Infrastructure & Development Consent Orders (DCO)

RPS has an unrivalled track record of advising clients on major infrastructure projects in energy, transportation and aviation; taking a lead role in the preparation and coordination of planning applications and Development Consent Orders (DCOs). We work as an integral part of the project team, providing strategic advice that optimises commercial, outcome and programme considerations. We often take the lead role, steering project teams through this complex process.

Our service covers the following areas:

Site Identification and Alternatives reports

Planning and Consenting Strategy

Project Management and Coordination, Secondment

Stakeholder Engagement and Management

Feasibility and Optimisation of Design/Layout

Screening, Scoping and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

Environmental Permitting

Sustainability and Climate Change Assessment

Habitats Regulations Assessment

Production and Coordination of Supporting Documentation

Statements of Common Ground

Preparation of Evidence and appearance at Public Inquiries and Hearings

Tender Specification and Contractor Evaluation

Discharge of DCO Requirements and Planning Conditions

Construction Environmental Management

Our clients benefit from the practical knowledge and experience as well as the commercial and programme certainty that we offer in nationally significant infrastructure project management and consenting.

Key Contacts

Simon Gamage

Simon Gamage   |   Planning Director   |   Send Email

Simon is a senior infrastructure planner providing town and country planning, consents and environmental advice on major energy and infrastructure related developments. He has helped deliver complex consents for UK renewable energy developments collectively exceeding 3GW of generation capacity for clients including Centrica, SMart Wind, DONG Energy and FAB Link. Simon works closely with developer clients often working ‘in-house’ in key consents management and project delivery roles.

Dan Smyth

Dan Smyth   |   Director of New Business & Major Projects   |   Send Email

Dan is a consent project manager and technical expert who has taken a leading role in preparing DCO applications, and has worked on some of the most complex waste, energy and aviation projects in the UK. Working in the client’s interest as client representative, Dan coordinates and directs RPS’ skills and can assemble a team of experts covering most fields, from external as well as internal resources.

Andrew Stevenson

Andrew Stevenson   |   Associate   |   Send Email

Andy has provided planning and EIA advice on a number large scale infrastructure projects including DCO applications for NSIPs such as Hornsea Offshore Windfarm Projects One, Two and Three and the Kemsley 3 CHP Generating Station at DS Smith Paper Mill in Kent. He has advised on a wide range of matters including cable routing and HVDC/HVAC Substations. He also has prepared a number of applications for related consents including Marine Licenses from the MMO for projects such as the Tetney Sealine project and the surface water outfall for the Kemsley 3 CHP Generating Station.

Angela Schembri

Angela Schembri   |   Planning Director   |   Send Email

Angela is an accomplished planning project lead, with extensive experience in infrastructure planning and a thorough understanding of the consenting process for NSIPs. She is currently advising RiverOak Strategic Partners on their DCO plans to reopen Manston Airport and she worked as an integral part of the EdF Energy team on Hinkley Point C during its critical formative stages.

Andrew Lucas

Andrew Lucas   |   Planning Director   |   Send Email

Andrew has acted as consents officer for National Grid on its North Wales Connection DCO and was a key member of the project teams, providing planning input and project managing the first application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) in Wales at Merthyr as well as the South Hook CHP Plant in Milford Haven.