Three Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) have been granted development consent. 24 projects have now received development consent since the start of the regime.
All three projects, Thames Tideway Tunnel (super sewer), the Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm in north Wales and the North Killingholme Power Project, were examined by the Planning Inspectorate and recommendations made to the relevant Secretary of State. Every part of the process was completed within the statutory timescales laid down in the Planning Act 2008 (as amended by the Localism Act 2011) following substantial public engagement.
The Planning Inspectorate’s Chief Executive, Simon Ridley, said:
“All three applications were submitted to the Planning Inspectorate within days of each other. The examinations were completed and recommendations made to the relevant Secretary of State within the timescales prescribed in the Planning Act.
These decisions demonstrate the increasing strength and importance of the National Infrastructure regime. The Planning Inspectorate is fulfilling its responsibilities by undertaking thorough, impartial examinations and ensuring full community consultation within statutory deadlines. The certainty of knowing when a decision will be made following full consideration of public views provides developers and investors with the confidence needed to plan the infrastructure improvements this country needs to secure future economic growth.”