The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) was established by the Planning Act 2008 and will be the body responsible for the consenting of nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs). From today the IPC will be accepting applications for NSIPs in the energy and transport sectors. The Infrastructure Planning (Fees) Regulations 2010 also come into force today and provide that the fee payable when submitting an application to the IPC shall be £4,500. Additional fees will be payable as set out in the table here.

It should be also be noted that where applicants are unable to acquire information about interests in land, or access land for the purposes of surveying, they can request that the IPC authorise them to serve a notice requiring such information to be provided or access granted. Practice Guidance states that such requests should only be made as a last resort. They will incur a fee of £1,000 per request.