Practical Guide to National Infrastructure Projects

Law firm Bircham Dyson Bell (BDB), in conjunction with Butterworths, has announced the publication of the first guide to the wholly new process for obtaining consent for national infrastructure projects under the Planning Act 2008.

Under the Planning Act 2008 far reaching changes to the way in which such projects are both identified and approved were introduced. The changes are significant and will impact upon the future development of a wide range of projects from nuclear power stations to new airport runways, reservoirs, ports, highways and rail projects.

Robbie Owen, Head of Major Projects at BDB, said:

The ‘Practical Guide to National Infrastructure Projects’ will provide both promoters and objectors with a practical step by step explanation of the new regime along with detailed guidance on the issues which typically arise in the development of major projects, such as environmental impact assessment, consultation and the management of objections”.

Butterworths commissioned BDB to write the Guide given their market leading position of advising both promoters and objectors of/to nationally significant infrastructure projects across the UK. A team of lawyers at BDB pulled together their expertise and years of knowledge gained through advising a diverse range of clients to produce the user- friendly Guide and practical reference source to the new regime.

Welcoming publication of the Guide Sir Robert Walmsley, Chairman of the Major Projects Association, commented:

“As the new system provided by the Planning Act comes into force, it is important that those involved in the planning and delivery of major infrastructure projects have a clear understanding of how the new regime will operate. It is therefore with great pleasure that I welcome this clear, practical and authoritative guide to the new regime by Bircham Dyson Bell, a law firm and major projects consultancy well known for their expertise in advising on major infrastructure and other projects”.

The Guide complements BDB's work in editing the majority of Butterworths Planning Law Service and producing Butterworths monthlyPlanning Law Bulletin.

For more information about the Guide and to order a copy.

Mark Challis
For and on behalf of Bircham Dyson Bell LLP