Government publishes response to Water NSIP Consultation

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Earlier today DEFRA published their response to the Consultation on National Policy Statement for Water Resources Infrastructure – types and sizes of projects.  This effectively sets the criteria to determine a proposals classifiacation as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project.

The key intended changes to the thresholds in the Planning Act 2008 are stated as:

Reservoirs

  • increase in volume held back to 30 million m3 (30,000 megalitres) with a qualifying figure of 80 megalitres per day deployable output.

 

Transfers

  • reduction in the threshold from the current 100 million m3 to developments which are expected to exceed 80 million litres per day deployable output.

 

Desalination

  •  introduction of a specific definition for desalination plants which exceed 80 million litres per day deployable output.

 

Effluent reuse

  • no separate definition envisaged, but schemes that are considered to be nationally significant, could be directed into the NSIP regime.

 

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