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
Gideon Amos OBE
National Planning Advisor; Consultant
GL Hearn; Amos Ellis Consulting
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


Matt Crossman
Head of Resilience
National Infrastructure Commission
PLANNING INSPECTORATE UPDATE: latest insight on the application process in 2019
Kathryn Dunne
Infrastructure Planning Lead
Planning Inspectorate
MHCLG – Planning for Infrastructure
Jenny Preece
Deputy Director, Planning – Infrastructure
Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government
Morning refreshments
Successfully making a case for your NSIP: embedding case making into project development
  • When, where and how to make your case
  • Demonstrating the need for the project
  • The role of national policy statements in supporting your case and making an application when there is no NPS
  • Ensuring compliance with NPS
Tom Henderson
BDB Pitmans
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
Jon Barnard
Project Manager, Lake Lothing 3rd Crossing
Suffolk County Council
Steven Edwards
Senior Environmental Planner
SP Energy Networks
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
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?
Liz Dunn
Burges Salmon
Overcoming environmental challenges and considerations
  • Changes to the EIA process and implications for projects
  • Conducing 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?
  • Conducting cumulative assessment for closely located and competing projects - Determining project interactions
  • Implications of recent decisions for scoping and mitigation
  • Air quality and emissions considerations
Lucy Wood
Barton Willmore
Comply and strategise: delivering effective consultation and engagement with communities and stakeholders from inception to determination
  • Does an effective consultation strategy requiring going beyond the planning regime requirements?
  • How do you make your consultation strategy effective and right for your project?
  • Decision makers and influencers: identifying your stakeholder map and the messages to promote from inception to determination
  • A glimpse into Westminster: the importance of national stakeholder engagement for NSIPs beyond application submission
Emily Marshall
Associate Director
Counter Context
Leigh Bramall
Counter Context
Afternoon refreshments
Approaching the land acquisition process: conducting land assembly and engaging with land owners
  • Obligations on acquiring authorities seeking compulsory purchase powers
  • The importance of an agreed ‘land strategy'
  • Benefits of early engagement and how to manage the land work stream
  • Securing voluntary agreements
  • Lessons learned and managing risks

Ian Cunliffe
Director - Head of Infrastructure Development
Gateley Hamer
The importance of good design in NSIP planning and development
  • The role of design in reducing risks throughout the planning, consenting and delivery of infrastructure projects
  • How to can design practically be included in your application
  • The role and value of design during consultation and engagement
Alister Kratt
Board Director
LDA Design
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
  • Transparent communications on planning, undertaking and claiming biodiversity net gain?
Deborah Hall
Principal Adviser - Major Infrastructure Development
Natural England
Victoria Pointer
Head of Marine Licensing Operations
Marine Management Organisation
Nerissa Webb
Environment and Sustainability Manager
Balfour Beatty
CASE STUDY: Successfully applying for development consent
Neil Chester
Consents and Environment Manager
Transport for London
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
Gideon Amos OBE
National Planning Advisor; Consultant
GL Hearn; Amos Ellis Consulting
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
Gideon Amos OBE
National Planning Advisor; Consultant
GL Hearn; Amos Ellis Consulting
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
Alex Blake
Associate Director
Alyn Jones
Director of Economic and Community Infrastructure Operations
Somerset County Council
Liz Dunn
Burges Salmon
Morning refreshments
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
Alyn Jones
Director of Economic and Community Infrastructure Operations
Somerset County Council
CASE STUDY: M4 Junctions 3 to 12 Smart Motorway: 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
Natalie Duley-Moore
Senior Environmental Consultant
David Pilswoth
Associate Director
Networking lunch
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
  • What techniques can be used?
  • What lessons have been learnt from recent project delivery that can be applied to pre-application of future projects?
Anna Pickering
Regional Investment Programme (RIP), Development Consent Orders / Statutory Processes
Highways England
Alister Kratt
Board Director
LDA Design
Catherine Anderson
UK&I Technical Director for Low Carbon and Nuclear
Sarah Clark
BDB Pitmans
Janice Morphet
Visiting Professor, Bartlett School of Planning
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?
Alex Herbert
Major Permissions Strategy Advisor
Horizon Nuclear Power
Potential for judicial reviews and possible challenges to DCOs
  • Challenges that can be made to DCOs
  • Challenges to NPSs and impact on project development
Celina Colquhoun
No5 Chambers
Chair's closing remarks
Close of conference

*All sessions include a short Q & A.*