Promoting and enhancing best practice and technical expertise

CPT Inaugural Infrastructure Conference

Infrastructure development and renewal is key to creating a sustainable and prosperous future for the UK. This conference looks at what is best practice, what is reasonable and excessive, and importantly, what is expected of the advisors during the process. 

Start Date Venue Price  
19 January 2017 Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, London    

Note: All prices are to be paid in GBP and are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate

Event duration: Day Event (lunch included), 6.25 CPD hours.
Registration from: 9.15. Event starts at: 9.45. Event finishes at: 17.05.

The Planning Act 2008 heralded a new system that has delivered, and continues to deliver, large infrastructure projects. Experiences to date suggest the system is generally working well and a maturing system has brought benefits. However, it has also created some unintended consequences, primarily mission creep where more detailed and onerous obligations are making schemes more difficult to deliver.

Have we now got to the stage where the promised benefits of fast tracking, and earlier certainty, are outweighed by the demands of a front loaded system? Are time, cost and process now inhibiting bringing forward projects?

This conference looks at the deliverance of major schemes, with the main focus on practice, not policy, nor on championing legislative reform.

Who should attend:

  • Developers and promoters
  • Planners
  • Land assembly professionals
  • Infrastructure asset owners and operators
  • Transport infrastructure owners and operators
  • Lawyers
  • Local authorities
  • Statutory consultees



Welcome and review of current issues by chairman

Infrastructure in World Context

UK and World Infrastructure Context

Infrastructure in UK Context

Infrastructure Commission Consultation: The next steps

  • What are the challenges in creating an infrastructure assessment which is not just a list of projects?
  • How do we cope with uncertainty about the future - and where do these lie?
  • Rising above consultation into engagement - with very many stakeholders
  • Where is the balance between public and private finance and funding?

Infrastructure Legislative Framework

New EU EIA Directive and the Habitat Directive revisited

  • Are we still implementing the EIA Directive?
  • What are the warts and all demands of the directive; how do we deal with the onerous obligations?
  • What should we expect from existing Directives?
  • Has Brexit any impact on how we are to bring forward development sites?
  • Habitat bullets needed too, but focus on “We all know the law, but how do we deal with this in practice?”

Preparing the Scheme

Dealing with Alternatives

  • Requirement to consider alternatives
  • Consideration of alternatives at different scales - Macro (north or south) and micro (this land or that) alternatives
  • Considering, weighting and decision making in deciding alternatives
  • Inclusion of alternatives within the DCO - Hinkley connection example
  • When are alternatives too late?

Flexibility In Design

Acquisition of land and Rights

  • Compulsory Acquisition matters
  • Temporary use of land: when does temporary become permanent?
  • Funding statements
  • When to engage landowners
  • Local Authority - v- private landowners
  • Being clear on what is the scheme, what you are acquiring, and justifying

Dealing with communities

  • How to engage
  • A two way engagement between promoter and community
  • How to deal with protesters
  • Constraints of developers

Motives and Tactics from Statutory Consultees

  • How to best engage with Statutory Consultees
  • The nature and extent of engagement
  • Tools for good engagement
  • The benefit of good pre-application engagement
  • Variations of approach
  • Examination tactics
  • How much disagreement is possible without undermining the scheme

Presenting the Scheme

Final Preparations for your Hearing

  • Preparation before and after receipt of the agenda
  • Honing your presentation
  • Make best use of your Counsel and expert witnesses

Post Consent

Post consent – the new battleground

  • Correction orders
  • Non-material change orders
  • Discharging requirements
  • Creative ways to change a project 

Practical Consequences of post consent

  • Meeting obligations
  • Communication
  • Working with Stakeholders
  • Change
  • Information Availability