Our Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP) lawyers have been pioneers of the NSIP regime from 2007 onwards. We handle projects through the entire NSIP planning process, from pre-application to consent (DCO) and into construction.

Our advice has often needed to be innovative and bespoke as the regime has evolved. As a result, we have contributed to numerous projects which have helped to shape the regime. Our NSIP lawyers regularly give training to clients considering promoting NSIPs. We are also are active members of the National Infrastructure Planning Association (NIPA) and sit on its Board.

Alongside training, we provide a thorough grounding in NSIP planning to clients working in the infrastructure sector through a short series of webinars. Informed by our practical experience, participants have found them useful, clear and comprehensive.

Areas of focus

Our Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects experience covers the following:

  • Highways.
  • Rail and rail freight.
  • Grid connections.
  • Gas pipelines.
  • Offshore wind.
  • Biomass.
  • Energy from waste.
  • Gas and nuclear power stations.
  • Pumped storage.
  • Solar and battery storage.

Advising Highways England on the A19/ A1058 Coast Road, A303 Sparkford and M20 Junction 10A schemes.

Advising DS Smith on its consented K4 gas CHP NSIP.

Advising promoters of offshore wind farm proposals, including Hornsea Project One, Galloper and the Kentish Flats Extension (the first to be consented under the Planning Act regime).

Advising the Isle of Anglesey County Council on its Energy Island programme, including the Wylfa new nuclear power station and National Grid’s north Wales connection project.

Advising RWE Innogy and Statkraft on the longest linear NSIP for the Triton Knoll electrical system and securing the first section 35 direction sought by a developer for that type of project.

Advising Snowdonia Pumped Storage on 99.9MW Glyn Rhonwy hydro pumped storage scheme in North Wales.

Meet the team
Julian Boswall

Julian Boswall Partner

  • Energy and Utilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Planning and Compulsory Purchase
Elizabeth Dunn

Elizabeth Dunn Partner

  • Energy and Utilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Real Estate
Patrick Robinson

Patrick Robinson Consultant

  • Energy and Utilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Planning and Compulsory Purchase
Gary Soloman

Gary Soloman Partner

  • Head of Planning and Compulsory Purchase
  • Regeneration and Highways
  • Compulsory Purchase and Compensation
Craig Whelton

Craig Whelton Partner

  • Scottish Planning 
  • Energy and Utilities 
  • Compulsory Purchase and Compensation

What others say...

Excellent experience and knowledge from key individuals with respect to the NSIP regime.
Legal 500 UK 2022

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