8th Annual (2020)

Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects Forum

Wednesday 05 February - Thursday 06 February 2020


Day 1 (5th February): A practical guide to completing pre-application and creating your application
Registration and refreshments
Chair’s welcome and opening remarks
Part 1 - Latest insight on NSIPs in 2020: Policy and support for major infrastructure development
Support for the planning and delivery of major infrastructure in 2020
  • Identifying and delivering the infrastructure the UK needs
Infrastructure – development and planning: a government perspective
Jenny Preece
Deputy Director, Planning – Infrastructure
Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government
Planning Inspectorate update: Latest insight and guidance on submitting an application in 2020
  • NSIP planning in 2020 and the future
  • Latest Planning Inspectorate guidance and support
  • Proportionality and detail – what documentation and amount of information is needed?
Morning refreshments
The importance of policy in supporting NSIP development: the consenting risk from aging national policy statements
  • Role of the national policy statements in NSIP applications and decisions
  • Current status of national policy statements
  • How to manage with outdated NPS?
  • Is need back on the decision-making agenda?
  • Expectations for reviews and updates of existing NPS
Liz Dunn
Burges Salmon
Part 2 - Successfully completing pre-application and creating your application
Successfully embedding case making into your application
  • Making an application when there is no NPS – creating a case and demonstrating need for the project
  • Where in your application to include the case?
  • Practical examples of case making
  • Demonstrating evidence on the benefit of projects
  • Case making for different types of projects - either with no NPS or outdated NPS
  • Case making and demonstrating project need for regional airports
Clare Hennessey
Infrastructure Planning Director
Including good design in project development: The value and importance of design
  • Benefits and value of good design for projects
  • Design and community engagement – demonstrating the impact of community on design
  • Reducing project risks with good design
  • Maintaining flexibility while fixing design
  • Learning from other sectors – the growing importance of design in housing and the lessons for major infrastructure
Key environmental requirements and overcoming environmental challenges during project development
  • The latest environmental requirements
  • Identifying what studies and work are needed for a proportionate EIA
  • Managing project interactions and conducting cumulative assessments
  • Including mitigation measure in applications
  • IROPI and conducting habitats regulation assessments
  • The use of digital EIA
Networking lunch
The impact of net zero on NSIPs: How to reduce carbon emissions
  • What does net zero mean for new projects?
  • Demonstrating impacts of projects
  • Air quality and emission considerations
  • How must the industry respond to meet net zero commitments?
Ben Lewis
Infrastructure and Energy Director
Barton Willmore
Lucy Wood
Barton Willmore
Biodiversity and habitats: Engaging with statutory consultee on key issues
  • Working and engaging with statutory consultees – learning from specialist knowledge
  • The challenges of developing in specific environments including environments and lessons learnt from previous projects
  • Biodiversity Net gain
Undertaking successful consultation and ongoing community engagement
  • Designing and conducting proportionate engagement – identifying the amount of consultation needed for your project
  • How to measure effective ongoing engagement and monitoring change of community opinions over the life span of the project
  • Identifying and responding to community concerns – demonstrating how consultation feedback has influence on the project
  • Establishing and measuring the use of community benefit funds
Emily Marshall
Associate Director
Counter Context
Afternoon refreshments
Undertaking land assembly and compulsory purchase
  • Managing compulsory purchase and land acquisition alongside your project development
  • Demonstrating need for land
  • Ongoing landowner engagement and negotiations
  • Successfully undertaking land referencing
Local authority role in the NSIP process: Engaging and working with local authorities throughout project development
  • The use of planning performance agreements – what should they cover?
  • Resource and team needed to support applications
  • The benefits of the local knowledge
  • Maintaining on-going relationships with developers throughout project development
Part 3 - Latest case studies and lessons on the application process
Case study
  • Building flexibility into your application
  • Maintaining consistency across documents
Panel discussion: Top learnings and lessons from the application process
  • Expectations of the process versus reality
  • Unexpected challenges faced during the process and how they were overcome
  • Lessons and advice to future promoters
Nick Johnson
Project Manager
Stag Energy
Tom Henderson
BDB Pitmans
Chair’s closing remarks
Close of conference and networking drinks reception - sponsored by Burges Salmon
Day 2 (6th February): Completing examination and moving towards project delivery
Registration and refreshments
Part: 4 - Preparing for and completing examination
Chair’s welcome and opening remarks
Guidance and insight on preparing and completing examination
  • Tips and guidance
  • What is covered at examination
  • Making changes to applications during the process
  • Timetable and timelines for examination
  • Advice to applicants and stakeholders
Panel discussion: How to approach and complete examination – advice and insight on the process
  • Preparing for examination – using the time effectively pre-examination
  • Timelines for the process
  • Ensuring consistency during application in responses
  • Resolving issues during, and outside of examination – the use of SoCG
Morning refreshments
Making amendments during examination – how can this be done and what needs to be considered?
  • Making changes during examination - impacts on the team and workload
  • Project management of the process and the team needed at all stages
Anna Pickering
Regional Investment Programme (RIP), Development Consent Orders / Statutory Processes
Highways England
How compulsory purchase is tested at examination
  • Preparing for compulsory purchase hearings
  • De-risking the process
  • Demonstrating need for land assembly
  • Timelines for completing land acquisition
Making amendments to DCOs – how can it be done?
  • What are the possible amendments that can be made?
  • Timelines for changes
  • Making material changes
  • Making non material amendments
Richard Marsh
BDB Pitmans
Networking lunch
Part 5: Ensuring successful project delivery - how to move projects towards construction
Successfully building flexibility into DCOs to ensure project delivery – how to include flexibility in your application
  • The need for flexibility
  • Ensuring flexibility for new technology
  • Choosing red line boundaries
  • Anticipating construction needs and building in flexibility
The local authority role in project delivery and discharge of requirements
  • Managing discharge of requirements
  • Team needed to support project delivery
  • Impact of project amendments on local authorities
  • Ongoing communication and engaging with developers
Case study: Effective DCO implementation and how to move projects though delivery
  • Building innovation into the process to allow for flexibility in post consent delivery
  • How and when to engage supply chain?
  • What needs to be done during application and examination to ensure fast delivery
Afternoon refreshments
Moving projects towards construction: Requirements and early considerations for successful project delivery
  • Beyond flexibility – what information about delivery is needed to engage contractors?
  • Managing with a less detailed design during discharge of requirements – what are the impacts?
  • Estimating and managing costs
  • Timelines for delivery – what are the effect of amendments during delivery?
  • The benefits of phased implementation
What are the potential legal challenges following consent?
  • Potential for judicial review
  • Case law and precious challenges
  • Risks for projects
Chair’s closing remarks
Close of conference

*All sessions include a short Q & A.*

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