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The Consultation opened on 18 October 2012 and closed on 28 November 2012. We received five responses from network operators. We did not receive any responses from individuals. As part of the consultation, we held a Stakeholder Event on 12 November 2012 to describe the proposals and give participants more information on them in response to questions. The event was attended by 27 people, including representatives of developers and NGOs.
All the respondents supported a revision to the fees in principle. One respondent commented on the level of fees proposed for new electric lines of 275kV and 400kV, which were considered to be too high for the potential resources used by DECC.
In light of the responses received we have re-visited the costs associated with Section 37 applications and have produced a revised level of fees as set out in the response document.
Following the publication of the Government Response, you can view the amendment to the The Electricity (Applications for Consent) Regulations on the legisliation.gov.uk website.
Fees payable to the Government for applications under Section 37 of the Electricity Act 1989 have not been revised since the Act was implemented in 1990, when the level of fees was set at £50 by the Electricity (Applications for Consent) Regulations 1990 (Statutory Instrument 1990/455) regulation 11. This consultation proposes to increase the fees payable to Government to better reflect the cost of processing applications for development consent of overhead lines.
It is Government policy that services should be on a “full-cost recovery basis” so that the cost to the taxpayer of providing such services is broadly neutral.
Significant changes to the planning system, particularly those implemented under the Planning Act 2008 that apply to development consent for electric lines, have come into effect. Government believes that it is an appropriate moment to revise fees for consent applications for electric lines under s.37 of the Electricity Act.
Email: OHLConsultation@decc.gsi.gov.uk Post: National Infrastructure Consents Team
Department of Energy and Climate Change
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