Our practice has a long-held expertise in the infrastructure sector. Originally securing many consents for clients under Section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989, we now have unrivalled experience in the Development Consent Order (DCO) process and have acted on many Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects since the inception of the Planning Act 2008.
We are often instructed at the very start of the process, assisting clients in structuring their teams to successfully deliver DCOs, using our experience across a wide range of different projects, and continue to advise throughout the preparation and submission of the application to examination. This ranges from advice on consultation, programme, policy and process to internal governance. We can act with a wider team to deliver documents for consultation and can prepare the planning documents which typically accompany DCOs including the Planning Statement, Design and Access Statement, and Consultation Report, as well as providing input to the drafting of the DCO itself. We frequently support clients during the examination, including at the hearings.
We have also acted in relation to significant aviation projects from advising on large scale airport development to land-side warehousing and commercial developments.
We also discharge requirements pursuant to DCOs (similar to planning conditions) and act in relation to variations to Section 36 consents and DCOs.