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National Policy Statements

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for the publication of national policy statements (NPSs); and what subject topics each NPS will cover. (253898)

The Department for Communities and Local Government published a Route Map for implementation of the Infrastructure Planning Commission regime, including the current timetable for preparation of national policy statements, on its website on 27 January. Copies are also in the House Library.

The Government are planning initially to produce 12 NPSs covering the following infrastructure sectors:

Overarching Energy (setting the context for the other five energy NPSs) as follows:

Renewables

Fossil Fuel

Electricity Networks (i.e. power lines etc.)

Oil and Gas Infrastructure (e.g. pipelines and storage)

Nuclear Power

Ports

National Networks (i.e. strategic roads and railways, including strategic rail and freight interchanges)

Airports

Waste Water (e.g. sewage treatment infrastructure)

Water Supply (e.g. reservoirs)

Hazardous Waste (e.g. high temperature incineration).

The first tranche—the NPSs on Non-Nuclear Energy and Ports—are currently scheduled for publication for consultation in the summer and then designation in early 2010.

Our current plans for the later NPSs are as follows:

We plan to start the consultation on the Nuclear NPS in 2009 following on from the package of non-nuclear energy NPSs, and aim to designate this NPS in the spring of 2010.

The National Networks NPS is scheduled for consultation and parliamentary scrutiny in autumn 2009 with designation later in 2010.

We expect consultation on the Waste Water NPS late in 2009, with the Hazardous Waste NPS published for consultation in spring 2010, the Water Supply NPS later in 2010, and the Airports NPS planned for public consultation by 2011.