We have one of the largest teams of infrastructure planners and environmental professionals in the UK, enabling us to respond flexibly to the demands of the pre-application, application and statutory process stages of applications. Through careful programme and resource management, and with offices throughout the UK, we can respond quickly to the most challenging programme.
Whether in water or transport, energy or local government, our planning specialists work with a network of industry partners and WSP’s community of over 50,000 specialists, providing a one-stop-shop of infrastructure planning expertise, this includes working closely with specialists in land, community engagement, digital planning, transport and environment.
Our experience ranges from delivering Development Consent Orders (DCO) for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) in England and Developments of National Significance (DNS) in Wales; through to Section 36 Consents in Scotland, Transport and Works Act and planning applications for critical local infrastructure. Beyond our work for infrastructure promoters, we have also worked to support the planning inspectorate and statutory consultees – including local authorities - to engage with infrastructure and development planning.
We can support you at all stages of the planning process, from early consenting strategy advice, management and preparation of robust planning applications, specialist inquiry/examination support, through to discharge of and compliance with requirements/conditions.
With long lead in times to construction start for many projects we understand that consents must anticipate change. We work closely with our clients during feasibility and the application stages to get the right level of flexibility in the consent parameters.
Types of planning consents that we are experienced at, include consent under:
- Town and Country Planning Act 1990,
- The Planning Act 2008 (DCO),
- Developments of National Significance (Wales),
- Transport and Works Act 1992,
- Hybrid Bills
- Section 36 Electricity Act 1989 (Scotland).
Delivering Development Consent Orders (DCO) and Developments of National Significance (DNS)
The process for securing consent for NSIPs is complex, with options for design and delivery, associated development, and provisions for planning, land acquisition and other environmental consents. As an organisation, WSP has advised clients on over 50 NSIPs since the assent of the Planning Act in 2008, and our planners advise on the benefits of different consenting routes, appraisal of options, and recommend the best planning strategy for each project.