Wrexham Energy Centre
Mrs Deadman wrote to the Planning Inspectorate expressing concerns regarding the proposed power station and route corridor. Mrs Deadman also expressed concern regarding the applicant's consultation process along the proposed Southern pylon route.
Thank you for your letter dated 7 April 2013 in regard to the above project. Your letter is useful for us to monitor emerging issues in response to a pre-application proposal. As you may be aware, however, The Planning Inspectorate can accept this letter for information purposes only at this stage.
The proposed Wrexham Energy Centre is currently at the pre-application stage and is expected to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in late 2013. I therefore encourage you to continue to contact the developer directly at this stage of the process as this is the best time to influence a project. I am aware that, to date the applicant has carried out informal consultation on this project.
At the pre-application stage of the process, the developer is required to carry out extensive statutory consultation (under s42, 44 and 47 of the Planning Act 2008) on the proposals before submitting their application to the Planning Inspectorate. This involves providing information about the proposal to various statutory and non-statutory bodies and the wider community, responding to questions, listening to suggestions and taking these into account to influence and inform the application ultimately submitted. The length of time taken to prepare and consult on the project will vary depending upon its scale and complexity.
I have enclosed the following advice notes which may be of interest to you, which include further information on the planning process:
Advice Note 8.1: How the process works
Advice Note 8.2: Responding to the developer?s pre-application consultation