Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm

What happens next

A decision on the application for a Development Consent Order for Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm was taken on 12 September 2014 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 Secretary of State’s decision and statement of reasons.

If you have any queries about the process please email the Planning Inspectorate at [email protected] or telephone the helpline on 0303 444 5000.

Timeline (39 items)

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The Welsh Ministers have decided to make an order making non-material changes to the Development Consent Order for the Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm.

Welsh Ministers Decision Letter

The Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm (Amendment) Order 2017

08 December 2017
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An application for a non-material change to the Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm Development Consent Order has been made by Innogy Renewables UK Limited.

If you wish to make a representation, this should be emailed to [email protected] or posted to:

Hefin Jones,
The Planning Inspectorate,
Crown Buildings,
Cathays Park,
Cardiff,
CF10 3NQ.

The deadline for making a representation is 11.59pm on 5 October 2017.

30 August 2017
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Decision made by the Secretary of State
12 September 2014
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The Examining Authority issued its recommendation to the Secretary of State on 12 June 2014. A decision will be published within 3 months. Please note that the Examining Authority’s recommendation will also be made available at that point.

12 June 2014
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Recommendations given by the Planning Inspectorate
12 June 2014
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The examination has now closed. There will now be a period of 3 months for the Examining Authority to consider and make a recommendation to the Secretary of State. Please see the letter to interested parties.

13 March 2014
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The following documents have been published:

A completed section 106 agreement between RWE Innogy UK Limited, the Welsh Ministers, Denbighshire County Council and Conwy County Borough Council

Additional submissions

12 March 2014
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Please note the Examining Authority’s draft Development Consent Order (DCO) has been re-published. This is because the paragraph added by the Examining Authority at Part 3 Requirement 15(2)(h) (Habitat management plan) on page 33, did not appear as a tracked change. The content of the document has not changed.

04 March 2014
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The following documents have been published:

– Comments on applicant’s final draft DCO and requirements
– Responses to written summaries of cases put orally at hearings in January 2014

Please note that the Examining Authority has issued a Rule 17 request for further information letter to the applicant and MEAG Munich.

21 February 2014
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The following documents have been published:

The Examining Authority’s Rule 8(3) and Rule 17 letter dated 20 February 2014, following corrections made by the applicant to their final draft Development Consent Order dated 19 February 2014.

In addition, the applicant’s final draft Development Consent Order (corrected version) dated 19 February 2014, has been accepted by the ExA and published.

20 February 2014
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The following documents have been published:
The Examining Authority’s Rule 8(3) and Rule 17 letter dated 19 February 2014
Annex to RWE’s Written summary of case put orally at the Issue Specific Hearing on Mitigation and Requirements held on 29 January 2014, as was presented at the beginning of that hearing, has been accepted by the ExA and published. This now supersedes the version previously published.

19 February 2014
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The following documents have now been published:
Applicant’s final draft DCO and requirements
Written summaries of cases put orally at hearings in January 2014
Responses to all late and additional submissions
Letter from MEAG confirming legal agreement with RWE

Please note that following a discrepancy the correct version of the Denbighshire County Council and Conwy County Borough Council’s joint written summary of case put orally at the Issue Specific Hearing on the Environment has now been published.

In addition, further annexes to Denbighshire County Council and Conwy County Borough Council’s joint written summary of case put orally at the Issue Specific Hearings on Mitigation and Requirements and DCO have been accepted by the ExA and published. This now supersedes the version previously published.

17 February 2014
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The following documents have been published:
– The Examining Authority’s Rule 8(3) and Rule 17 letter dated 7 February 2014
Audio recordings of the January 2014 hearings
Late and additional submissions

07 February 2014
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The Examining Authority issued a Rule 8(3) and Rule 17 notification letter.

Agendas for the Issue Specific Hearings to be held 29 January have now been published:

Issue Specific Hearing on Mitigation and Requirements (AM)

Second Issue Specific Hearing on the Development Consent Order (PM)

21 January 2014
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Updated agendas for the Issue Specific Hearing on the Environment and Policy have been published.

15 January 2014
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The following documents have been published:

– Comments on responses to the ExA’s second round of questions
– Comments on the RIES
– Comments on late submissions
– Additional submissions
– Further reference documentation from the Applicant

10 January 2014
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12 December 2013
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The following responses for the deadline of 14 November have been published:

– Statement of Common Ground on DCO Requirements
– Comments on WRs and responses to comments on RRs[/ipc_link]
– Comments on the LIRs[/ipc_link]
– Comments on response to ExA’s first written questions
– Comments on Statements of Common Ground[/ipc_link]
– Written summaries of cases put orally at DCO hearing
– The correction of errata or typographical errors within the DCO and Explanatory Memorandum (EM), and any proposed amendments to the draft DCO
– Submission by the Applicant of assessment of impact on tranquillity

The applicant’s response to the ExA’s rule 17 letter dated 11 November 2013 has been published

18 November 2013
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The Examining Authority has issued a letter under rule 8(3) – amendment to the Examination timetable, rule 16 – notification for a Accompanied Site Visit and rule 17 – request for further information.

The deadline for interested parties to request to speak at an Open Floor Hearing or other Issue Specific hearing has been extended until 2 December 2013.

13 November 2013
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29 October 2013
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Itinerary for the Examining Authority’s Accompanied Site Visits on 30 and 31 October and 1 November 2013 now available

22 October 2013
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The Examination Timetable (Rule 8 letter) has been sent to Interested Parties

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting

23 September 2013
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  • Preliminary Meeting takes place
  • Examination begins
12 September 2013
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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.

01 August 2013
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Relevant representations published on the website
24 July 2013
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Registration of interested parties closes
12 June 2013
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Registration of interested parties begins
01 May 2013
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The application has been accepted for examination

23 April 2013
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Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
23 April 2013
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Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
28 March 2013