Sunnica Energy Farm

This page sets out the timetable for the examination of the application. It includes the deadlines for submissions to be made to the Planning Inspectorate and the dates of events taking place during the Examination. The Examination Timetable is also set out in an annex to the Rule 8 letter that was sent to Interested Parties at the start of the Examination.

Event DateDescription
 Date Passed
13 July 2022
Procedural Deadline A

For the receipt by the ExA of
- Written submissions on the Examination procedure
- Requests to be heard at the Preliminary Meeting, Issue Specific Hearing or Open Floor Hearing
- Suggested locations for site inspections
 Date Passed
08 August 2022
Procedural Deadline B

For the receipt by the ExA of:
- Written submissions on the prospects of sufficient progress being made on the submission of the Change Request to support an effective Examination commencing in Sept 2022
 Date Passed
14 September 2022
Procedural Deadline C

For the receipt by the ExA of:
- Requests to be heard orally at the resumed Preliminary Meeting
- Notification of wish to attend ASI
- Written submissions on the Examination Procedure, including the use of virtual methods
- Applicant's draft itinerary for ASI1 on 29 Sept 2022
 Date Passed
22 September 2022
Publication by the ExA 1
Publication by the ExA of:

* ExA's final itinerary for ASI1
 Date Passed
28 September 2022
Examination Begins
 Date Passed
29 September 2022
Accompanied Site Inspection 1 (ASI1)
Accompanied Site Inspection (ASI 1)
 Date Passed
19 October 2022
Deadline 1 (D1)

For receipt by the ExA of:
- Comments on Relevant Representations (RR)
- Summaries of all RR exceeding 1500 words
- Local Impact Reports (LIR) from local authorities
- Notification by Statutory Parties of their wish to be considered as an IP by the ExA
- Applicant's draft itinerary for ASI2 and ASI3
- Notification of wish to attend ASI2 and/or ASI3
- Requests to be heard at an Open Floor Hearing and/or Compulsory Acquisition Hearing
- Updated Guide to the Application
- Updated Book of Reference (BoR) and Schedule of Changes to the BoR
- Updated Schedule of Negotiations
- Comments on any Additional Submissions
 Date Passed
25 October 2022
Publication by the ExA 2
Publication by the ExA of:

* ExA's final itinerary for ASI2 and ASI3 (if required)
 Date Passed
01 November 2022
Issue Specific Hearing 1 (ISH1)
Issue Specific Hearing (ISH1) on the draft DCO (if required)
 Date Passed
02 November 2022
Accompanied Site Inspection 2 (ASI2)
Accompanied Site Inspection 2 (ASI2) (if required)
 Date Passed
03 November 2022
Accompanied Site Inspection 3 (ASI3)
Accompanied Site Inspection 3 (ASI3) (if required)
 Date Passed
11 November 2022
Deadline 2 (D2)

For receipt by the ExA of:
- Post Hearing Submissions
- Written Representations (WRs)
- Summaries of all WRs
- Initial Statements of Common Ground (SoCG)
- Statement of Commonality of SoCG
- Responses to the ExA's Written Questions (ExQ1)
- Responses to comments on RRs
- Applicant's revised draft of DCO
- Updated Guide to the Application
- Updated Book of Reference (BoR) and Schedule of Changes to the BoR
- Updated Schedule of Negotiations
- Comments on any Additional Submissions accepted at D1
- Any further information requested by ExA
- Comments on any further information requested for D1
 Date Passed
22 November 2022
Deadline 3 (D3)

For receipt by the ExA of:

- Comments on LIRs
- Updated Guide to the Application
- Updated Book of Reference (BoR) and Schedule of Changes to the BoR
- Updated Schedule of Negotiations
- Comments on any Additional Submissions accepted at D2
- Any further information requested by ExA
- Comments on any further information requested for D2
 Date Passed
28 November 2022
Deadline 3A (D3A)

For receipt by the ExA of:

- Comments on WRs
- Comments on Initial SoCGs
- Comments on responses to ExQ1
- Comments on Applicants revised draft DCO
 
06 December 2022
Compulsory Acquisition Hearing (CAH1)
Compulsory Acquisition Hearing (CAH1)
 
06 December 2022
Open Floor Hearing (OFH1)
Open Floor Hearings (OFH1)
 
07 December 2022
Issue Specific Hearing (ISH2)
Issue Specific Hearing (ISH2) – Environmental Matters including: Ecology and Biodiversity; Historic Environment; Landscape and Visual Impact
 
08 December 2022
Issue Specific Hearing (ISH3)
Issue Specific Hearing (ISH3) – Other Environmental Matters including: Principle and nature of the Development; Air Quality and Human Health (especially Battery Energy Storage System (BESS)); Socio-economics and Land Use; Water Resources, Flood Risk and Drainage
 
09 December 2022
Open Floor Hearing (OFH2)
Open Floor Hearing (OFH2)
 
16 December 2022
Deadline 4 (D4)

For receipt by the ExA of:
- Post hearing submissions
- Any revised/updated SoCG (if any)
- Applicant’s draft itinerary for ASI4 (if required)
- Applicant’s revised draft of DCO
- Updated Guide to the Application
- Updated Book of Reference (BoR) and Schedule of Changes to the BoR
- Updated Schedule of Negotiations
- Comments on any Additional Submissions accepted at D3
- Any further information requested by ExA
- Comments on any further information requested for D3
Make a submission against this deadline
 
05 January 2023
Publication by the ExA 3
Publication of:

* ExA’s Second Written Questions (ExQ2) (If required)
 
13 January 2023
Deadline 5 (D5)

For receipt by the ExA of:
- Responses to ExA’s Second Written Questions (ExQ2)
- Comments on revised/updated SoCG (if any)
- Comments on Applicant’s draft itinerary for ASI4 (if required)
- Comments on Applicant’s revised draft DCO
- Updated Guide to the Application
- Updated Book of Reference (BoR) and Schedule of Changes to the BoR
- Updated Schedule of Negotiations
- Comments on any Additional Submissions accepted at D4
- Any further information requested by ExA
- Comments on any further information requested by D4
 
30 January 2023
Deadline 6 (D6)

For receipt by the ExA of:
- Any revised/updated SoCG (If any)
- Applicant’s revised draft of DCO
- Updated Guide to the Application
- Updated Book of Reference (BoR) and Schedule of Changes to the BoR
- Updated Schedule of Negotiations
- Comments on any Additional Submissions accepted at D5
- Any further information requested by ExA
- Comments on any further information requested by D5
 
01 February 2023
Publication by the ExA 4
Publication of:

* ExA's Third Written Questions (ExQ3) (if required)
* ExA's final itinerary for ASI4 (if required)
 
13 February 2023
Publication by the ExA 5
Publication of:

* Report on the Implications for European Sites (RIES)
 
17 February 2023
Events
Tuesday 14 February to Friday 17 February reserved for:

* Accompanied Site Inspection (ASI4) (if required)
* Open Floor Hearings (OFH) (if required)
* Issue Specific Hearings (ISH) (if required)
* Compulsory Acquisition Hearings (CAH) (if required)
 
20 February 2023
Publication by the ExA 6
Publication of:

* ExA’s commentary on, or schedule of changes to, the draft DCO
 
03 March 2023
Deadline 7 (D7)

For receipt by the ExA of:
- Post Hearing Submissions
- Responses to ExA’s Third Written Questions (ExQ3) (If issued)
- Comments on revised/updated SoCG (if any)
- Comments on ExA’s commentary on, or schedule of changes to, the draft DCO
- Updated Guide to the Application
- Updated Book of Reference (BoR) and Schedule of Changes to the BoR
- Updated Schedule of Negotiations
- Comments on any Additional Submissions accepted at D6
- Any further information requested by ExA
- Comments on any further information requested by D6
 
13 March 2023
Deadline 8 (D8)

For receipt by the ExA of:
- Comments on the RIES
- Final SoCG
- Final DCO
- Final Statement of Commonality of SoCG
- List of matters not agreed where SoCG could not be finalised
- Final Guide to the application
- Final BoR and schedule of changes to BoR
- Final Schedule of Negotiations
- Comments on any Additional Submissions accepted at D7
- Comments on any further information received by D7
- Any further information requested by ExA
 
28 March 2023
Deadline 9 (D9)

For receipt by the ExA of:
- Any further information requested by ExA
 
28 March 2023
Close of Examination
The ExA is under a duty to complete the Examination of the application by the end of the period of six months.
 
28 March 2023
Deadline for close of examination