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Advice provided between the period between 1 October 2009 and 13 April 2011 has been archived and remains available to view on this spreadsheet.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

Expansion of Heathrow Airport (Third Runway) View all advice for this project

26 March 2018
Ian Liddiard


The Transport Committee has just concluded its inquiry into the Airports National Policy Statement. The Report will be published on our website tomorrow Friday 23 March at 00:01.
To briefly explain the “Nationally Significant Infrastructure Planning Process”:
The Government publishes a National Policy Statement (NPS). We, the Transport Select Committee, then launched an inquiry into the NPS, asking the public for written evidence. Witnesses were also summoned and based on both sets of evidence, the Committee will publish its Report tomorrow (see link above).
Heathrow Airport runs this consultation independently as part of the overall planning process. They are the individual promoter of the scheme (i.e. expansion) and such have to consult local people about the proposed project. These findings are then submitted by Heathrow Airport to the Planning Inspectorate, who in turn recommend to the Secretary State to either grant or refuse planning permission. It is then up to the Secretary of State (Government) to make a decision.

Advice given

For the avoidance of doubt, the consultation exercise currently being undertaken by Heathrow Airport Ltd (HAL) is non-statutory. There are important differences between non-statutory and statutory consultation in the Planning Act 2008 (PA2008) process and these are explained in the Planning Inspectorate’s Advice Note 8.1: attachment 1
In respect of your enquiry, if you have not received a satisfactory response from HAL you can contact your local authority. Local authorities have a special role in the PA2008 process which, amongst other things, involves advising potential applicants about preparing for and carrying out community consultation at the Pre-application stage of the process. Your local authority will be able to advise HAL in consideration of any comments you (or anybody else) make to it about the consultation process. More information about the role of local authorities in the PA2008 process is provided in the Planning Inspectorate’s Advice Note Two: attachment 1
For more information about statutory community consultation under the PA2008 please see our associated FAQ document: attachment 3

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