Register of advice

The list below is a record of advice the Planning Inspectorate has provided in respect of the Planning Act 2008 process.

There is a statutory duty under section 51 of the Planning Act 2008 to record the advice that is given in relation to an application or a potential application and to make this publicly available. Advice we have provided is recorded below together with the name of the person or organisation who asked for the advice and the project it relates to. The privacy of any other personal information will be protected in accordance with our Information Charter which you should view before sending information to the Planning Inspectorate.

Note that after a project page has been created for a particular application, any advice provided that relates to it will also be published under the ‘s51 advice’ tab on the relevant project page.

Advice given between between 1 October 2009 and 14 April 2015 has been archived. View the archived advice.

Enquiry received via email


10 August 2020
Graham Fraley


Dear Sirs I am trying to clarify procedure. If a local council gives planning permission for groundwork investigation related to a NIP and groundworks are clearly for a larger project should the local council reject the application? I presume the local council should follow the NPS? Kind regards Graham Fraley

Advice given

Dear Mr Fraley, Thank you for your email. Whilst the Planning Inspectorate cannot comment on any Local Authority’s planning or decision, it might be that some of the groundwork currently being conducted could be part of survey work. If the works are in relation to a potential Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP), providing your comments to the Local Authority may be considered as part of the Local Authority’s response on the project; if an application is submitted to the Planning Inspectorate. Please see this Advice Note on how the NSIP process is conducted. We would advise you to contact your Local Authority for further information on the current works and provide you with the relevant advice. Yours Sincerely, Paige Hall