The planning process
Who makes the decision?
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 & Industrial Strategy) who makes the final decision on whether the proposed project is acceptable. We expect to submit our Scoping Report to the Planning Inspectorate, in Summer 2017.
In March and April 2017 we held our first round of drop-in events, for local communities to come and meet the team, find out more about the project, and share their views with us. Find out more here.