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Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) cover a range of projects in the fields of energy, transport, water and waste above certain size thresholds. The types of projects and the thresholds are set out in Sections 14 to 30 of the Planning Act 2008. If a project falls within any of these types and thresholds, the promoter will have to apply for permission to develop by way of a 'development consent order' to the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC), instead of applying for planning permission by the usual route via a local planning authority.

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