On Friday 10 February, the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) announced that it has been asked to review the current approach to National Policy Statements (NPS) and identify how the planning system could create greater certainty for infrastructure investors, developers and local communities. The commission has been asked to undertake the review as the government prepares to publish an Action Plan on Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects. It will assess whether the current process of reviewing NPSs every five years is proving effective, and how the strategic statements could provide more confidence in planning system outcomes. The commission’s final report is due to be published in the spring.
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