ICE response to BEIS on Planning for New Energy Infrastructure

This response addresses BEIS’s proposals for revisions to the Energy National Policy Statements and the need to evolve the UK’s strategic infrastructure planning regime.

  • Updated: 26 November 2021
  • Author: David Hawkes, ICE Lead Policy Manager

The Energy National Policy Statement (NPS) is an example of an NPS that provides both a strategic overview as well as specific recommendations on energy infrastructure development.

A single National Policy Statement for infrastructure could achieve the same effect, with the National Infrastructure Strategy serving as the strategic element, or first chapter, of that single NPS and sector-specific annexes developed to add specifics for different infrastructure sectors.

Such an approach would ensure consistency across sectors on issues such as biodiversity net gain and noise limits, and would ensure strategy drives planning and development.

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