Brechfa Forest Connection

What happens next

A decision on the application for a development consent order for Brechfa Forest Connection was taken on 06 October 2016 and has now been issued.

The period for legal challenge is defined in s118 of the Planning Act 2008. Further information about legal challenge can be found in the letter sent to all interested parties accompanying the statement of reasons.

If you have any queries about the process please email the Planning Inspectorate at enquiries@infrastructure.gsi.gov.uk or telephone the helpdesk on 0303 444 5000.

Timeline (39 items)

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The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has issued the following documents:

Correction Notice dated 9 March 2017

The Brechfa Forest Wind Farm Connection (Correction) Order 2017

09 March 2017
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Decision made by the Secretary of State
06 October 2016
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The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has requested comments from the Applicant, Natural Resources Wales, Carmarthenshire County Council and any other Interested Party.

The deadline for responses is Monday 3 October 2016.

21 September 2016
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The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has made a request for comments from Western Power Distribution (the Applicant), Natural Resources Wales and the Crown Estate Commissioners.

The deadline for responses is Thursday 8 September 2016.

25 August 2016
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Recommendations given by the Planning Inspectorate
06 July 2016
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Examination ends

06 April 2016
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Documents received for Deadline 8 have been published.

05 April 2016
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Documents received for Deadline 7 have been published.

01 April 2016
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The Examining Authority has issued a Procedural decision letter

Mae’r Awdurdod Archwilio wedi darparu Penderfyniad gweithdrefnol

31 March 2016
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Documents for Deadline 6 have been published

18 March 2016
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The Examining Authority has issued a Procedural decision letter and published further information on this decision. Should any party wish to comment on this submission, they are requested to do so by Deadline 6 on 17 March 2016.

Mae’r Awdurdod Archwilio wedi darparu Penderfyniad gweithdrefnol a cyflwyno gwybodaeth pellach ynghlyn y penderfyniad hwn. Oes bydd unrhyw barti yn dymuno gwneud sylwadau ar y cyflwyniad hwn, gofynnir iddynt wneud hyn erbyn Dyddiad Cau 6 sef 17 Mawrth 2016.

01 March 2016
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The Examining Authority has issued a Procedural decision letter. Should any party wish to comment on this submission, they are requested to do so by Deadline 6 on 17 March 2016.

The Report on the Implications for European Sites (RIES) has also been published

Mae’r Awdurdod Archwilio wedi darparu Penderfyniad gweithdrefnol. Oes bydd unrhyw barti yn dymuno gwneud sylwadau ar y cyflwyniad hwn, gofynnir iddynt wneud hyn erbyn Dyddiad Cau 6 sef 17 Mawrth 2016.

Mae’r Adroddiad ar Oblygiadau ar gyfer Safleoedd Ewropeaidd hefyd wedi ei gyhoeddi.

25 February 2016
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Documents for Deadline 5 have been published

22 February 2016
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Audio recordings of the Compulsory Acquisition Hearing on 10 February and Issue Specific Hearing on 11 February have been published.

15 February 2016
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03 February 2016
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Documents received for Deadline 4 have been published.

02 February 2016
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The ExA has issued a second round of written questions along with a notification of further hearings.

It has been noted that the reference within question OM2-05 in the Examining Authority’s second round of written questions to the ‘Inshore Marine Plans’ is in error and should state ‘Shoreline Management Plans (SMPs).

Mae’r Awdurdod Arholi wedi cyhoeddi’r ail rownd o gwestiynau ysgrifenedig â hysbysiad o wrandawiadau pellach.

11 January 2016
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18 December 2015
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It has been brought to the Planning Inspectorate’s attention that there is a mistake in the Rule 8 letter issued 13 October 2015. Deadline 3 is noon on 17 December 2015.

Mae camgymeriad yn y Llythyr Rheol 8 dyddiedig 13 Hydref 2015 wedi dod i sylw’r Arolygiaeth Gynllunio. Mae Dyddiad Cau 3 am hanner dydd ar 17 Rhagfyr 2015.

15 December 2015
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Documents submitted at Deadline 2 have been published.

The Planning Inspectorate have issued their final site visit itinerary and list of site visit attendees.

Whilst the site visit itinerary has indicative timings, this should not be relied upon. Should any party wish to meet the visit at any point, they are advised to contact the Planning Inspectorate.

Agendas for Hearings being held between 30 November and 10 December 2015 have been published:

Agendas for Open Floor Hearings on 30 November and 1 December 2015
Agenda for Compulsory Acquisition Hearing on 2 and 3 December 2015
Agenda for Agenda for Issue Specific Hearing on Environmental Matters on 8 and 9 December 2015
Agenda for Issue Specific Hearing on the Draft Development Consent Order (DCO) on 10 December 2015

26 November 2015
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Agendas for Hearings being held between 30 November and 10 December 2015 have now been published and can be viewed at:

Agendas for Open Floor Hearings on 30 November and 1 December 2015
Agenda for Compulsory Acquisition Hearing on 2 and 3 December 2015
Agenda for Agenda for Issue Specific Hearing on Environmental Matters on 8 and 9 December 2015
Agenda for Issue Specific Hearing on the Draft Development Consent Order (DCO) on 10 December 2015

The ExA have published their draft site inspection itinerary; please note that the meeting point named in the ExA’s letter as ‘The Pavilion, Crychiau’ is also known as ‘Carmarthen Quins Pavilion, Parc-Y-Deri’. Comments on the draft itinerary are invited for Deadline 2 at noon on Tuesday 24 November 2015. The Accompanied Site Itinerary remains unchanged. Should it require updating a revised itinerary will be published online.

20 November 2015
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Documents submitted at Deadline 1 have been published.

The Examining Authority (ExA) accepted a letter from the applicant notifying that WPD intend to provide an alternative option for poles 84 to 86 south of the River Towy.

The ExA have published their draft site inspection itinerary; please note that the meeting point named in the ExA’s letter as ‘The Pavilion, Crychiau’ is also known as ‘Carmarthen Quins Pavilion, Parc-Y-Deri’. Comments on the draft itinerary are invited for Deadline 2 at noon on Tuesday 24 November 2015.

11 November 2015
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The Examining Authority has now issued the Notification of Hearings and Accompanied Site Visit letter. A Welsh language version of the letter is also available.

05 November 2015
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The examination timetable (Rule 8 letter) has been sent to interested parties

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting

13 October 2015
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The Preliminary Meeting audio has now been published.

07 October 2015
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Examination begins
07 October 2015
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Preliminary Meeting takes place
06 October 2015
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The notification of Preliminary Meeting (rule 6 letter) has been sent Read the letter

The letter also includes the draft timetable for examination of the application and statement of principal issues.

03 September 2015
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Relevant representations published on the website
24 August 2015
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Registration of interested parties closes
07 August 2015
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Registration of interested parties begins
01 July 2015
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The application has been accepted for examination

24 June 2015
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Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
24 June 2015
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Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
29 May 2015