Building Democracy Report

Building Democracy? Exploring community consultation in Nationally Significant (Energy) Infrastructure Projects

Dr Katy Wright & Dr Mark Davis
November 2017

With the increasingly pressing need to renew and replace existing energy, transport and housing provision, infrastructure is once again high on the UK political agenda.

But how democratic is our national infrastructure, who decides what infrastructure we will get, and how are benefits and impact distributed?

The research behind this report explored the role of local communities in Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs ) with a particular focus on renewable energy developments. Our findings suggest that engagement in consultations is uneven, and shaped by a broader context of inequality, meaning that any gains achieved through participation are also unequally distributed.

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