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Consultation starts on new code for nationally important projects

Words: Roger Milne

The Welsh government has started consulting on how its proposed new regime for so-called Developments of National Significance (DNS) will work.

The administration’s planning bill introduces the concept, and a consultation paper just published is canvassing views on thresholds for proposed schemes. This looks at how secondary consents may be submitted for consideration and determined alongside an application for DNS, and how pre-application notification, advice and consultation will be undertaken.

Under the proposed new regime, Welsh ministers will determine proposals at or above a specific threshold for various categories of infrastructure development, many of which are energy-based.

Listed are gas storage and terminal projects, new airports, new rail links, rail freight interchanges, new dams and reservoirs, major new pipelines, wastewater treatment plants, hazardous waste facilities, water transfer schemes and power plants.