Press release

Willington C Gas Pipeline given development consent

The application for Willington C Gas Pipeline has been given development consent by the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

Power Station

The gas pipeline will provide natural gas for a new power station at Willington. It will be approximately 27km in length, buried for its entire length, with an above ground installation at the start point. It will start near Yoxall in Staffordshire, where a connection will be made into the national transmission system, and the pipeline will terminate at a block valve within the site of the new Willington C Power Station in Derbyshire.

The decision announced today supports the recommendation made by the Planning Inspectorate and follows 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 30 July 2013 and accepted for examination on 22 August 2013. It is the first gas pipeline project to be decided under the Planning Act 2008 regime.

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 2 October 2014.

The Planning Inspectorate’s Chief Executive, Simon Ridley, said: “The certainty of knowing when a decision will be made following full consideration of public views provides developers and investors with the confidence needed to plan the infrastructure improvements this country needs to secure its energy and future economic growth.”

“The examination of the Willington C gas pipeline demonstrates the diversity of applications The Planning Inspectorate handles. More than 30 nationally significant projects have been decided. There are a further 24 at different stages in the process and another 50 awaiting submission.”

The decision, the recommendation made by the Panel to the Secretary of State and the evidence considered by the Examining Authority in reaching its decision, is publicly available on the National Infrastructure Planning website.

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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:

  • From April 2012, the relevant Secretary of State became 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 three months to make a recommendation to the relevant Secretary of State who will then have a further three 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.

Published 17 December 2014