Meaford Energy Centre

The list below includes a record of advice we have provided for this project. For a list of all advice issued by the Planning Inspectorate, including non-project related advice, please go to the Register of advice page.

There is a statutory duty, under section 51 of the Planning Act 2008, to record the advice that is given in relation to an application or a potential application, including the name of the person who requested the advice, and to make this publicly available.

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Enquiry received via email
Dear Meaford Case team.

BNP Paribas Real Estate acts for Royal Mail (IP number 10031419) and submitted a relevant representation on 19 June 2015.

We note that responses to the ExA?s draft DCO at Deadline 7 has been removed from the timetable as well as comments on responses to the ExA?s draft DCO at Deadline 8 and that the Examination will end on 20 February 2016.

Please can you advise if there are any remaining opportunities for our client to submit further written representation, if required.

Many thanks
Dear Mr Parry-Jones

Thank you for your email.

As you mention below, the Examining Authority (ExA) issued a letter on 7 January 2016 amending the remaining timetable for this examination. In this letter, the ExA advised he was not be issuing a draft DCO and therefore there was no longer a need for the deadlines seeking responses to this along with any other comments on the responses.

Whilst the ultimate deadline for the close of examination is 20 February 2016, the letter of 7 January 2016 also informed parties that the ExA may decide to close the examination early and if he does you will be notified in accordance with section 99 of the Planning Act 2008 (as amended by the localism act).

The examination to date, has had seven deadlines including ones where Royal mail along with other interested parties were invited to submit representations and make comments on any other representations (as set out in the timetable). Aside from the relevant representation submitted by Royal Mail and general email correspondence with the Meaford Case Team, we have not received any other representation. If Royal Mail intend to submit a further representation or comments into the examination, I would encourage you to submit these as soon as possible. It will then be at the discretion of the ExA to decide whether to accept these into the examination.

Please note the ExA will not be able to take into account any submissions received after the close of examination however they will be sent to the Secretary of State at the same time as the ExA?s recommendation report.

I hope this answers your query, however if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards

Kay Sully
Case Manager

18 January 2016
Royal Mail - Dan Parry-Jones
Enquiry received via phone
response has attachments
Regarding the proposed planning application from St Mowden, what material and consideration has been made in relation to the trees which are proposed as part of the screening mitigation for Meaford Energy Centre.

Also, whether Meaford Residents Association should maintain their representation regarding the devaluation of house prices and whether this is a material consideration as part of the PA2008 process as they are not in the Book of Reference? also queried this in relation to the applicant?s comments on relevant representations.
Dear Mr Kuhn

Further to our telephone discussion regarding your submission of 17 September 2015 concerning two matters, I have looked at the submissions you refer to and provide the following advice:

Planning application by St Mowden Plc as referred to in your Deadline 2 submission

Stafford Borough Council and Staffordshire County Council refer to this as part of the planning history at section 4.1, page 5 of its joint Local Impact Report (LIR): [attachment 1]

Further details regarding the application are also referred to as being at Appendix 1 of their LIR which is split across three documents and available for viewing at:

[attachment 2];stage=4&filter=LIR+and+SoCG

Should you have any comments to make on the above (in addition to your submission at Deadline 2) please ensure you submit them by 21 October (Deadline 3) as the Examining Authority will be looking at all relevant material as submitted and therefore for any considerations of material by the Examining Authority (ExA), it is important this is submitted into the examination

Devaluation of property prices

Whilst I cannot comment on the accuracy of the applicant?s comments in their responses to your relevant representation, the quote from the Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) is correct and the PPG is relevant planning policy which the Secretary of State can take into account when deciding the application. The PPG can be accessed here: [attachment 3]

All material submitted into the examination will be considered by the ExA with the exception of representations that are vexatious of frivolous; relate to the merits of policy in a national policy statement; relate to compensation for compulsory acquisition of land or an interest in or right over land (s.106 Planning Act 2008). The ExA will consider all the information submitted at Deadline 2, including the applicant?s response, and can ask for further information from any party if he considers it necessary to do so to examine the application. As mentioned above, the next stage in the examination timetable is Deadline 3 (Thursday 22 October) which includes requests by the ExA for any responses to comments made at Deadline 2 so if you wish to make comments, please ensure these are submitted in accordance with the timetable.

Depreciation in property value could, in some circumstances, give rise to a result of a relevant claim (as defined in s.57(6) Planning Act 2008) but compensation for any depreciation in property values arising from a relevant claim is not a matter to be considered by the ExA or Secretary of State with the exception of the need for the Secretary of State to be satisfied that the applicant is likely to have funds available to pay all successful compensation claims and to that extent the ExA must consider the likely amount of compensation during examination.

A relevant claim means a claim under s.10 Compulsory Purchase Act 1965 (compensation for taking or injurious affection of land); or part 1 of the Land Compensation Act 1973 (compensation for depreciation of land value by physical factors caused by the use of public works); or a claim under s.152(3) Planning Act 2008.

Identification in the Book of Reference (BoR) does not determine your ability to make a relevant claim. The BoR should identify all persons that the applicant thinks would or might be entitled, as a result of the implementing of the order/the order having been implemented/use of the land once the order has been implemented, to make a relevant claim. These persons should be included within Part 2 of the BoR as category 3 persons.

As you have not been identified in the BoR you do not have the status of an affected person in the examination, however, if you consider that you should be in the BoR as a category 3 person you can make a request to the ExA to become an interested party in accordance with s.102A Planning Act 2008. However, as you have submitted a relevant representation on behalf of the Meaford Road Residents Association, the Association itself is already an Interested party and able to fully participate in the examination so you may not consider it necessary to become an interested party in an individual capacity.

I hope the above is helpful however please note, this response is sent without prejudice and cannot be considered as legal advice on which you or the residents association can rely on.

If you have any further queries on this or any other matter, please do not hesitate to contact us.

19 October 2015
Edmund Kuhn
Enquiry received via email
Many thanks for your email of 1 October 2015, I note that the issue specific hearing on environmental matters is on Wednesday 11 November 2015. Reference my email of 29 September 2015 I assume that this hearing will address Traffic and Transport impact?

I also note that our client Royal Mail?s relevant representation (IP reg is 10031419) is included in the list of relevant representations on the webpage. Will this representation be considered at the hearing on 11 November 2015?
Thank you for your email of 12 October 2015, regarding the likelihood of Traffic and Transport impact being discussed at the issue specific hearing on Wednesday 11 November 2015. The agenda for the rescheduled hearings, (now due to occur on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 November), have yet to be published, although will appear on the Planning Inspectorate?s website around seven days in advance.

The 11 November hearing on environmental matters will touch on traffic and transport, which was one of the principal issues identified early on in this process. However, this topic may also be covered at the Draft Development Consent Order (DCO) issue specific hearing, in relation to any requirements which engage traffic and transport matters.

All relevant representations submitted to the examination will of course be taken into consideration by the Examining Authority (ExA). However, in light of the Applicant?s Deadline 2 response to Royal Mail?s relevant representation, should Royal Mail have any comment to make on that response or associated information in support of their original relevant representation, they are advised to do so for Deadline 3. This is because the agenda for the pending hearings can only be based on information before the ExA at that time. Royal Mail may also wish to further be represented at either hearing on the 11 /12 November, in which case please advise the Planning Inspectorate by Tuesday 27 October and confirm the main details of any topic to be raised should an oral representation to the ExA be intended.

I hope this is helpful, but should you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

15 October 2015
Royal Mail - Daniel Parry-Jones
Enquiry received via email
response has attachments
Enquiry regarding National Park Authority is not the planning authority for the Meaford Energy Centre project and whether they are intended receipient for the procedural letters.
Thank you for your email. The Peak District National Park Authority is a statutory consultee on the Meaford Energy Centre application.

You may be aware however, that the Planning Inspectorate acts on behalf of the Secretary of State in examining applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs). As a part of the process, the Planning Inspectorate is under a duty to identify prescribed (statutory) consultees and inform them of any procedural decisions. Procedural decisions which the Planning Inspectorate must therefore send to you as a statutory party include:

? Rule 6 letter ? an invitation to the Preliminary Meeting, draft timetable, appointment of Examining Authority;
? Rule 8 letter - final examination timetable,
? Rule 8(3) letter - changes to examination timetable (Rule 8(3) letter)
? Section 99 letter ? close of examination letter

Please note however, that is for you to decide whether you wish to respond to this correspondence or participate in the examination. For more information about the project, please visit the project website using below link:

[attachment 1]

I hope this information is helpful, but please contact us should you have any more questions.

Kind Regards

02 October 2015
Peak District National Park Authority
Enquiry received via email
response has attachments
Enquiry regarding attending the hearings on 10th and 11th November 2015 for research purposes on the NSIP process.
Please note a revision to the examination timetable has today been issued. The email below implies you were attending the hearings on 10 and 11 November (which were originally the hearings on environmental matters and the DCO hearing). These are still taking place however due to the submissions received at deadline 2, the length has been reduced to half days rather than full ones and have been set as follows:

Wednesday 11 November 2015 - Issue Specific Hearing on Environmental matters - 1:00pm (seating available from 12:30pm)
Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre
Yarnfield Lane Yarnfields
Staffordshire
ST15 0NL

Thursday 12 November 2015 - Issue Specific Hearing on the Draft Development Consent Order - 9.00am (seating available from 8.30am)
Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre
Yarnfield Lane Yarnfields Staffordshire
ST15 0NL

Thursday 12 November 2015 - Compulsory Acquisition Hearing - 2:00pm (seating available from 1:30pm)
Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre
Yarnfield Lane Yarnfields
Staffordshire
ST15 0NL

A copy of the notification and revised examination timetable can be accessed at the following link: [attachment 1]

If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards

01 October 2015
Dr Lucy Natarajan
Enquiry received via email
response has attachments
On behalf of my client Royal Mail (IP reg is 10031419) I submitted a relevant representation on 19 June 2015 flagging our clients concerns about traffic impact during the construction phase. I am not aware that the applicant has made a response to our client?s relevant representation, please can you confirm.

Please can you also advise whether there will be an issue specific hearing on traffic and transportation matters and if so when. It is not evident from the Examination timetable whether there will be one.
Thank you for your email in relation to the Meaford Energy Centre examination.

I can confirm submissions for Deadline 2 (28 September) have been published and are available for viewing at: [attachment 1];stage=4&filter=Deadline+2+-+28-09-2015.
Pages 35-36 of the applicant?s comments on relevant representations contains a summary of its response to Royal Mail?s relevant representations which can be found at the following link: [attachment 2]. Should Royal Mail wish to make any comments on this, you must ensure you do so by Deadline 3 (22 October 2015) as per the examination timetable.

In response to your point regarding the traffic and transportation issues, these will be discussed at the hearing regarding environmental matters which was originally scheduled for Tuesday 10 November however you should have today received notification by the Examining Authority of an amendment to the examination timetable meaning the hearing into this will now be taking place on Wednesday 11 November (seating available from 12:30, hearing starts at 1:00pm). It should also be noted as part of the DCO hearing, any requirements around traffic and transportation may also be discussed/updated etc and this will be held on Thursday 12 November (seating available from 08:30, hearing starts at 9:00am). Please do however monitor our website (or sign up to the updates) as agendas for these hearings will be published on or around Wednesday 4 November and will provide you with a better idea of what will be discussed, and when.

Please also note, any party wishing to attend the hearing(s) should notify us in writing and indicate whether they wish to speak or not which will then help with the organisation of the hearing. Formal notification of this has also been issued today along with the amendment to the timetable which can be accessed here: [attachment 3]

If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

01 October 2015
Daniel Parry-Jones
Enquiry received via email
response has attachments
Advice given regarding submitting comments on the Relevant Representation form.
Thank you for your email regarding the Meaford Energy Centre. Unfortunately we cannot accept your comments via email, you must first register as an interested party.

In order to register as an interested party, you must submit a relevant representation which should include a summary of what you agree and/or disagree with in the application, what you consider the main issues to be, and their impact (you can simply insert the contents of your email if you wish). You can do this using our online registration form, which will be available from our Meaford Energy Centre project page at the following link:
[attachment 1]

Please be aware that the deadline for making a relevant representation is 11.59pm 21 June 2015.

You can find further information on becoming an interested party and submitting a relevant representation within our advice note at the following link:
[attachment 2]

17 June 2015
Sacha Rossi - NATS LTD
Enquiry received via phone
response has attachments
Advice given regarding registering Relevant Representation and becoming an IP.
Further to our telephone conversation please find below the web link to Meaford Energy Centre?s project page on the planning portal: [attachment 1].

You will see on the main page there is information on how to register your representation and become an interested party. I have also included a link to our advice note 8.3, which is also part of a series of advice notes on how you can get involved in the process of examination: [attachment 2]

If you have any queries regarding this or any other matter, please do not hesitate to contact us. You will see I have also cc:d into this email the project mailbox ([email protected]), please ensure you copy any correspondence to the project mailbox as if I am not available one of the case team will be able to deal with your query in my absence.

15 May 2015
Kuhn Edmund
Enquiry received via email
response has attachments
Email asking for more information.
You will find more information about this project on our website, including how you can get involved in our process by registering as an interested party. As a ?D? Local Authority you are automatically registered as an Interested Party in the process. However, it would be useful if you could submit a relevant representation (by registering as an interested party on our website) as it will assist the Examining Authority, when appointed, to form their initial assessment of principal issues.

You will also find some useful advice notes on our website which are located under the ?Legislation and advice? tab at the top of the web page (the advice note 8 series specifically). Initially it may be useful to look at Advice Note 1 and Advice Note 8.3 attached.

14 May 2015
Cheshire East Council - anon.
Enquiry received via email
response has attachments
Advice given following acceptance.
See attached.

24 April 2015
Meaford Energy Limited - Karl Cradick
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
A meeting with the applicant to discuss feedback on draft documents
See meeting note attached

23 March 2015
Meaford Energy Limited - Karl Cradick
Enquiry received via email
response has attachments
Comments on the draft documents submitted by the applicant.
Please see the attached letter.

17 November 2014
Meaford Energy Limited - David Palmer
Enquiry received via email
response has attachments
Document sent to the applicant providing comments on draft SoCC.
Please see attached.

17 March 2014
Meaford Energy Limited
Enquiry received via email
response has attachments
The applicant requested comments on the draft Statement of Community Consultation
The Planning Inspectorate provided comments to the applicant. Please see document attached.

17 March 2014
Meaford Energy Limited
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Meeting with the applicant to provide an update on the project.
Please see meeting note attached.

25 February 2014
Karl Cradick
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Initial Meeting with Killingholme Energy Ltd and Meaford Energy Ltd

22 August 2013
Savills - Karl Cradick