Wrexham Energy Centre

Enquiry received via email

Wrexham Energy Centre

11 June 2013
Maggie Colman


As a business owner and resident of the area ( Post code LL13) I write to object to the proposal to build a gas fired Power Station bordering Wrexham Industrial Estate
My chief objections / questions are:
Why a green field site? - there are many, many brown field sites throughout the UK that could and indeed should be used
Why North Wales? - Wrexham, indeed North Wales already has no need for more power
Why no substation? - therefore no extra power to the Industrial Estate ? wrong plant for ?sales??
This is not a low carbon proposal? - CO2 dispersal storage / underground / out to sea - effects and costs of this?
How many jobs? - are they guaranteed?
- Have we researched the Wrexham job seeker profile?
- Will Wrexham job seekers be correctly skilled / qualified?
Who are Wrexham Power? - track record, authentic and relevant experience?
- are they local people?
- do they have an interest in the success and well-being of the area?
- long term plans?
- accuracy of the information they are giving?
What will the impact be on the local area? - tourism and visitors to the area
? jobs / local businesses
- habitat ? World Heritage site? Wildlife?
How does this fit with ?One Wales? - the well-being of the local people and visitors WILL be affected
- health implications are well documented / proven

Advice given

Thank you for your e-mail dated 5 June 2013 in regard to the above project. Your e-mail 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 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, and to have regard to questions and suggestions made in order 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.
Once the application has been formally submitted to the Planning Inspectorate a period of 28 days is given to decide whether to ?accept? the application to proceed to Examination. Part of this assessment will consider whether the applicant has adequately complied with their duty to consult and have taken account of any relevant responses from persons they are required to consult under s42, 44 and 47 of the Planning Act 2008.
I have provided links to copies of the following Planning Inspectorate Advice Notes which may be of interest to you. These include further information on the planning process.
Advice note 8.1: How the process works
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Advice note 8.2: Responding to the developer?s pre-application consultation
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