The planning process

As the proposed project is for electricity generation of more than 100MW, it is classed as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) under the Planning Act 2008 and we will therefore apply for a Development Consent Order (DCO).

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. 

The general process for NSIP applications is set out in the video above. The project now has a place on the Planning Inspectorate's website.

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 November 2017 we have published our Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC) and will enter a period of formal consultation on our Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR) from 27th November to 12th January 2018. A series of local events will be held from 5th December onwards and further information on these Public Information Days can be found on this page here.

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.

A further round of engagement was held in May 2017, and many local events have been attended by our team to raise awareness of the project and share information.

Last updated: 2017-04-11 17:40