May 2, 2019

Introduction from NIPA Board Secretary Robbie Owen

I wanted to highlight to you how NIPA is working hard to both promote best practice in nationally significant infrastructure planning, and to input into the constantly changing public policy environment. In the last couple of months we have already seen the Government’s consultations on a Draft Water Resources National Policy Statement and on Energy Storage within the Planning System, both of which NIPA has responded to (see below), and just this week the legal judgement on the Government’s Airports National Policy Statement (NPS) has been published (see below for more information).

Yet despite this, as the Brexit saga continues, developers are finding the investment climate pretty challenging, with continual policy flux; changes in local government structures with the establishment of Combined Authorities; and the lack of long-term certainty impacting on the ability to secure finance / funding. To provide an opportunity for Members to discuss these issues and their impact, NIPA is holding a series of Regional Networking Events for Members – see below for detail.

We are also keen to hear from you on practical issues within the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project process that you believe could be improved by reform, so that we can feed them into policy-makers.

If you have evidence / examples, and ideas of possible solutions that could improve how the NSIP process works, please email them to NIPA’s Policy Adviser, Jane Smith at


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