What are Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects?
Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects are large projects such as power stations, pylon lines, railways, large wind farms, reservoirs, harbours, airports and sewerage treatment works.
These applications are not decided by the council. Such applications are currently decided by the Infrastructure Planning Commission. Applications for such projects are made to the Planning Inspectorate, and the decision maker will be the Secretary of State.
When considering whether consent is to be given, applications will be reviewed against policies set out in National Policy Statements. There are 12 of these covering Energy, Transport and Water and Waste. As part of the evaluation process, developers need to demonstrate that they have consulted with the right people and organisations – giving them the opportunity to ‘have their say’.