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 development consent order (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/DCO 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:

  • Water infrastructure.
  • Highways.
  • Rail, rail freight and ports.
  • Grid connections.
  • Pipelines – hydrogen, CO2, natural gas.
  • Offshore wind.
  • Biomass.
  • Energy from waste.
  • Gas and nuclear power stations.
  • Pumped storage.
  • Solar and battery storage.

Advising two water undertakers on water transfer NSIP proposals.

Advising Progressive Energy on HyNet carbon dioxide pipeline NSIP as part of the blue hydrogen project.

Advising Statera Energy on its consented Thurrock 620MW gas and 150MW battery NSIP.

Advising promoters of offshore wind farm NSIP proposals, including Sofia, Hornsea Project One, Sheringham Shoal and Dudgeon Extensions, Awel y Mor and Five Estuaries.

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

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

Advising Highways England/National Highways on the A417 Missing Link, A303 Sparkford and A38 Derby Junctions NSIP schemes.

Advising Department for Transport on some of its decision making for rail, rail freight, ports, highways and aviation NSIPs.

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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