West Burton Solar Project

What happens next

Dates for the Examination can be viewed on the Examination Timetable page.

Notice of the Procedural Decision has been issued by the Examining Authority to Interested Parties in the Rule 8 letter; this includes information about how the Examination will be conducted and the Examination Timetable as currently set out.

08/05/2024 - Deadline for close of examination. See the Examination Timetable for further information.

If you have a legal interest in land affected by a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project and:

  • have not been identified by the Applicant; and
  • did not register to become an Interested Party;

then you can make a request to the Examining Authority to become an Interested Party under s102A of the Planning Act 2008.

Timeline (43 items)

The Action Points from the following hearings have been published:

The Examining Authority has issued a notice of a Hearing and changes to the Examination Timetable (PDF, 272 KB)

The ExA has, at their discretion, accepted a submission from Neil Elliott as an Additional Submission (PDF, 563 KB)

Following the Examining Authoritys (ExA) decision to accept the Applicant Proposed Provision for examination (PDF, 249 KB), comments are now invited on the Applicants proposed provision for the compulsory acquisition of additional land by 23:59 on Friday 15 March 2024.

Any comments must be made on the Registration and Relevant Representation Form and must relate only to the Applicant proposed provision for the compulsory acquisition of additional land as set out in the Applicant Change Request documents. Any submissions that are not in relation to this, or are not on the prescribed form, will not be seen by the ExA and will be disregarded. Comments submitted after the deadline will also be disregarded.

The Planning Inspectorate webpage for the West Burton Solar project will be moved entirely over to the new BETA service on 19 February 2024. This means that the appearance of the “Overview” tab will be more consistent with the tabs on the BETA project webpage, and that information on the current “Overview” tab may be presented in a different way. Please contact the Case Team if you have any concerns or queries: [email protected]

16 February 2024

The Examining Authority has issued a notice of a Hearing and changes to the Examination Timetable (PDF, 272 KB)

The ExA has published the Note of the Unaccompanied Site Inspection Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 January 2024 (PDF, 404 KB)

Following the Examining Authority’s (ExA) decision to accept the Applicant’s Proposed Provision for examination (PDF, 249 KB), comments are now invited on the Applicant’s proposed provision for the compulsory acquisition of additional land by 23:59 on Friday 15 March 2024.

Any comments must be made on the Registration and Relevant Representation Form and must relate only to the Applicant’s proposed provision for the compulsory acquisition of additional land as set out in the Applicant’s Change Request documents. Any submissions that are not in relation to this, or are not on the prescribed form, will not be seen by the ExA and will be disregarded. Comments submitted after the deadline will also be disregarded.

14 February 2024

Following the Examining Authority’s (ExA) decision to accept the Applicant’s Proposed Provision for examination (PDF, 249 KB), comments are now invited on the Applicant’s proposed provision for the compulsory acquisition of additional land by 23:59 on Friday 15 March 2024.

Any comments must be made on the Registration and Relevant Representation Form and must relate only to the Applicant’s proposed provision for the compulsory acquisition of additional land as set out in the Applicant’s Change Request documents. Any submissions that are not in relation to this, or are not on the prescribed form, will not be seen by the ExA and will be disregarded. Comments submitted after the deadline will also be disregarded.

The recordings and transcripts of Issue Specific Hearing 3 on Wednesday 7 February 2024 and Issue Specific Hearing 4 on Thursday 8 February 2024 have been published.

09 February 2024

Following the Examining Authority’s (ExA) decision to accept the Applicant’s Proposed Provision for examination (PDF, 249 KB), comments are now invited on the Applicant’s proposed provision for the compulsory acquisition of additional land by 23:59 on Friday 15 March 2024.

Any comments must be made on the Registration and Relevant Representation Form and must relate only to the Applicant’s proposed provision for the compulsory acquisition of additional land as set out in the Applicant’s Change Request documents. Any submissions that are not in relation to this, or are not on the prescribed form, will not be seen by the ExA and will be disregarded. Comments submitted after the deadline will also be disregarded.

Instructions for those wishing to participate in the hearings scheduled Tuesday 6 – Thursday 8 February 2024 have been sent. For those wishing to observe any of the Hearings in real time please use the following livestream link:  https://cvslivestream.co.uk/westburtonsolar/

Please note that the Hearings will start broadcasting LIVE once they open. If the livestream does not initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the webpage. If you have any issues with accessing the livestream, please contact the Case Team: [email protected] or 0303 444 5000

Please note that the agendas for ISH3 Wednesday 7 February 2024 and ISH4 Thursday 8 February 2024 have been updated:

The recordings and transcripts of the Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 1 on Tuesday 6 February 2024 have been published.

08 February 2024

Instructions for those wishing to participate in the hearings scheduled Tuesday 6 – Thursday 8 February 2024 have been sent. For those wishing to observe any of the Hearings in real time please use the following livestream link:  https://cvslivestream.co.uk/westburtonsolar/

Please note that the Hearings will start broadcasting LIVE once they open. If the livestream does not initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the webpage. If you have any issues with accessing the livestream, please contact the Case Team: [email protected] or 0303 444 5000

Please note that the agendas for ISH3 Wednesday 7 February 2024 and Thursday 8 February 2024 have been updated:

The recordings and transcripts of the Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 1 on Tuesday 6 February 2024 have been published.

07 February 2024

Instructions for those wishing to participate in the hearings scheduled Tuesday 6 – Thursday 8 February 2024 have been sent. For those wishing to observe any of the Hearings in real time please use the following livestream link:  https://cvslivestream.co.uk/westburtonsolar/

Please note that the Hearings will start broadcasting LIVE once they open. If the livestream does not initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the webpage. If you have any issues with accessing the livestream, please contact the Case Team: [email protected] or 0303 444 5000

The Agendas for the hearings Tuesday 6 – Thursday 8 February 2024 have been published:

The following have been accepted into the Examination as Additional Submissions:

Additional Submission from Mark Wardle accepted at the discretion of the Examining Authority (PDF, 73KB)

Additional Submission from Victoria White, a non-Interested Party, accepted at the discretion of the Examining Authority (PDF, 129KB)’

06 February 2024

The Examining Authority (ExA) has made a Procedural Decision to accept the Applicant’s request to make changes to the application received on 19 January 2024, which includes an update to the Examination Timetable: Rule 8(3) and 9 Procedural Decision (PDF, 249KB)

The Proposed Provisions Checklist (PDF, 168KB) has also been published.

The Applicant’s Change Request application documents have been published

The following agendas have been published:

02 February 2024

The following Agendas have been published:

The Agenda for the Compulsory Acquisition Hearing Tuesday 6 February will be published as soon as possible.

Instructions for those wishing to participate in the Issue Specific Hearing 2 on Tuesday 23 January and Open Floor Hearing 2 Wednesday 24 January 2024 have been sent. For those wishing to observe any of the Hearings in real time please use the following livestream link:  https://cvslivestream.co.uk/westburtonsolar/

Please note that the Hearings will start broadcasting LIVE once they open. If the livestream does not initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the webpage. If you have any issues with accessing the livestream, please contact the Case Team: [email protected] or 0303 444 5000

25 January 2024

The following Agendas have been published:

Open Floor Hearing 2 Agenda Wednesday 24 January 2024 (PDF, 122KB)

Issue Specific Hearing 3 Agenda Wednesday 7 February 2024 (PDF, 169KB)

Issue Specific Hearing 4 Thursday 8 February 2024 (PDF, 155KB)

The Agenda for the Compulsory Acquisition Hearing Tuesday 6 February will be published as soon as possible.

Instructions for those wishing to participate in the Issue Specific Hearing 2 on Tuesday 23 January and Open Floor Hearing 2 Wednesday 24 January 2024 have been sent. For those wishing to observe any of the Hearings in real time please use the following livestream link:  https://cvslivestream.co.uk/westburtonsolar/

Please note that the Hearings will start broadcasting LIVE once they open. If the livestream does not initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the webpage. If you have any issues with accessing the livestream, please contact the Case Team: [email protected] or 0303 444 5000

23 January 2024

The Deadline 3 submissions have been published.

The Examining Authority has accepted the following submissions from non-Interested Parties into the Examination as Additional Submissions:

The Examining Authority’s response to the Applicants Change Notification letter (PDF, 154KB) has been published.

The Examination Library will be updated shortly

12 January 2024
10 January 2024

The Deadline 2 submissions have been published.

The Applicant has submitted a notification of their intention to submit a Change Request (PDF, 2MB). Please note that the publication of the Applicant’s Change Notification does not indicate that the proposed changes to the application have been accepted for examination by the Examining Authority (ExA). The ExA will issue a Procedural Decision in response to the Change Notification in due course. In the meantime, any comments/responses about the merits of the application should be made in respect of the application as originally submitted.

The Examination Library (PDF 696KB) has been updated.

05 January 2024
19 December 2023

The Examining Authority’s First Written Questions (PDF, 1MB) have been published.

15 December 2023

The Deadline 1A Submissions have been published. The Examination Library (PDF 699KB) has been updated.

12 December 2023

The Deadline 1 submissions have been published.

30 November 2023

The Rule 8 Notification of Examination Timetable (PDF, 297KB)  has been published.

The Action Points from Issue Specific Hearing 1 Thursday 9 November 2023 (PDF, 108KB) have been published.

17 November 2023

Read the letter

The Examination Timetable (Rule 8 letter) has been sent to Interested Parties

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting

16 November 2023

Instructions for those wishing to participate in the resumed Preliminary Meeting, Open Floor Hearing 1 on 8 November 2023 and Issue Specific Hearing 1 on Thursday 9 November 2023 have been sent. For those wishing to observe any of the Hearings in real time please use the following livestream link:  https://cvslivestream.co.uk/westburtonsolar/

Please note that the Hearings will start broadcasting LIVE once they open. If the livestream does not initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the webpage. If you have any issues with accessing the livestream, please contact the Case Team: [email protected] or 0303 444 5000.

The Agendas for the Open Floor Hearing 1 Wednesday 8 November 2023 (PDF, 160 KB) and Issue Specific Hearing 1 Thursday 9 November 2023 (PDF, 132 KB) have been published.

The notification of the resumed Preliminary Meeting (Rule 6 Letter) (PDF 368KB) has been issued. This letter also contains notification of hearings and the updated draft Examination Timetable.

08 November 2023
Examination begins
08 November 2023

The submissions for Procedural Deadline B have been published.

The Agendas for the Open Floor Hearing 1 Wednesday 8 November 2023 (PDF, 160 KB) and Issue Specific Hearing 1 Thursday 9 November 2023 (PDF, 132 KB) have been published.

The notification of the resumed Preliminary Meeting (Rule 6 Letter) (PDF 368KB) has been issued. This letter also contains notification of hearings and the updated draft Examination Timetable.

02 November 2023

The Agendas for the Open Floor Hearing 1 Wednesday 8 November 2023 (PDF, 160 KB) and Issue Specific Hearing 1 Thursday 9 November 2023 (PDF, 132 KB) have been published.

The deadline to request attendance at the Preliminary Meeting (Wednesday 8 November 2023), Open Floor Hearing 1 or Issue Specific Hearing 1, or to make a submission on the draft Examination Timetable, is 23:59 Tuesday 31 October 2023 (Procedural Deadline B) via the ‘Make A Submission’ tab.

The notification of the resumed Preliminary Meeting (Rule 6 Letter) (PDF 368KB) has been issued. This letter also contains notification of hearings and the updated draft Examination Timetable.

26 October 2023

The notification of the resumed Preliminary Meeting (Rule 6 Letter) (PDF 368KB) has been issued. This letter also contains notification of hearings and the updated draft Examination Timetable.

11 October 2023

A Procedural Decision (Rule 9) (PDF, 146KB) has been published.
The Examination Library will be updated shortly.

13 September 2023

The Examining Authority (ExA) has today (07 September 2023) announced their procedural decision to adjourn the Preliminary Meeting and delay the start of the Examination.

The Open Floor Hearing scheduled for the afternoon of 7 September 2023 has therefore been postponed.

07 September 2023

Instructions for those wishing to participate in the Preliminary Meeting and Open Floor Hearing on 7 September 2023 have been sent. For those wishing to observe any of the Hearings in real time please use the following livestream link:  https://cvslivestream.co.uk/westburtonsolar/

Please note that the Hearings will start broadcasting LIVE once they open. If the livestream does not initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the webpage. If you have any issues with accessing the livestream, please contact the Case Team: [email protected] or 0303 444 5000.

07 September 2023
Preliminary Meeting takes place
07 September 2023

The Agendas for the Preliminary Meeting (PDF, 85KB) and Open Floor Hearing (PDF, 147KB) on 7 September 2023 have been published.

The Procedural Deadline A submissions have been published.

The notification of Preliminary Meeting (Rule 6 letter) (PDF, 403KB) has been sent.

The letter also includes the draft Examination Timetable and Initial Assessment of Principal Issues.

31 August 2023

The Procedural Deadline A submissions have been published.

The notification of Preliminary Meeting (Rule 6 letter) (PDF, 403kb) has been sent.

The letter also includes the draft Examination Timetable and Initial Assessment of Principal Issues.

30 August 2023

The notification of Preliminary Meeting (Rule 6 letter) has been sent Read the letter

The letter also includes the draft Examination Timetable and Initial Assessment of Principal Issues.

10 August 2023
Relevant representations published on the website
22 June 2023
Registration of interested parties closes
08 June 2023
Registration of interested parties begins
27 April 2023
Read the letter

The application has been accepted for examination

18 April 2023
Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
18 April 2023

This application was received by the Planning Inspectorate on 21 March 2023.

22 March 2023
Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
21 March 2023