The briefing: Streamlining water infrastructure decisions

DEFRA is consulting on the draft document that will guide planning decisions on water resources infrastructure, such as reservoirs and desalinisation plants. Julian Boswall examines the implications

Water reservoir

Draft NPS aims to aid planning decisions on important water projects

What does the consultation cover?

DEFRA is consulting on whether the draft national policy statement (NPS) for water resources and infrastructure provides an appropriate and effective framework to examine and make decisions on development consent order (DCO) applications for water resources projects in England. The consultation closes on 31 January 2019. The draft NPS has been laid before parliament for consideration and the final NPS is intended to be designated by parliament later this year.

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