Our proposed Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) will generate up to 1,500MW of electricity – enough electricity to supply around 2 million homes. Power stations that generate more than 50MW of electricity are defined as Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects, or NSIPs.
The Planning Inspectorate is the government agency responsible for operating the planning process for NSIPs. Any developer wishing to construct an NSIP must first apply for consent to do so. This is known as an application for a Development Consent Order. We submitted our application on 4th October 2013 and the application can be viewed and downloaded at the Planning Inspectorate website here.
Post submission of the Development Consent Order, the Planning Inspectorate examined our application. The examination comprised written questions, written responses and issue-specific hearings. Examination commenced on 13th March 2014 and closed on 13th September 2014. A full list of all documents submitted as part of the examination process is available to view and download from the Planning Inspectorate website here.
Following the close of the examination, the examining authority had a period of three months to consider Knottingley Power Ltd’s application and make a recommendation to the Secretary of State. The Planning Inspectorate issued a report of recommendation on 12 December 2014. The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change has decided to make an order granting development consent for the proposals for Knottingley Power project. The decision letter and report of recommendation have been published on the Planning Inspectorate website here.