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13/03/2017

Housing to be considered as an NSIP from April

Words: Laura Edgar

Schemes of up to 500 homes associated with major infrastructure projects are to be considered as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) in regulations that have been laid before Parliament.

The regulations come into force in April.

The Housing and Planning Act, which passed into law in May 2016, outlines measures for development consents granted under the NSIP regime to include housing when it is part of a large infrastructure project.

An explanatory note states that the regulation will enable the secretary of state to “grant development consent for related housing development alongside a nationally significant infrastructure project in England”.

The communities secretary will also be required to take into account any matters set out in guidance when determining whether to grant development consent for a scheme that includes related housing.

Additional regulations indicate that from April, fees for development consent orders applications will increase by 50 per cent.

The NSIP regulations can be found here (pdf).

The fees regulations can be found here (pdf).

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