Applications for a DCO are submitted to the Planning Inspectorate, which processes and examines the applications before making a recommendation to the relevant Secretary of State (in this case the Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy) who makes the final decision on whether the proposed project is acceptable.
Advice and guidance
The Planning Inspectorate has published a series of advice notes that are intended to inform developers, consultees, the public and others about a range of process matters in relation to the Planning Act 2008 process. Advice note eight has been produced in five sections and aims to take you step by step through the planning process for major infrastructure projects. You can find these in the right hand column of this page.
Thanet Extension's progress through the process
In January 2017 we submitted a Scoping Report to the Planning Inspectorate and held a series of information events locally. They were attended by more than 150 people, who shared their views and feedback on the proposal. A report has been sent to all participants and you can read here what key issues emerged from these sessions. Download the report here.