Our Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP) lawyers have been pioneers of the NSIP regime from the beginning. 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).

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. If you’d like to subscribe to our webinars, please contact Paul Kitson in our marketing team.

Areas of focus

Our Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects experience covers the following:

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

Advising Highways England on its first NSIP application following the change from the Highways Agency in April 2015, in relation to the A19/A1058 Coast Road scheme in North Tyneside.

Acting on Covanta's Brig y Cwm 750,000 tonne energy from waste facility which was only the second application to be accepted for examination and the first in Wales.

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, Power and Utilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Planning and Compulsory Purchase
Elizabeth Dunn

Elizabeth Dunn Partner

  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Real Estate
Patrick Robinson

Patrick Robinson Partner

  • Energy, Power 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

What others say...

"They provide clear guidance and communication... This gives the client confidence that decisions they make are fully informed and fully evaluated."
Chambers UK, 2019