Getting to grips with NSIPs
Launch of new guidance for local councils

Launch event: Wednesday 18 October 2023
This event is FREE 

SCC's legal team, Sharpe-Pritchard, will present an overview of the NSIP process and be able to answer any questions you might have about NSIPs. SALC and SCC officers will also share their experience in NSIPs.

This presentation will be based on SALC and SCC's new guidance document on how town and parish councils can engage more effectively with the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) process.  The event marks the launch of this new guidance.

This is a great opportunity for parishes to gain knowledge and share experience on NSIPs, and ask questions of legal experts in the field, whilst networking with other local councils.

There will be one session in the afternoon, for those who already have some experience with the process, and another in the morning for those who have not yet gone through the NSIP process.

The events are taking place in Room W2.12, University of Suffolk Waterfront Building, Ipswich on Wednesday 18 October 2023.

Click on this link to book for the morning session for councillors and clerks new to NSIPS - 10 am to 12 noon

Click on this link to book for the afternoon session for councillors and clerks experience with NSIPs - 1 pm to 3 pm

A light lunch will be served between 12 noon - 1 pm for all to attend to network. (please advise of dietary/accessibility requirements)

Each seminar will be tailored to suit the level of experience, and there will be only limited repetition between the two should you wish to attend both events. 

The nearest public carpark is Duke Street, IP3 0AQ. More information, including prices, can be found by clicking on this link. 

 We are hosting these seminars hybrid. This is to increase the seminars' accessibility; however, attending in person is likely to be more beneficial. If you wish to join online, please click on this link to email SALC for the meeting link, stating: 

which sessions you intend to join, your name and role, the email address with which you want to join the meeting and the name of the council you are representing

If you have any questions about the event, please click on this link to email SALC.  


SALC recognised that there was a lack of guidance and support, to help town and parish councils engage with NSIPs, and was concerned, that the NSIP process is complicated and time-consuming for local councils. This issue was made worse, as around nineteen NSIPs have been approved, have applications submitted, or are in the pipeline for future application in Suffolk.

Starting in June 2023, SALC and SCC began to co-write a new guidance document, written for town and parish councillors and clerks, to promote positive engagement in the NSIP process.  All Suffolk district councils with NSIP experience were also invited to make comments, on the emerging draft document during its development. 

The guidance has been developed in a collaboration between SALC and SCC, using funding from the Department of Levelling Up Housing and Communities, which was obtained through the SCC NSIP Centre of Excellence Programme.

SALC has provided key expertise on the potential role of town and parish councils could play in NSIP projects, and how their powers and processed can be used to best effect, when tackling NSIPs. SCC has complemented this, with its significant knowledge of, and expertise in the NSIP process, gained through its work to improve the quality, and outcomes, of proposed NSIP projects in Suffolk.

SALC and SCC believe that strategic collaboration across the tiers of local government, to support effective hyperlocal participation, is essential, for both the communities affected by projects, and Suffolk as a whole.

The new guidance document includes definitions of key documents, stages, and procedures within the NSIP process, and supports town and parish councils with advice on what to expect, when, and what to look out for.  We hope that it will help foster improved communication and understanding between local authorities, and wider stakeholders, and ensure effective community engagement is at the heart of this complex process.  The guidance will be published on 18th October, on both SALC's and SCC's websites. 
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