National Networks National Policy Statement

The National Networks National Policy Statement (NPS) sets the policy against which the Secretary of State for Transport will make decisions on applications for development consent for nationally significant infrastructure projects on the road and rail networks and strategic rail freight interchanges.

The statement is based on existing Government policy and only applies to England.

It provides planning guidance for promoters of nationally significant infrastructure projects on the road and rail networks, and the basis for the examination by the Examining Authority and decisions by the Secretary of State. The thresholds for nationally significant road, rail and strategic rail freight infrastructure projects are defined in the Planning Act 2008 ("the Planning Act") as amended (for highway and railway projects) by The Highway and Railway (Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project) Order 2013 ("the Threshold Order").

The Secretary of State will use this NPS as the primary basis for making decisions on development consent applications for national networks nationally significant infrastructure projects in England. Other NPSs may also be relevant to decisions on national networks nationally significant infrastructure projects. Under section 104 of the Planning Act the Secretary of State must decide an application for a national networks nationally significant infrastructure project in accordance with this NPS unless he/she is satisfied that to do so would:

  • lead to the UK being in breach of its international obligations;
  • be unlawful;
  • lead to the Secretary of State being in breach of any duty imposed by or under any legislation;
  • result in adverse impacts of the development outweighing its benefits;
  • be contrary to legislation about how the decisions are to be taken

Date: 17/12/2014 Date of publication

Author: Department for Transport

DCP link: This item updates DCP section 26.434 and 26.437


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