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DNS (Planning (Wales) Act 2015)

What is a DNS?

Under The Planning (Wales) Act 2015, developments of national significance (DNSs) are planning applications considered to be of the greatest significance to Wales because of their potential benefit and impact.

DNSs fall into five general categories (Energy; Transport; Water; Waste Water and Waste) and consist of any of the following: electricity generating stations (including onshore wind farms) with an installed generating capacity of between 10 and 50 megawatts; underground gas storage facilities; facilities for liquid natural gas; gas reception facilities; airports; railways; rail freight interchanges; dams and reservoirs; facilities for transfer of water resources; waste water treatment plants and hazardous waste facilities.

Under the DNS regime, developers seeking planning permission for infrastructure development which is identified as a development of national significance will submit their applications to Welsh ministers rather than to their local authority.

Under the DNS regime, developers seeking planning permission for infrastructure development which is identified as a development of national significance will submit their applications to Welsh ministers rather than to their local authority.

The Planning Inspectorate Wales (PINS Wales) is the agency responsible for operating the planning process for DNSs.

What is HSE's role?

HSE is a statutory consultee for all Developments of National Significance (DNSs) in Wales. Both the applicant and the Planning Authority have a statutory duty to consult HSE.

Updated: 2016-06-02