7th Annual (2019)

Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects Forum

Tuesday 05 February - Wednesday 06 February 2019

This event takes place over two days, which can be booked separately, or together for maximum value. You can see the flexible pricing details here, and the programmes for both days below:


Day 1 (5th February): Successfully creating your application and completing pre-application
Registration and refreshments
Chair's welcome and opening remarks
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Support for the planning and delivery of major infrastructure in 2019
  • Identifying and delivering the infrastructure the UK needs
  • The National Infrastructure Assessment and what it means for NSIPs


PLANNING INSPECTORATE UPDATE: latest insight on the application process in 2019
Kathryn Dunne
Infrastructure Planning Lead
Planning Inspectorate
Airport infrastructure and the Planning Act 2008 regime
  • Introduction of the Airport NPS
  • Challenges and judicial reviews made against the NPS
  • What does the airport NPS mean for future applications?
  • Existing, expected and possible airport applications
Morning refreshments
New NPSs and planned updates: the role of NPS in supporting the delivery and development of major infrastructure
  • Importance of NPSs and the Planning Act 2008 Regime
  • Nuclear Waste and Water NPS
  • Shale Gas as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project
  • Making an application when there is no NPS
  • Will existing NPSs be reviewed?
PANEL DISCUSSION: Implementing effective programme and project management strategies to manage costs and workloads
  • Is the current approach too precautionary and risk adverse? What does this mean for application size?
  • What team and resources are needed for an application?
  • Managing and reducing costs
  • Impacts of increasing application sizes on local authority resources
  • Could there be an adverse impact with the number of projects in the pipeline coming forward?
  • Ensuring cost effective delivery of NSIPs
  • Programme management for new, standalone projects
  • Creating proportionate applications
Building flexibility into applications – how can it be done?
  • The importance of flexible consenting to allow for technology changes and improvements
  • Choosing and fixing red line boundaries
  • How has flexibility successfully been added to development consent orders?
Clare Hennessey
Technical Director (Energy Sector Lead, Environment)
Networking lunch
Overcoming environmental challenges and considerations
  • Changes to the EIA process and implications for projects
  • Conduction scoping for your scheme
  • Potential impact on Brexit and environmental policy
  • Latest insight on the Habitats Regulation Assessment - what does the People over Wind mean for future projects?
  • Implications of recent decisions for scoping and mitigation
  • Air quality and emissions considerations
Conducting cumulative assessment for closely located and competing projects
  • What challenges does this create for scoping, consultation and land owner discussions?
  • Conducting cumulative assessments - what projects need to be considered?
  • Determining project interactions
Creating and implementing the right consultation strategy and approach for your project
  • How many rounds of consultations are expected and required, and how does this compare to what is needed in practice?
  • Managing communication for your scheme – what level of information is needed and when?
  • Maintaining engagement with communities throughout the projects lifespan - messaging needs following statutory consultation and throughout infrastructure delivery and operation
Afternoon refreshments
Approaching the land acquisition process: conducting land assembly and engaging with land owners
  • Identifying land needed and those with rights
  • Regulations regarding temporary possession and land required
  • Compensation discussion – beginning negotiation and compensation discussions early
  • Securing voluntary agreements
STATUTORY CONSULTEE PANEL DISCUSSION: Undertaking effective and ongoing engagement with statutory consultees
  • When to engage with statutory consultees – the benefits of early engagement
  • The use of planning performance agreements – what should they cover?
  • What information do statutory consultees need and when?
  • Preparing SOCGs and the benefits of arranging these before examination
  • Agreeing, and identifying, areas where you don’t agree before examination
  • The benefits of the local and specialist knowledge of statutory consultees
  • Maintaining on-going relationships with developers throughout project development
  • Time and resources needed as a statutory consultee
CASE STUDY: Successfully applying for development consent
  • Timelines for the application and the importance of project management
  • The team needed and evolving roles as the project develops
  • Maintaining consistency throughout the application
  • Lessons learnt and advice to promoters
Chair’s closing remarks
Close of conference and networking drinks - sponsored by Burges Salmon
Day 2 (6th February): Next steps following application – examination and ensuring DCO implementation and delivery
Registration and refreshments
Chair’s welcome and opening remarks
How to include options in applications
  • What options is it possible to include?
  • Testing possible options at consultation
  • How are route options tested at examination?
CASE STUDY: Lessons learnt from examination
  • Considering the amount of material to be reviewed at examination – how can you identify the core issues faster?
  • Preparing for issue specific hearings
PANEL DISCUSSION: How to prepare for and complete examination
  • What team, time and costs are needed and should be expected at examination?
  • Establishing ownership and responsibilities
  • Preparing for challenges at inquiries
  • Evolving SoCG during examination
  • Reoccurring topics during examination – ensuring consistency
Morning refreshments
Completing land assembly and implementing compulsory purchase powers
  • Implementing powers
  • Temporary and permanent land needs – recent changes
  • Finalising negotiations
The local authority role in DCO implementation: managing discharge of requirements
  • Planning for discharge of requirements at an early stage
  • Resources needed post consent and the use of planning performance agreements
  • Ongoing communication with project promoters during construction
  • Lessons from the process
Richard Jones
Development Management Officer
Carmarthenshire County Council
Networking lunch
CASE STUDY: Implementing DCOs and progressing to construction and project delivery
  • Implementing an embedded delivery approach
  • Moving to construction
  • Early contractor engagement
  • Local authority involvement and engagement
  • Discharge of requirements
PANEL DISCUSSION: Successfully building flexibility into DCOs to ensure project delivery
  • Different approaches to building in flexibility to ensure project delivery – the pros and cons of each method and choosing the right technique for your scheme
  • How has flexibility built into DCOs? What techniques were used?
  • What lessons have been learnt from recent project delivery that can be applied to pre-application of future projects?
Afternoon refreshments
Successfully amending DCOs – what is possible and what are the timelines?
  • Amendment process – what is possible?
  • Timelines
  • Material and non-material amendments
  • What changes have been successfully made?
Potential for judicial reviews and possible challenges to DCOs
  • Challenges that can be made to DCOs
  • Challenges to NPSs and impact on project development
Chair's closing remarks
Close of conference

*All sessions include a short Q & A.*