How do you manage objections to your construction project so far?
Regardless of whether you are in charge of railway, energy plant, airport, road construction or other infrastructure projects: During the respective plan approval procedure, you - as the project developer or the plan approval or hearing authority are confronted with a large number of objections from those affected and with statements from public interest groups.
Usually, these objections and statements are processed manually and it takes numerous staff members to prepare hearing procedures and responses.
We digitise objection management for your infrastructure project!
With the Automated Processing Solution for Infrastructure, we offer you a powerful objection management system that analyses and evaluates objections to construction projects. Our tool provides you with targeted support in the realisation of your infrastructure project.
For successful hearing procedures, the tool creates a comprehensive overview of all arguments raised in the objections. It then suggests corresponding text modules, which have been created by lawyers or even complete response documents ready for dispatch for responding to the respective arguments. To ensure that you are well prepared for oral hearings, the Automated Processing Solution for Infrastructure also provides you with clear comparisons of all objections received and the respective responses.
Our solution is structured in a modular way. Decide for yourself to what extent or in which process steps we can support you:
Data extraction, analysis and preparation
The Automated Processing Solution for Infrastructure automatically analyses all objection letters and statements received. The information relevant for objection management is then extracted and structured by the tool. The results of the analysis are compiled in a central database.
Development of a central library for counterarguments
The response text modules created by your experts and/or PwC Legal are recorded in a central library. Access to the individual objections and responses can be managed by means of freely configurable authorisation concepts. The fully automatic allocation and storage in the central library ensures consistent and up-to-date argumentation at all times.
Drafting consistent responses
The Automated Processing Solution for Infrastructure analyses the objections to the specific project formulated in the letters, automatically searches the library for strong counter-arguments and creates an initial draft response. Depending on the client's wishes, this draft text is then forwarded to your experts or to the experts at PwC Legal for review (adaptation, if necessary) and approval.
Preparation of synopses for hearing procedures and preparation of the final statement
Using the tool, you have the option of receiving a clear presentation of all objections and responses at the touch of a button. You can also have synopses created that give you an overview of which counter arguments were used in response to which objection. The final statement pursuant to Section 73 para. 9 Administrative Procedure Act (VwVfG) can also be created automatically with the help of this information.
Choose between two options:
Put the process in our hands and reduce the workload of your employees.
Use the Automated Processing Solution for Infrastructure as an integrated part of your process structure. We are at your side to advise you on this.
- All-inclusive carefree package for your objection management
- We manage your entire objection management process
- No multi-year minimum term
- Selection of individual modules possible
- Application also possible in smaller projects, contact us
- Provision of our software solution as a self-service tool
- Flexible module scope: individual modules or the entire objection management process possible
- No multi-year minimum term
- Managed service support can be added at any time
- Application in small projects possible, contact us
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What is a plan approval procedure and when is it necessary for infrastructure projects?
The plan approval procedure is a formalised approval procedure on the permissibility of spatially significant projects and infrastructure projects, which includes public and private concerns in the weighing process at an early stage. The legal basis for the plan approval procedure is found in Section 72 et seqq Administrative Procedure Act (VwVfG), in the administrative procedure laws of the federal states and in special sectoral planning law. According to these, a plan approval is required, for example, for the construction of federal motorways under the Highway Act (FStrG) or the construction of certain power lines under the Energy Industry Act (EnWG) or the Grid Expansion Acceleration Act (NABEG).
How does a plan approval procedure usually go?
1. The project developer submits the application and the planning documents to the respective authority.
2. The hearing procedure – including the raising of objections by the affected parties, possible counter statements by the developer and the holding of the hearing – will take place.
3. The decision on the project application is made by the plan approval authority (so-called plan approval decision).
4. If necessary, an appeal procedure will take place.
What added value do synopses offer during objection management?
The aim and purpose of the hearing procedure is to gather all the reasons for or against the project to obtain an overview of the different interests. This weighing material forms the basis for the plan approval authority to decide on the application for the project. The synopsis helps the developer and/or the authority to obtain a comprehensive overview of the arguments presented in the objections and their weighting in a straightforward manner and to comment on them accordingly.
What are the advantages of software licensing or managed services?
The software offers you the possibility to manage your objections efficiently and reliably by yourself.
Our Managed Service also relieves you in your deployment of resources. The flexible option of adding Managed Service components allows you to mitigate peak workloads.
Does the tool's data protection policy comply with the requirements of the German Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO)?
Yes. Data security is our top priority, which is why our objection management system has been designed to comply with the DSGVO.