PPS Group has extensive experience of supporting major projects through the planning process for 'Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects' including nuclear, gas-fired and biomass power stations, off-shore wind farms and new electricity/gas transmission lines.
Pre-application consultation is a statutory requirement for all NSIPs and applications for development consent orders will only be accepted by the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) if the consultation has been conducted in accordance with the legislation, published guidance and best practice. PPS is very familiar with these requirements and helped to design, manage and implement the largest NSIP yet to be accepted by the IPC
The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC), will shortly be replaced by the National Infrastructure Directorate (part of the Planning Inspectorate) with the Secretary of State making the final decision on all NSIPs. However, few major process changes are expected and the onus will remain on the developer to get the consultation right from the outset.
PPS can advise specifically on the preparation and consultation on a Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC), the merits of single or staged consultation, the range of consultation materials to be deployed and the preparation of the final Consultation Report to the IPC/NID. We will also help you to integrate your NSIP consultation with your on-going media relations, public affairs and support mobilisation campaigns without undermining the statutory consultation process.
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