13 March 2019: WRSE director Trevor Bishop appeared in front of the Environment Food and Rural Affairs committee today to provide evidence as part of its inquiry into the draft National Policy Statement (NPS) for Water Resource Infrastructure.
The committee, chaired by Neil Parish MP, is scrutinising the draft NPS and in particular considering whether it will encourage the sustainable, resilient and safe infrastructure projects required to meet future challenges, if the assessment criteria that must be considered in development consent applications are adequately set out, the implications of streamlining the planning process and the effectiveness of Defra’s consultation.
Trevor appeared alongside Richard Aylard from Thames Water and Hannah Stanley-Jones from Anglian Water. Among the areas discussed were the role regional groups such as WRSE and WRE are taking to identify the strategic water resources and transfers needed to secure resilience both for customers and other water users; and how together they are looking at opportunities to move water between different regions.
They also discussed the important role the NPS will play in delivering major water resource infrastructure, while highlighting that it must be supported by planning process that joins up national, regional and company-level needs to enable the identification of the most appropriate and best value set of water resource schemes for the future.
To view WRSE’s written evidence to the EFRA committee click here.