Sunnica Energy Farm

What happens next

Details of the Preliminary Meeting will be announced here shortly.

The Examining Authority will carry out an Initial Assessment of Principal Issues derived from its reading of the application and the Relevant Representations received and set a date for the Preliminary Meeting.

Interested Parties will receive an invitation to the Preliminary Meeting which is to discuss procedural matters only, and is held in public. It is not essential to attend the Preliminary Meeting. Whether or not an Interested Party chooses to attend the Preliminary Meeting, they will still be sent details of how to further take part in the Examination.

The Procedural Decision made after the Preliminary Meeting will be published on our website and will also be available on request from [email protected] and our helpline: 0303 444 5000. Importantly, this Procedural Decision will set the timetable for the Examination. The Examination Timetable will, amongst other things, set deadlines for receipt of detailed Written Representations and for comments on the Relevant Representations made by other Interested Parties.

If you are an Interested Party, either because you are one of the specific bodies cited in s102 of the Planning Act 2008 or have submitted a Relevant Representation, you will receive notifications about the Examination and a copy of the Secretary of State’s decision on the application once that is made.

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 (13 items)

The Examining Authority has today issued a letter (PDF, 147 KB) requesting comments by 23:59 Wednesday 18 May on the Applicant’s response (PDF, 303 KB) to the Examining Authority’s letter of 22 April 2022 (PDF, 164 KB).

04 May 2022

The date included in the Examining Authority’s letter of 22 April 2022 as a deadline for Interested Parties and Affected Persons to provide comments on the Applicant’s response to the ExA’s letter by (9 May 2022) is no longer in place. We apologise for any inconvenience.

A letter from the Examining Authority requesting comments along with a new deadline will be published and issued shortly. The Applicant’s response to the 22 April 2022 letter will also be published at the same time.

03 May 2022

The Relevant Representation from Ellen Clowes was not published until today due to an internal error. It was received before the 17 March 2022 deadline.

The Examining Authority has written to the Applicant following their letters of 30 March 2022 and 19 April 2022 and is seeking a response from the Applicant by Thursday 28 April 2022.

The Examining Authority’s note of an Unaccompanied Site Inspection on 10th and 11th April 2022 has been published.

22 April 2022

Relevant Representations have been published and can be found under the Relevant Representations tab.

The Examining Authority has used its discretion to accept Additional Submissions from the following:

  • Sunnica Ltd – response to section 51 Advice
  • The Coal Authority
  • NATS Ltd, Safeguarding Office
  • National Highways
  • East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

The Examination Library (PDF, 264kb) will be updated shortly.

06 April 2022
Relevant representations published on the website
05 April 2022

After serving notice of the accepted application, as required under section 56 of the Planning Act 2008, the Applicant identified updated contact details for various organisations. As such, the Applicant has re-served notice to the most appropriate person for those organisations to provide them with additional time to submit their representations and register to become an Interested Party. The Deadline for those parties only to submit a representation is 23:59 on 1 April 2022

If you have received such a further notification from the Applicant, dated 24 February 2022, and wish to make a representation, please contact us at [email protected] or telephone 0303 444 5000.

18 March 2022
Registration of interested parties closes
17 March 2022
Registration of interested parties begins
27 January 2022
Read the letter

The application has been accepted for examination

16 December 2021
Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
16 December 2021

This application was received by the Planning Inspectorate on 18 November 2021.

The application documents will be made available on the project page of this website if the application is accepted for examination.

It is for the Applicant to decide whether or not application documents can be published upon submission (see government’s Planning Act 2008: guidance on the Pre-application process).

18 November 2021
Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
18 November 2021
Application expected from applicant
15 July 2021