The Planning Act 2008 and supporting regulations sets out the procedure to be followed when seeking Development Consent for a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project. This section sets out a brief overview of the procedure and gives an indication of the timeframes for each stage.
The procedure is divided into six distinct stages:
The procedure is ‘front-loaded’ with an emphasis on undertaking thorough pre-application consultation to refine the project and address the concerns of stakeholders before submitting the application for examination. The trade-off is that the remaining five steps are accelerated and run to statutorily defined time limits.