As from 12 July 2014, members of the public are able to register with The Planning Inspectorate and make a representation about the proposed Hinkley Point C Connector.
The application was submitted on 28 May 2014 and the decision to accept the application to proceed was made on 19 June 2014 in accordance with section 55 of the Planning Act 2008 (as amended by the Localism Act 2011).
The application is for development consent for a connection to the national grid, which is proposed to run between Bridgwater, Somerset and Seabank, near Avonmouth.
The public and those interested in the proposal can register with the Planning Inspectorate until midnight on 26 August 2014.
People can register easily online, or they may call The Planning Inspectorate’s helpline: 0303 444 5000 for a printed registration form, which must be completed and returned by 26 August 2014.
Simon Ridley, Chief Executive of The Planning Inspectorate said: “This is an opportunity for people to play a part in the planning process and influence the outcome. We encourage people to get involved by registering as an interested party. By doing so, people will be able to participate fully in the examination of this proposal”.
Those who register will be entitled to provide evidence in writing to support their representation, to attend the Preliminary Meeting, to request an open floor hearing and to speak at other hearings where appropriate.
A copy of the application together with further information about the proposal and how to register to make a relevant representation is available on the National Infrastructure Planning website.
Journalists wanting further information should contact the Planning Inspectorate’s Press Office, on: 0303 444 5004 or 0303 444 5005 or 0303 444 5082 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copies of application documents
A copy of the application form and its accompanying documents, plans and sections is available for inspection free of charge from 1 July 2014 until 26 August 2014, at the following locations and times set out below:
|National Grid Information Hub, 13 Colliers Walk, Nailsea, BS48 1RG||Tuesdays: 10am to 4pm, Saturdays: 10am to 2pm|
|Sedgemoor District Council, Bridgwater House, King Square, Bridgwater, TA6 3AR||Mondays to Fridays: 8.45am to 5pm|
|North Somerset Council, Town Hall, Walliscote, Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UJ||Mondays to Fridays: 9am to 6pm, Saturdays: 9am to 4pm, Sundays: 11am to 4pm|
|West Somerset Council, West Somerset House, Killick Way, Williton, Taunton, TA4 4QA||Mondays to Thursdays: 8:30am to 5pm, Fridays: 8:30am to 4:30pm|
Copies of the application documents can be viewed on the National Infrastructure Planning website.
Copies of the documents, plans and maps can be provided on request from email@example.com or by telephone 0800 377 7347. A reasonable copying charge will apply (up to a maximum of £1000 for supplying a hard copy of the full suite of application documents, and £10 for supplying an electronic copy on electronic flash card). Copies of individual documents are also available on request. A reasonable charge may be applied.
Notes to editors
- Under the Localism Act, the IPC was abolished on 1 April 2012 and its work transferred to the Planning Inspectorate. A new national infrastructure directorate has been created within a restructured Planning Inspectorate.
- As from April 2012, the relevant Secretary of State is the decision maker on all national infrastructure applications for development consent. At the end of the examination of an application, which will still be completed within a maximum of six months, the Planning Inspectorate will have 3 months to make a recommendation to the relevant Secretary of State who will then have a further 3 months to reach their decision.
- The Planning Inspectorate, National Infrastructure Programme of Projects details the proposals which are anticipated to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate as applications in the coming months. It can be viewed on the National Infrastructure Planning website
The process in a snapshot
There are six key stages within the process. The summary below provides examples of when and how people have an opportunity to provide evidence to the Planning Inspectorate.
- Project development / developer’s pre-application consultation and publicity
- Environmental impact assessment preparation and scoping, where required
- Have their say on the proposal to the developer through their pre application consultation
Acceptance by the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of the Secretary of State
- The Secretary of State has 28 days from the day after receipt to decide whether or not an application should be accepted for examination
- Details will be posted at the Planning Inspectorate’s website on how to register as an interested party – once an application has been accepted for examination and publicised by the developer
- Opportunity to legally challenge a decision not to accept an application
- Single Inspector or a Panel of three or more Inspectors appointed
- Preliminary Meeting called and held
- Procedure and timetable set for examination
- Register to say what you agree or disagree with in the application
- Submit your representation
- View application documents submitted by the developer on the Planning Inspectorate website
- Attend the Preliminary Meeting
- Say how the examination should be conducted
- A maximum of six months to carry out the examination
- Submit more detailed comments in writing
- Comment on what other people have said
- Request and attend an open-floor hearing
- If being held, request to speak at open-floor and / or issue specific hearing(s)
- Comment on the local authority’s Local Impact Report - detailing the impact of the scheme on the local area
- A maximum of three months for Planning Inspectorate to issue a recommendation to the relevant Secretary of State, with a statement of reasons
- The relevant Secretary of State then has a further three months from receiving the recommendation in which to issue the decision
- six weeks for any legal challenge
- opportunity to challenge