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.

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. 

We have now submitted our Scoping Report to the Planning Inspectorate and you can view it here.

We will host our first round of Public Information Days later this month for local communities to come and meet the team, find out more about the project, and share their views with us. found out when these will take place here. You can also get involved online by clicking here.

Last updated: 2017-01-06 09:33