UK mega-solar project secures DCO Application

Jan 5, 2023 12:29 PM ET
  • Canadian Solar and also Windel Energy's recommended 350MW PV farm can currently move to pre-examination stage

Canadian Solar and also Windel Energy's suggested 350MW solar project in England can currently move on to the pre-examination stage adhering to the acceptance of a Development Consent Order (DCO) Application.

The Planning Inspectorate, acting on behalf of the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and also Industrial Strategy (BEIS), accepted the DCO Application for Mallard Pass Solar Farm in late December.

In the pre-examinate phase the Mallard Pass Solar Farm project group are welcoming members of the general public to look into the DCO Application and also take into consideration whether they want to submit a Relevant Representation to the Planning Inspectorate.

By submitting a Relevant Representation (a created summary of an individual's views on the Application), the individual (or organisation) will then come to be an 'Interested Party' to the examination, obtaining continuous document from the Planning Inspectorate on just how to get better included as well as having the possibility to submit detailed created representations and also go to and also take part in the examination hearings.

Interested parties are welcomed to think about the DCO Application as well as the information given in the Environmental Statement as well as various other Application documents.

The Examining Authority will certainly be assigned soon and will use the views put forward in the Relevant Representations to execute a first assessment of the principal concerns.

All submitted representations will certainly be released on the Mallard Pass webpage on the Planning Inspectorate's website after the close of the registration duration on 2 March 2023.

Mallard Pass Solar Farm Ltd is proposing to construct, operate, maintain and decommission a new solar farm near Essendine, partly positioned in South Kesteven, Lincolnshire and partly in Rutland.

As the project will certainly have a producing capacity of greater than 50MW, it is be classified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) and also requires a DCO under the Planning Act 2008.

Mallard Pass Solar Farm is likewise an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) development for the objectives of the Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017.

This suggests the DCO for the project is accompanied by an Environmental Statement and Non-Technical Summary, which set out proposed reduction steps, along with exactly how the project has actually transformed as a result of environmental assessments taken on and also stakeholder feedback obtained.

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