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Advice given between between 1 October 2009 and 14 April 2015 has been archived.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.
Portishead Branch Line - MetroWest Phase 1 View all advice for this project
Advice regarding the status of notifications made in accordance with the 2009 EIA Regulations and the applicability with likewise requirements in the 2017 EIA Regulations.
Following our discussion last week, the Inspectorate understands that you do not intend to rely upon transitional provisions provided within the 2017 EIA Regulations. Instead you intend to submit a 2017 EIA Regulations compliant Environmental Statement (ES) to accompany the proposed Metrowest project application. You have requested advice regarding the status of notifications made in accordance with the 2009 EIA Regulations and the applicability with likewise requirements in the 2017 EIA Regulations. The Inspectorate is unable to provide legal advice, however, we do acknowledge that the notification requirements set out in Regulation 6 of the 2009 EIA Regulations (under which you have previously notified the Inspectorate of your intent to provide an ES) are essentially analogous with those specified in Regulation 8 of the 2017 EIA Regulations. The Inspectorate will have regard to these matters when the application is made. However, the Applicant should ensure that the application documents clearly explain the relationship between notifications made under the 2009 EIA Regulations and those under the 2017 EIA Regulations.