Over the past 10 months, Progress Power has received various comments from local people, local councils and a range of interested organisations about its proposed power station at Eye Airfield and its related infrastructure. These comments have influenced the evolution of the overall Project design that will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate, for examination on behalf of the Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change.
Yesterday (Thursday, March 6th) was the final day for Progress Power to receive comments and address them as part of the application process for a Development Consent Order (DCO). The comments received between May 2013 and yesterday, and Progress Power’s response to them, will be included in a comprehensive Consultation Report that will form part of Progress Power’s DCO application. The Consultation Report will be made publicly available alongside the other Project reports, such as the Environmental Statement.
After today, any comments made to Progress Power about the Project will be considered by the Project team but will not be referenced in the Consultation Report.
If the application is accepted, people can register via the Planning Inspectorate website as an “interested party” which allows them to participate in the Inspectorate’s examination process. For further information, please visit http://infrastructure.planningportal.gov.uk/application-process/participating-in-the-process/
The Planning Inspectorate will conduct a thorough scrutiny of Progress Power’s DCO application only after it has accepted the DCO application for examination. Progress Power is aiming to submit its DCO application at the end of this month. The Planning Inspectorate will make a decision on whether or not to accept the application within 28 days of the submission.