Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects

Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) are large scale developments such as new railways, roads, airports, power generating stations (including wind farms), waste water treatment works and electricity transmission lines, which require a type of consent known as ’development consent’ under procedures governed by the Planning Act 2008 (and amended by the Localism Act 2011).

The 2008 Act sets out thresholds above which certain types of infrastructure development are considered to be nationally significant and require development consent.  The Planning Inspectorate examines the application and makes a recommendation to the relevant Secretary of State, who will make the decision on whether to grant or to refuse development consent.

The Canal & River Trust is a statutory consultee for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) that are “likely to have an impact on inland waterways or land adjacent to inland waterways”. The promoter is required to consult the Trust prior to making an application (i.e. at the pre-application stage) and again when an application is submitted for an order granting development consent. The Trust actively encourages early engagement at every stage.

The Trust will make representations at both stages and give evidence at the Inspector’s examination to ensure that our assets and interests are protected and that the impacts of NSIPs are mitigated.  We will seek to work closely with the Planning Inspectorate, the promoter and other interested parties to deliver the right outcome for the inland waterways.  Examples include the representations, we made in conjunction with the Bedford & Milton Keynes Trust regarding the impact of the proposed Rookery South Resource Recovery Facility on the safeguarded route of the Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway.

Please contact the relevant Area Planner to discuss further.

Last date edited: 22 July 2015