A consent by a Minister for a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) will take the form of a 'development consent orderP'. This will combine a grant of planning permission with a range of other separate consents, such as listed building consent.
A development consent order can include rights to compulsorily purchase land. There are also special procedures relating to cases such as commons, National Trust land, and land protected under the Green Belt (London & Home Counties) Act 1938.
The Minister will have scope to apply, modify or exclude legislation in a development consent order. A development consent order can also confer 'statutory authority' for carrying out development, an automatic defence against claims for statutory nuisance. Such powers already exist for railway-related development. However, those whose land is affected by a project retain existing rights to claim compensation.
Local planning authorities will police the implementation of conditions and also have enforcement powers against:
Finally, the Act includes provision for judicial review, allowing the questioning of the following events in relation to a development consent order: