Hirwaun Power Station

What happens next

A decision on the application for a Development Consent Order for Hirwaun Power Station was taken on 23 July 2015 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 (42 items)

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Representations received in response to the application for a non-material change 2 to the Hirwaun Power Station Development Consent Order have been published.

21 August 2017
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An application for a non-material change to the Hirwaun Power Station Development Consent Order has been made by Hirwaun Power Limited. This is the second non-material change application on this project.

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

Major Applications & Plans
3/18 Eagle Wing
Temple Quay House
2 The Square
Bristol, BS1 6PN

The deadline for making a representation is 11.59pm on 18 August 2017

08 August 2017
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The Secretary of State has decided under paragraph 2(1) of Schedule 6 to the 2008 Act has granted a non-material change to a Development Consent Order to the Hirwaun Power Station Order 2015 and published the Hirwaun Power Station (Amendment) Order 2016.

11 November 2016
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Representations received in response to the application for a non-material change to the Hirwaun Power Station Development Consent Order have been published.

26 September 2016
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An application for a non-material change to the Hirwaun Power Station Development Consent Order has been made by Progress Power Limited.

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

Major Applications & Plans
3/18 Eagle Wing
Temple Quay House
2 The Square
Bristol, BS1 6PN

The deadline for making a representation is 11.59pm on Sunday 25 September 2016.

19 August 2016
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On 21 December 2015, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change issued a correction order and correction notice to make corrections to the Hirwaun Power Station Development Consent Order, as published on 23 July 2015.

21 December 2015
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Decision made by the Secretary of State
23 July 2015
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Responses to the request for comments by the Department of Energy and Climate Change in their letter dated 8 June 2015 have now been published.

01 July 2015
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A Letter to the Welsh Government, Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, Hirwaun Power Limited and other Interested Parties from the Department of Energy and Climate Change on the application for the proposed Hirwaun Power Station has been published.

The deadline for responses is 19 June 2015.

08 June 2015
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Recommendations given by the Planning Inspectorate
23 April 2015
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The Notification of Completion of ExA Examination has been published.

The following documents, which were received before the close of examination on Friday 23 January and have been accepted by the Examining Authority into the examination, have also been published:

Hirwaun Power Station

Natural Resources Wales

27 January 2015
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Please note that a Rule 8(3) and Rule 17 letter, requesting further information from the applicant – Hirwaun Power Limited, has been published.

09 January 2015
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The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion and agreed to accept the following documents from the Applicant as late submissions for deadline 7:

Cover letter for supplementary submission at Deadline 7

Draft Development Consent Order (Revision 0 (Final)) illustrating track changes against Revision 4.0

Book of Reference (Rev 3)

05 December 2014
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Submissions received for Deadline 7 have now been published. These include:

Additional Submissions:
National Grid
Hirwaun Power Limited

Draft Development Consent Order:
Revision 4.0
Revision 3.0 and 4.0 Comparison

Other Submissions:
Explanatory Memorandum Revision 1
Land Plans Revision 1

27 November 2014
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Submissions received for Deadline 6 have now been published. These include:

Additional Submissions:

Responses to the ExA’s second round of written questions:

Comments on the RIES:

17 November 2014
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Please note the following documents have been published:

(i) ExA’s Report on Implications for European Sites (RIES)
(ii) ExA’s second written questions

22 October 2014
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Please note that the following documents have now been published:

Compulsory Acquisition Hearing Agenda
DCO Hearing Agenda
Issue Specific Hearing on Environmental Matters Agenda

15 September 2014
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Submissions received for Deadline 2 (10 September 2014) have been published. These include:
Comments on Written Representations by Yohanna Weber (Eversheds) on behalf of National Grid Gas Plc (NGG)

The following submissions have been received from Hirwaun Power Limited:
Additional submission received for Deadline 2 (10 September 2014)
Any revised draft DCO from applicant

Statements of Common Ground (SoCG) requested by the ExA. These include Statements of Common Ground between the applicant and the following:
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council
Natural Resources Wales
Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

Comments on responses to ExA’s first written questions and Comments on Written Representations

Please also note that the Accompanied Site Visit itinerary and the agenda for the Open Floor Hearing have been published.

12 September 2014
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Please note that the Examining Authority has exercised its discretion and agreed to accept the following submission by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council:

Late submission for Deadline 1 (21 August 2014) – Response to the ExA’s first written questions. Received on 28 August 2014.

Please note that the deadline for comments on this submission, and all other ‘comments on responses to ExA’s first written questions’, remains as 10 September 2014 (Deadline 2) as set out in the examination timetable.

02 September 2014
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Submissions received for Deadline 1 (21 August 2014) have been published. These include:

Written representations
Responses to ExA’s first written questions
Local impact reports
Correspondence including submissions recommending locations or items for the itinerary for the accompanied site visit

Please note the following:
The Written Representation by Natural Resources Wales also contains their response to the ExA’s first written questions and comments on any submissions received prior to the preliminary meeting.

The Written Representation by Yohanna Weber (Eversheds) on behalf of National Grid Gas Plc (NGG) also contains a response to the ExA’s first written questions.

The submission for Deadline 1 by Hirwaun Power Limited contains:
– Response to the ExA’s first written questions
– Comments on relevant representations (including comments on any submissions received prior to the preliminary meeting)
– Submission recommending locations or items for the itinerary for the accompanied site visit
– Updated Habitats Regulations Assessment screening matrices’

22 August 2014
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The examination timetable (Rule 8 letter) has been sent to interested parties

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting

29 July 2014
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  • Preliminary Meeting takes place
  • Examination begins
23 July 2014
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A late representation submitted during the pre-examination stage and accepted by the Examining Authority has been published

30 June 2014
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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.

30 June 2014
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The Adequacy of Consultation Representations have been published.

06 June 2014
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Relevant representations published on the website
03 June 2014
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Registration of interested parties closes
29 May 2014
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The Planning Inspectorate has accepted an updated version of the Non-Technical Summary of the Environmental Statement that corrects specific information on where the Environmental Statement can be viewed, as required by section 20 of the Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) regulations. The corrections relate to paragraph 1.5.4 of the document.

Document 6.4.0 Revision 1 dated April 2014 replaces the superseded document 6.4.0 Revision 0 dated March 2014.

Document 6.4.1 Revision 1 (Welsh translation) dated April 2014 replaces the superseded document 6.4.1 Revision 0 dated March 2014.

25 April 2014
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Registration of interested parties begins
24 April 2014
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The application has been accepted for examination

15 April 2014
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Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
15 April 2014
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Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
21 March 2014