Martin Broderick
January 2021

Webinar: The Planning Inspectorate - major infrastructure during Covid

This is the first in a series of new evening webinars exploring how professionals involved in Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) have adapted their ways of working to the 'new normal' arising from the pandemic. In particular we will be highlighting examples of best practice of conducting EIAs during COVID-19 and exploring how innovative technology has been used to meet the challenges presented by the pandemic.

In this webinar, Martin Broderick Visting Professor at Oxford Brookes University and Examining Inspector at the National Infrastructure Directorate of the Planning Inspectorate, sets out the response of the UK Government’s Executive Agency responsible for planning processes for a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) in England to COVID-19 and how it ‘pivoted’ the technology of public participation to ensure that the public and wider stakeholders could continue to contribute to decision making despite restrictions imposed by the public health emergency. It proffers an example of an adaptive, reflective and co-production participatory process.

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