The consent order is for the construction of a tidal lagoon with a nominal capacity of 240MW.
The decision announced today follows a recommendation made on 10 March 2015 by the Planning Inspectorate and an examination process which met or exceeded all the statutory timescales laid down in The Planning Act 2008 (as amended by The Localism Act 2011).
The application was submitted for consideration on 7 February 2014 and accepted for examination on 6 March 2014. It is the 39th project to be decided under the Planning Act 2008 regime and is the first tidal lagoon proposal to be examined by the Planning Inspectorate.
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 Energy and Climate Change on 10 March 2015.
The Planning Inspectorate’s Chief Executive, Simon Ridley, said:
“This was the first tidal lagoon project to be examined by The Planning Inspectorate and a Panel of 5 Examining Inspectors was appointed. The examination, recommendation and decision have been within the statutory timescales laid down in the Planning Act 2008.”
“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. This, together with the certainty of knowing when a decision will be made, provides confidence in the planning process and aides the infrastructure improvements this country needs.”
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’s National Infrastructure Programme of Projects details the proposals which are anticipated to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate as applications in the coming months.