Palm Paper CCGT Power Station is the 50th Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) to be decided following examination by The Planning Inspectorate.
Applications for projects considered to be of national significance are made under the Planning Act 2008 which was introduced to streamline the decision making process, making it fairer and faster for communities and developers alike and to encourage investment in the country’s vital infrastructure by providing certainty on decision timescales.
Steve Quartermain, Chief Executive of The Planning Inspectorate, said:
“This is the 50th application for a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project to be decided following examination by The Planning Inspectorate – it is a significant milestone. Every application has met the statutory timescales laid down in the Planning Act 2008 for examination by the Inspectorate.
“This is a tremendous achievement for our Inspectors and casework staff. The regime is a success as it has streamlined the decision making process for the major infrastructure that the country needs whilst ensuring proposals are properly and robustly examined and ensuring local people can have their say.”
The five projects that have attracted the most interest to date are:
Thames Tideway Tunnel; 2,534 documents examined and 1,246 interested parties registered to make representations
Navitus Bay Offshore Wind Park; 2,025 documents and 2,658 interested parties
Hinkley Point C Connection; 1611 documents
Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay; 1386 documents
Hinkley Point C New Nuclear Power Station; 1001 documents and 1197 interested parties
The Planning Inspectorate places great importance on being fair, open and impartial. No matter the type, size or location of a project, it ensures that local communities have the opportunity to make their views known and are able to participate in the examination process.
Mark Southgate, Director for Major Applications and Plans at The Planning Inspectorate, said:
“We encourage people to get involved in the examination of major projects both when developers are consulting on their proposals before submitting an application and when we are examining their application. We listen carefully to what all interested people tell us about a project that affects them, and we give full consideration to their views when making a recommendation to the Secretary of State.”
Of the 50 projects examined by the Inspectorate, 31 were energy, 16 transport, two waste and one waste water developments. Details about current projects can be found on http://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk.