashford Borough Council
    Bircham Dyson Bell
    Capita GL Hearn
    Carmarthenshire County Council
    Clyde & Co
    Construction News
    Cory Environmental
    Counter Context
    DLA Piper
    DONG Energy
    Environment Agency
    Gateley Hamer
    GL Hearn
    Heathrow Airport
    Herbert Smith Freehills
    Huntingdonshire District Council
    LDA Design
    Marine Management Organisation
    National Grid
    National Trust
    Natural England
    No5 Chambers
    North Somerset Council
    Pegasus Group
    Remarkable Group
    Ricardo Energy & Environment
    RWE Generation
    Scottish Power
    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
    Triton Knoll
    Western Power Distribution
    WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff


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     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
    08:45Registration and refreshments
    09:30Chair’s opening remarks

    Gideon Amos OBE National Planning Advisor GL Hearn

    Part 1: Changes to Planning Act 2008 in 2017
    09:40Latest policy changes and how these will impact on the DCO process
    • Changes to the regime in the last year – the expected impact of the addition of housing to the Planning Act 2008
    • How will the creation of the National Infrastructure Commission impact the regime?
    • Can further changes be expected?
    10:05Planning Inspectorate update: what you need to know when applying for a DCO in 2017
    • A forward look at the expected number of applications in 2017 and beyond
    • Insight and advice from past applications
    • What does PINS expect from applications?
    • How much detail needs to be included and what flexibility can be built into the DCO?

    Simone Wilding Head of Major Casework Planning Inspectorate

    10:35The Planning Act in numbers: 2016 & 2017 New
    • Changes for the DCO regime in 2017
    • What applications have been made this year
    • DCO refusals and reasons for these
    • Is there a slowdown in applications?

    Angus Walker Partner Bircham Dyson Bell; Chair National Infrastructure Planning Association

    11:00Morning refreshments
    Part 2: Managing the applications process and building your application
    11:20Business and commercial projects: deciding the best consenting route for your project and creating a compelling business case New
    • Why use the business and commercial route over other consenting routes?
    • Benefits and challenges of using the DCO consenting regime over traditional planning routes
    • The impact of adding housing to NSIPs – what does this mean for business and commercial projects? Does it increase the viability of using the DCO regime?


    11:45Project and programme management for NSIPs: establishing governance structures and managing the application
    • The importance of effective project management during the process
    • Establishing governance procedures early on and how they should evolve
    • How can processes be better aligned?
    • Identifying the disciplines needed and ensuring clear communication between teams
    • Recording data consistently – what information needs to be recorded and reported?
    • How can these principles be applied to a larger number of projects?
    • Significant developments over the last year

    Martin Clarke Head of DCO Mace

    12:10Striking the balance between detail and flexibility New
    • What level of information is needed in your application
    • Risks of DCOs being too detailed
    • Explaining the project concisely and consistently
    • The impact of “tail pieces” being added to DCOs
    • What auxiliary development should be included?
    • What problems can arise from not including all associated development in applications?

    Alister Kratt Director LDA Design

    12:35Networking lunch
    13:35How to conduct land referencing and compulsory purchase
    • Creating a book of reference – how regularly do you need to refresh data?
    • Is it necessary to create a book of reference when you own all the land?
    • The impact of changing regulations for compulsory purchase
    • Engaging at an early stage – when and how best to engage with land owners?
    • Creating a statement of reasons
    • Understanding different categories of land and the associated regulations
    14:00Conducting environmental studies and presenting information in an environmental statement New
    • Timelines for Environmental Impact Assessment – how does EIA fit with the rest of your application?
    • Preliminary Environmental Impact Report – what needs to be included?
    • How to manage cumulative and in-combination issues
    • Using the Rochdale envelope and mitigation measure – how do you plan for the worst case scenario?
    • What should be included in the Environmental Statement and how to present this information
    • Changing legislation – what effect will Brexit have on the Habitats Regulations and newly implemented EU environmental legislation?
    Part 3: Best practice and value of engaging with key stakeholders and local communities
    14:25Identifying and selecting the best route or site options for your project New
    • Role of consultation in selecting and narrowing down options
    • Site selection & choosing final options
    • Value of including different options in final application
    • Challenges of linear vs. site specific projects

    Clare Hennessey Technical Director WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

    14:50Afternoon refreshments
    15:15Panel discussion Statutory consultees and their role with Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects New
    • When in the process should you engage with statutory consultees?
    • Aligning planning and permitting, when to apply for additional consents and associated development
    • The benefit of specialist knowledge from statutory consultees
    • Costs associated with pre-application work
    • Preparing SOCGs – the benefits of arranging these before examination
    • The role of statutory consultees at examination
    • Lessons from recent applications

    Louise Burton Senior Adviser Natural England

    Alan Gibson Marine Licensing Manager Marine Management Organisation

    Further speakers to be confirmed

    15:55Conducting a successful public consultation
    • What can we learn from other industries?
    • Targeting hard to reach groups
    • The growing role of social media in consultation
    • Maintaining a consistent message about the project throughout consultation

    Rhion Jones Institute Director & Associate The Consultation Institute

    Part 4: Case studies and lessons from recent applications
    16:20Case study
    • What team is needed?
    • Guidance on the different stages
    • Maintaining consistency throughout documents and projects
    • Challenges during the process, how these were overcome and what we might have done differently

    Kim Gauld-Clark Onshore Consent Manager Triton Knoll

    16:45Case study
    • Common pitfalls and how to avoid them
    • Lessons from the process and advice to promoters
    • What needs to be included in applications
    17:10Chair’s closing remarks
    17:15Close of conference and networking drinks
    *All sessions include time for Q & A*
    Find out about the flexible booking options for this event here.
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    Day 2 (8th February): Examination and DCO implementation – the next stages after submitting the application
    09:30Chair’s opening remarks
    Part 5: Successfully preparing for and completing the examination stage
    09:40Environmental issues and examination
    • Environmental requirements
    • How are environmental obligations reviewed at examination?

    David Price EIA and Land Rights Manager Planning Inspectorate

    10:10Case study Promoter perspective of examination
    • How to prepare for examination
    • Responding to questions and relevant representations
    • Amending an application once accepted
    • Preparing Statements of Common Ground – reaching and demonstrating agreements
    • Establishing sign off procedures, governance and accountability during examination
    • Issue specific and CA hearings, and open sessions
    • Meeting deadlines

    Steven Edwards Project Manager SP Energy Networks

    10:40Case study Local authority involvement in examination
    11:10Morning refreshments
    11:30Land owner perspective of examination New
    11:55What compulsory purchase powers can be obtained through DCOs and how will compulsory purchase powers be examined? New
    • Impact of changing regulations on compulsory purchase powers
    • Why could CPOs be disallowed or restricted?
    • Common pitfalls and how these can be overcome
    • Issue-specific hearings for compulsory purchase – how will these be examined?
    • Continued engagement with landowners during examination

    Jonathan Stott Managing Director Gateley Hamer

    12:20Networking lunch
    Part 6: Post consent – DCO implementation and moving towards construction
    13:20Case study Moving approved projects towards construction New
    • Delivering post consent approvals
    • Moving towards construction – what are the main challenges?

    Speaker from Tideway

    13:45Ensuring efficient and timely construction: the steps needed to move your project forward following approval
    • How to move quickly once the DCO is granted
    • On-going responsibilities following consent
    • Working with local authorities on discharge of requirements
    • Expected timelines for construction

    Rich Morris EA1 Consent Compliance Lead Scottish Power

    14:10Case study Local authority’s role in discharge of requirements and conditions New
    • Planning for discharge of requirements at an early stage
    • Amendment of applications – what is the role of Local authority?
    • DCO implementation
    • Lessons from the process – recommendation for other local authorities and promoters
    14:35Afternoon refreshments
    14:55Amendment of DCO: what is possible and what isn’t?
    • The correction process for consented DCOs
    • Making material and non-material changes
    • What can be learnt from recent amendments?
    • Timescales for making both these types of changes
    15:20Four areas of potential legal error and uncertainty: managing the application to minimise project risk

    Richard Kimblin QC No5 Chambers

    15:55Chair’s closing remarks
    16:05Close of conference
    *All sessions include time for Q & A*
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  • Biographies

    Marine Management Organisation

    Alan Gibson

    Marine Licensing Manager

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    LDA Design

    Alister Kratt

    Board Director

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    Bircham Dyson Bell; National Infrastructure Planning Association

    Angus Walker

    Partner; Chair

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    WSP | Parsons Brinkerhoff

    Clare Hennessey

    Technical Director

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    Planning Inspectorate

    David Price

    EIA and Lands Rights Manager

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    GL Hearn

    Gideon Amos OBE

    National Planning Advisor

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    Gateley Hamer

    Jonathan Stott

    Head of Compulsory Purchase

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    Triton Knoll

    Kim Gauld-Clark

    Onshore Consent Manager

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    Natural England

    Louise Burton

    Senior Adviser

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    Martin Clarke

    Head of DCO

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    The Consultation Institute

    Rhion Jones

    Programme Director

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    Scottish Power

    Rich Morris

    EA1 Consent Compliance Lead

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    No5 Chambers

    Richard Kimblin QC

    The Planning Inspectorate

    Simone Wilding

    Head of Major Casework

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    SP Energy Networks

    Steven Edwards

    Project Manager

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some of this year’s speakers:

Alan Gibson

Marine Licensing Manager
Marine Management Organisation

Alister Kratt

Board Director
LDA Design

Angus Walker

Partner; Chair
Bircham Dyson Bell; National Infrastructure Planning Association

Clare Hennessey

Technical Director
WSP | Parsons Brinkerhoff

David Price

EIA and Lands Rights Manager
Planning Inspectorate

Gideon Amos OBE

National Planning Advisor
GL Hearn

Jonathan Stott

Head of Compulsory Purchase
Gateley Hamer

Kim Gauld-Clark

Onshore Consent Manager
Triton Knoll

Louise Burton

Senior Adviser
Natural England

Martin Clarke

Head of DCO

Rhion Jones

Programme Director
The Consultation Institute

Rich Morris

EA1 Consent Compliance Lead
Scottish Power

Richard Kimblin QC

No5 Chambers

Simone Wilding

Head of Major Casework
The Planning Inspectorate

Steven Edwards

Project Manager
SP Energy Networks

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