Rookery South Energy from Waste Generating Station
Query raised regarding the status of the National Policy Statements and what an application will be evaluated against.
The revised draft NPSs for Energy have just been released for consultation by the Government. At this time it is not possible to say when they will be designated (this is for the Secretary of State to determine rather than the IPC). However, in the event that the NPS's are not designated, the Commission would have regard to the draft versions in its consideration of the application and would give them the appropriate weight depending upon the stage the NPSs are at in the designation process.
The Planning Act also requires the Commission to have regard to any Local Impact Report produced by a relevant Local Authority and any other matters which the Commission thinks are important and relevant to its decision. These other matters could include the existing planning policy framework. Where an NPS has not been designated the Commission will make a recommendation to the Secretary of State (SoS) following the examination process and the SoS will then have the responsibility for the decision on whether or not to grant development consent.