The application for the Keuper Gas Storage Facility, at Holford Brinefield, north of Middlewich, Cheshire has been given development consent by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to provide resilience to the UK gas supply network.
The underground gas storage facility will consist of up to 19 underground caverns, gas processing plant and associated development with capacity to store up to 500 standard million cubic meters (mcm) of natural gas, having an import and export capability of up to 34 mcm per day.
The application was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for consideration on 24 November 2015 and accepted for examination on 22 December 2015. Following a six month examination during which the public, statutory consultees and interested parties were given the opportunity to give evidence to the Examining Authority, a recommendation was made to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 15 December 2016.
The Planning Inspectorate is committed to giving local communities the opportunity of being involved in the examination of projects that may affect them. Local people, the local authority and other interested parties were able to participate in the 6 month long examination. The Examining Authority listened and gave full consideration to local views before making their recommendation.
The Planning Inspectorate’s Chief Executive, Sarah Richards said: “The Planning Inspectorate has again demonstrated its ability to examine Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) within timescales laid down in the Planning Act 2008.”
“The decision announced today supports the recommendation made by the Planning Inspectorate. It is the 65th application for a nationally significant infrastructure project and the 43rd energy project to be examined and decided.”
“This provides developers and investors with the confidence to build and improve the infrastructure this country needs to secure future economic growth.”
The decision, the recommendation made by the Examining Authority to the Secretary of State and the evidence considered by the Examining Authority in reaching its recommendation is publicly available on the National Infrastructure Planning website.
Journalists wanting further information should contact the Planning Inspectorate Press Office, on: 0303 444 5004 or 0303 444 5005 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors:
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 at https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/