NIPA event

BDB Pitmans and Burges Salmon are delighted to a host the inaugural event of the NIPA Nippers.

The NIPA Nippers group has been founded to provide a forum for junior practitioners (up to 10 years’ experience) of all backgrounds in the infrastructure planning sphere to learn, network, and share experiences and ideas at a variety of events
from panel discussions and debates to social events.

Our first event will be a panel discussion followed by an informal Q&A session on Wednesday 13 October from 4.30-5.30pm. We have a variety of panellists, from a range of sectors, who will discuss the pitfalls and their top tips for each stage of a DCO application.

The event is aimed at junior NIPA members – although all are welcome! We are thrilled to be joined by the below speakers. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask them questions. Please RSVP to to receive Zoom details.

Angus Walker, BDB Pitmans

Angus is a planning and infrastructure partner with BDB Pitmans LLP. He specialises in acting for clients who wish to promote or oppose applications for development consent orders (DCOs) for nationally significant infrastructure projects under the Planning Act 2008, with a leading practice in this field. He has been working almost exclusively in this area since it came into being in 2008, although he also advises on hybrid bills, transport and works act orders, harbours act orders and other special consents. Since 2009 he has maintained a blog on the Planning Act 2008 regime that now has over 900 entries and over 1,000 subscribers, and has set out the evolution of the infrastructure planning regime since its inception. As a result Angus is regarded as a thought leader in this area.
Liz Dunn is a Partner at Burges Salmon

Burges Salmon. She has been involved with the NSIP regime since its launch, consenting the first offshore wind farm under the regime, the first s.35 direction from BEIS and (possibly still) the longest linear infrastructure NSIP. Liz recently obtained consent for the A38 Derby Junctions scheme for Highways England (now National Highways) and the West Burton OCGT for EDF. She is also advising on a number of early stage offshore wind schemes.

Rob Ranger, National Highways

Rob is a Chartered Town Planner with over 10 years of experience in the profession, and a member of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation. He is currently a Town Planner/Development Consent Order Specialist at National
Highways. Rob joined the Infrastructure Planning Commission in 2010, and contributed to the Planning Inspectorate’s response to the Planning for a Sustainable Future White Paper prior to that. He has led project-specific teams responsible for the examination of many applications, including the highly contentious Whitemoss Landfill Extension and the first ever Highways England (now National Highways) DCO on the A19 Coast Road near Newcastle. He is currently supporting a portfolio of National Highways schemes at all stages, including the A417 Missing Link and A57 ‘Trans Pennine’ schemes which are awaiting the start of their examinations.

Amarjit Doow-Powell, National Highways

Amarjit is a Chartered Town Planner with 19 years of experience in the private sector, local authority and National Highways. Amarjit is a member of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation. For National Highways, Amarjit has advised on four DCO applications, two Highways Act Order consents, one with a Compulsory Purchase Order, all in the North-West and Midlands. Following five years in the National Highways DCO Team, she has recently moved to a Strategic Sponsorship role, focusing on the feasibility stage of schemes across the North.

Tom Carpen, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

Tom is a qualified town planner, with 18 years specialising in infrastructure planning. Tom has worked extensively in the public sector in policy, implementation and management roles at the GLA, Planning Inspectorate and currently at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, where he is on long term secondment as part of the team working on the reform of the NSIP process. Tom also has private sector experience as an infrastructure planning consultant with Barton Willmore, advising promoters and interested parties on NISPs, and has previously held a board role at the National Infrastructure Planning Association.

Ideas for future events and volunteers welcome

We would love to hear the types of events you would like to attend and the topics that you would be interested in. Please take a few moments to fill in this anonymous survey so we can tailor our events to interest.

Please do share this invite with your junior colleagues and get in touch with and if you wish to assist with organising future events or have any ideas of what you’d like to attend! Personal information provided or collected during the webinar will be shared with the webinar organisers from NIPA Nippers who will use it to communicate with you regarding this event and for pre- and post-event administration purposes.

Data regarding your attendance of the webinar will also be shared with NIPA Nippers.

The event is open to NIPA members only.

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