National policy statement for water resources – infrastructure types and sizes

Closed 26 Apr 2018

Opened 5 Apr 2018


We held our first formal public consultation on the new National Policy Statement for Water Resources in late 2017 which included questions on the type of infrastructure it should apply to. We received a wide range of helpful views and evidence but with no clear consensus on what might be the most effective sizes of infrastructure to include within the Planning Act 2008 definitions.

Our first consultation is available here and the summary of responses we received is here for reference.

Why your views matter

We would now like your views on our new proposals for the types and sizes of infrastructure which should be considered as ‘nationally significant’. This consultation contains five questions specifically relating to the types and sizes of infrastructure. Click on the online survey button below to start.

The responses we receive now are important and will inform the final amendments to the Planning Act 2008 infrastructure thresholds. We will lay these before parliament later this year. Following this, we will consult on the draft National Policy Statement (NPS). The NPS provides the detailed planning policy guidance which is specific to the infrastructure types.

If you have any questions on this consultation please email


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