Developers are Given Free Guidance on Working with the Infrastructure Planning Commission in New Report

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Communications specialists Quantum PR and public affairs consultancy Politics International have launched a new report on the Infrastructure Planning Commission, which is due to take over from local authorities in April 2010 in deciding to grant planning application for nationally significant infrastructure projects. The report explains how developers can manage the IPC's consultation requirements.

Our experience in planning and community relations has taught us that targeting the right people at the right time can make a crucial difference in the outcome of a planning application. We are currently running community engagement programmes for major renewable energy providers and it is our job to guide them through the new system.

Communications specialists Quantum PR and public affairs consultancy Politics International have launched a new report on the Infrastructure Planning Commission and how developers can manage its consultation requirements.

The report, which the two companies have made free to download, explains the five crucial stages at which organisations involved in nationally significant infrastructure projects can make their case to the IPC. In April 2010, the IPC is due to take over from the local authorities in deciding to grant planning application for these larger projects, and every organisation involved in commissioning, designing, building or operating a major new project in the areas of energy, transport, water and waste will be affected.

Charlie Vavasour, Managing Director of Quantum PR, said: "Our experience in planning and community relations has taught us that targeting the right people at the right time can make a crucial difference in the outcome of a planning application. We are currently running community engagement programmes for major renewable energy providers and it is our job to guide them through the new system."

The report, which can be downloaded from http://www.quantumpr.co.uk/ipc, answers key questions which developers will need to familiarise themselves with in anticipation of the new process, including:

  •     What is the IPC and how does it work?
  •     Who's who at the IPC?
  •     When will it happen?
  •     How can I make my case?

David Massingham, Director of Politics International, said: "The new IPC process will make winning consent more straightforward by taking the politics out of the decision-making. But effective consultation and communication at all levels will continue to be vital, and that is where we can provide strategic guidance through the still complex requirements."

More information can be found at http://www.quantumpr.co.uk/ipc or by contacting Charlie Vavasour on 01233 614 525 or David Massingham on 020 7592 3819.

About the Infrastructure Planning Commission
The IPC's remit is to take decisions on those projects that have been identified as nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs). It will take over the current role of local authorities in determining those large-scale planning applications that are deemed to be in the public interest, although the local authority will still be consulted once the application becomes site specific.

About Quantum Public Relations
Quantum PR is a full service PR and marketing agency based in Ashford, Kent. It specialises in working for the public sector, or for private companies who work with the public sector, and has a varied client base which includes local authorities, waste management companies, energy companies and utilities. The company's specialists have gained particular knowledge of dealing with controversial planning issues, and regularly carry out stakeholder audits and develop stakeholder and community engagement programmes to support the written or verbal representation businesses might wish to make as part of the new process. Formerly DTW Vavasour, the company has recently rebranded and was listed in PR Week's 2009 Top 25 Public Sector Agencies.

About Politics International
Politics International is a public affairs consultancy whose core business revolves around political and public policy decisions made in Europe, Westminster and in the devolved regional and local administrations across the UK. They have extensive and first-hand experience of working with the political and governmental institutions in a wide range of policy areas. They provide strategic advice and support to clients on all aspects of public policy, from national legislative initiatives to locally contentious projects.

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