|Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC)||
The IPC was set up by the Planning Act 2008, to handle applications for 'nationally significant infrastructure projects' in the field of energy, transport, water and waste. The IPC has since been abolished by the Localism Act 2011. Ministers will now make decisions on these major projects, on the basis of advice from the Planning Inspectorate.
Someone employed by the Planning Inspectorate, an independent agency of Government appointed by the Secretary of State to preside over inquiries into development plans and rule on planning appeals.