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DCO route gives certainty over decision timescale

Date: 20/10/2017

Planning magazine reports that Highways England and individual highways authorities look to bring forward a significant pipeline of projects.

The NSIP procedure also faces pressure from county highways authorities' proposals. Suffolk County Council has obtained ministerial clearance to take bridge crossing proposals in Lowestoft and Ipswich through the process, even though they fall below the site area size thresholds set in government regulations.

Michael Wilks, consenting manager for the projects and the Planning Officers Society's NSIP specialist, says the authority expects to submit its Lowestoft proposal, on which consultation ends this month, in the first part of 2018. "The 2015 national policy statement on national networks sets a clear policy test on the need for highways infrastructure, which is really helpful to us. We chose the DCO route because it gives certainty over the decision timescale," he says.

MichaelWilks.jpg Michael Wilks

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