Consents advisory service

The UK planning system is a complex and highly politicised one. More and more vital projects are being held up by red tape, and many continue to fall at hurdles in the pre-application stage. This process can take years and can be extremely costly.

Infrastructure Matters provides strategic planning advice to help clients navigate the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) process, to ensure it is smooth and efficient, with no surprises along the way. Working across the energy, transport, water, waste and property sectors, our team of trusted advisors work closely with clients from the early stages of project planning, to set them up for success.

Our consents advisory service is led by Frances Fernandes. Having worked as an Examining Inspector for the Planning Inspectorate for over 12 years, Frances knows the common challenges projects face at all stages of the Development Consent Order (DCO) process. Frances and her team will be able to advise on likely issues at pre-application stage, the height of the bar at acceptance, what to expect and prepare for during examination, and the importance of thorough stakeholder engagement and consultation. This work can include:

Infrastructure Matters has a track record working on the early stages of some of the most significant infrastructure projects in the UK. Now with our consents advisory service, we offer a full suite of strategic advisory solutions. We act as trusted advisers, working closely with infrastructure developers to help anticipate and mitigate consenting, stakeholder and political challenges – saving time and money for vital infrastructure projects.