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Nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs) in the transport sector include:
- new roads which are to form part of the strategic road network (motorways and trunk roads) operated by Highways England (above certain thresholds)
- new railway lines in England which are to be operated by Network Rail (above certain thresholds)
- new rail freight interchanges over 60 hectares in area in England
- new large scale harbours in England or Wales
- new airports in England capable of handling at least 10 million passengers per year
Under the Planning Act 2008 (as amended) a developer intending to construct a NSIP must obtain ‘development consent’. The National Infrastructure Directorate of the Planning Inspectorate receives and examines applications for development consent.
In the case of transport NSIPs, after examining an application the Planning Inspectorate makes a report and recommendation on the project to the Secretary of State for Transport. The Secretary of State for Transport then decides whether to grant or refuse development consent. If the decision is to give consent for a project to go ahead, the Secretary of State for Transport will make a ‘development consent order’. This contains the consent and other authorisations (eg to purchase land compulsorily) which the developer needs to construct and operate the project.
Click the ‘transport’ button on the Planning Inspectorate National Infrastructure Planning website to see applications for decision by the Secretary of State for Transport.
The NSIP applications decided by the Secretary of State for Transport are the:
- A19 / A184 Testos Junction Improvement, 12 September 2018
- Silvertown Tunnel: 10 May 2018
- M20 Junction 10a (Ashford, Kent): 1 December 2017
- M4 Junctions 3 to 12 Smart Motorway: 2 September 2016
- York Potash Harbour Facilities, near Redcar, Teesside: 20 July 2016
- A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme: 11 May 2016
- A19/A1058 Coast Road Junction Improvement (North Tyneside): 28 January 2016
- East Midlands Gateway Rail Freight Interchange (Castle Donington. Leicestershire): 12 January 2016
- Norwich Northern Distributor Road: 2 June 2015
- A30 Temple to Higher Carblake Improvement, Cornwall: 5 February 2015
- A160-A180 Port of Immingham Improvement: 4 February 2015
- Morpeth Northern Bypass: 12 January 2015
- Central Bedfordshire Council (Woodside Link, Houghton Regis): 30 September 2014
- The A556 (Knutsford to Bowdon Improvement) Order: 28 August 2014
- Daventry International Rail Freight Interchange Alteration Order: 3 July 2014
- Network Rail (Norton Bridge Area Improvements) Order (near Stafford): 31 March 2014
- Able Marine Energy Park (North Lincolnshire)
- ‘minded to approve’ letter: 28 August 2013
- final decision letter: 18 December 2013
- Network Rail (Redditch Branch Enhancement) Order: 31 October 2013
- M1 Junction 10a (Grade Separation) Order: 30 October 2013
- Completion of Heysham to M6 (Junction 34) Link Road: 19 March 2013
- North Doncaster Rail Chord: 16 October 2012
- Ipswich Rail Chord: 5 September 2012