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Advice provided between the period between 1 October 2009 and 13 April 2011 has been archived and remains available to view on this spreadsheet.

Enquiry received via email


29 May 2018
Waitrose - Andrew Bodman


I am enquiring about registering as an interested party for a nationally significant infrastructure project. An individual appears to need to state how the proposed infrastructure project is going to affect them.
Is there then a process at the Planning Inspectorate which screens out those people who have not made a significantly strong case that they will be affected? Or are all such requests to become an interested party accepted, assuming they are not frivolous?
Are there geographical limits on the distance between an interested party and where the proposed project will be built?

Advice given

Registration to participate in an examination is achieved by submitting a Relevant Representation, which must include an outline of the principal submissions which the person proposes to make to make to the examination. This can be a high-level summary ('topic headings' or similar) and there will be an opportunity to make fuller submissions during the examination.
There is no process of assessing the 'strength' of a representation at registration (though an outline of principle submissions must be included), nor is there a geographical restriction on registration.
If you have not already, I suggest you read our advice note 8.2, "how to register to participate in an examination", which is available on our website here: attachment 1

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