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Planning & Consultation

Public consultation is an integral part of the planning process. Local residents, businesses and other local interest groups have been consulted and their views helped shape the final application that was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate.


Following careful consideration of, amongst other things, the pre-application consultation carried out by Progress Power, the Planning Inspectorate confirmed on April 25th 2014 that the application met the standards required to be formally accepted for examination.

The full suite of documents submitted by Progress Power can be accessed on the Planning Inspectorate’s website at:


The Examination Phase for Progress Power concluded on 24 January 2015 and the Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change is expected to make a decision on whether to award a Development Consent Order by mid-2015.

Prior to the submission of its application seeking a Development Consent Order, Progress Power undertook a two stage consultation process: ‘Non-Statutory Consultation’ which began in May 2013 followed by a period of ‘Statutory Consultation’ which began on 3 October 2013 and closed on 7 November 2013.  The consultation plan (known as the Statement of Community Consultation) met all legal requirements and was based on a range of advice and guidance.

This website is just one element of our consultation activities which was agreed in consultation with Mid Suffolk District Council and Suffolk County Council, and shared with the Planning Inspectorate and local parish councils.  The Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC) was published on 12 September 2013, and is available to view on this website. In addition to the SOCC, other information about the project and environmental impact studies carried out has been shared with the local councils and made available to the public.

Leaflets about the project were distributed to local households and businesses in October 2013 and seven public exhibitions were held that month at six locations in the area, including the town of Eye, and the villages of Mellis and Yaxley. These were advertised in the local area.

In February 2014, Progress shared its plans for the electrical connection compound (and the access to it) with the local community, elected representatives and other interests.

In April 2014, members of the local community were advised that Progress had submitted its application for a Development Consent Order to the Planning Inspectorate.

Throughout the process, the PPL team has corresponded with and held a series of meetings with local politicians, including local MPs, to discuss the project and seek to address their issues.

Members of the public continued to get involved in the process and make representations to the Planning Inspectorate throughout the Examination Phase. For information about the Examination process, please visit the Progress Power section on the Planning Inspectorate’s website:

For more information about the pre-application consultation carried out by Progress Power, please see the Consultation Report Non-Technical Summary on the Key Documents page.