Video: Consenting gas storage projects under the new UK planning regime


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Summary: The security of natural gas supply is a nationally significant issue in the UK, as it is in other countries, and the need for adequate gas storage is a central factor to that requirement. In this video interview, BLP partners and planning law experts Tim Smith and Tim Pugh provide an overview of the key issues underpinning the consenting of gas storage projects under the new UK planning regime.

They provide answers to the following questions:

  • What scale of gas storage projects qualify for Development Consent Orders (DCOs) under the National Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) planning regime? (see 29 seconds into the interview)
  • What are some of the primary differences in how applicants achieve consent under NSIP versus the mainstream planning process? (@ 1 minute 16 seconds into the interview)
  • What are some of the key issues that clients need to consider or prepare for when they are approaching consenting under NSIP? (@ 3 minutes 33 seconds)
  • Could you elaborate on the determination process relating to NSIPs, and some of the issues arising from that process? (@ 5 minutes 18 seconds)
  • What are some of the environmental or human rights issues that companies seeking consents can face when seeking planning consents for gas storage projects? (@ 7 minutes 18 seconds)

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