Press release

Whitemoss Landfill application - registration opens to make a representation

Members of the public are now able to register and make a representation about the Whitemoss Landfill proposal in Skelmersdale

Waste to Energy Plant

The proposed project is for the construction of new hazardous waste management facilities at Whitemoss Landfill, comprising the construction of new landfill void to the west of the existing landfill site for the disposal of hazardous waste together with associated development. The applicant, Whitemoss Landfill Ltd, announced that the period for the public and those interested in the proposal to register with the Planning Inspectorate as an interested party closes on 28 February 2014.

To help people understand how to the process works and how to register as an Interested Party, Planning Inspectorate staff will be holding the following drop-in events in Skelmersdale:

Date: Monday 17 February 2014 Time: 12:00pm to 5:00pm Venue: between the lottery kiosk and the Citizens Advice Bureau on the ground floor of the Concourse Shopping Centre, Skelmersdale, Lancashire, WN8 6LN.

Date: Monday 17 February 2014 Time: 5:00pm to 7:00pm Venue: Skelmersdale Library, Southway, Skelmersdale, Lancashire, WN8 6NL.

Date: Tuesday 18 February 2014 Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm Venue: Skelmersdale Library, Southway, Skelmersdale, Lancashire, WN8 6NL.

Staff will be on hand to answer questions and explain how to register and make a representation about the application.

People can register easily online at the Whitemoss Landfill application Alternatively, they may call The Planning Inspectorate’s helpline: 0303 444 5000 for a printed registration form, which must be completed and returned by 28 February 2014.

Sir Michael Pitt, 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 Whitemoss Landfill application page

Ends Journalists wanting further information should contact the Planning Inspectorate Press Office, on: 0303 444 5004 or 0303 444 5005 or email: pressoffice@pins.gsi.gov.uk

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.

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.

Pre-application

Key activities:

  • Project development / developer’s pre-application consultation and publicity
  • Environmental impact assessment preparation and scoping, where required

Public involvement:

  • 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

Key activities:

  • The Secretary of State has 28 days from the day after receipt to decide whether or not an application should be accepted for examination

Public involvement:

  • 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

Pre-examination

Key activities:

  • Single Inspector or a Panel of three or more Inspectors appointed
  • Preliminary Meeting called and held
  • Procedure and timetable set for examination

Public involvement:

  • 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

Examination

Key activities:

  • A maximum of six months to carry out the examination

Public involvement:

  • 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

Decision

Key activities:

  • 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

Post decision

Key activities:

  • six weeks for any legal challenge

Public involvement:

  • opportunity to challenge
Published 11 February 2014