Little Crow Solar Park

What happens next

A decision on the application for a Development Consent Order for Little Crow Solar Park was taken on 05 April 2022 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 (46 items)

Representations received in response to the application for a non-material change to the Little Crow Solar Park Development Consent Order have been published.

21 November 2022

An application for a non-material change to the Little Crow Solar Park Development Consent Order has been made by INRG SOLAR (Little Crow) Ltd.

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

National Infrastructure
The Planning Inspectorate
Temple Quay House
2 The Square
Bristol BS1 6PN

The deadline for receipt of representations is 14 November 2022.

11 October 2022

The Secretary of State has today granted development consent for this application. For further information please refer to the following decision documentation:

Secretary of State’s Decision Letter
Planning Inspectorate’s Notification of Decision Letter
Development Consent Order as made
Examining Authority’s Recommendation Report and appendices
Regulation 31 Notice
Post-Examination Submissions

05 April 2022
Decision made by the Secretary of State
05 April 2022
Recommendations given by the Planning Inspectorate
05 January 2022

Having carried out a comprehensive review of the Examination Library, which will form an annex to the Examining Authority’s Recommendation Report, it has come to our attention the clean version of the draft Development Consent Order submitted by the Applicant at Deadline 3 was not published at the time.

The tracked changes version was published at Deadline 3 but was incorrectly labelled as the ‘clean’ version. The clean version has now been published (Deadline 3 Clean Version of the Applicant’s dDCO (PDF, 1MB)) and the track change version has been re-labelled accordingly.

The Examination Library has been updated to reflect these changes, along with the Regulation 32 Transboundary Screening document which was published on 5 January 2021 but had not been added to the Examination Library (PDF, 444KB).

29 November 2021

The Examining Authority has issued a Notification to confirm the completion of the Examination.

06 October 2021
Examination ends

05 October 2021

The Deadline 8 submissions have now been published.

The Examining Authority has made the decision to close the Examination of the Little Crow Solar Park project early. The Examination will close on Tuesday 5th October 2021.

04 October 2021

Validation Report for the draft DCO (PDF, 290 KB) has been accepted as a Late Deadline 7 Submission from the applicant at the discretion of the Examining Authority.

29 September 2021

The Deadline 7 submissions have now been published.

21 September 2021

The Deadline 6 documents have been published.

03 September 2021

The Examining Authority’s further written questions (ExQ3) have been published.

16 August 2021

The Examining Authority has decided that the hearings scheduled to be held on 9 and 10 September 2021 will not be taking place.

11 August 2021

The Examining Authority’s Rules 8(3), 9 and 16 Notification of decision in relation to Site Inspection and variation of timetable for the Examination (PDF, 165KB) has been published.

The Deadline 5 submissions have now been published.

 

10 August 2021

The recordings and transcripts for Open Floor Hearing 1 and Issue Specific Hearing 2 have been published.
Action points arising from Issue Specific Hearing 2 (PDF, 113KB) have been published.

The Examination Library (PDF, 378) has been updated.

01 July 2021

The livestream link for Issue Specific Hearing 2 – Day 2  being held on Wednesday 30 June 2021 is now available for those who wish to observe the Hearing in real time.

Please note that the Issue Specific Hearing 2 will start broadcasting LIVE once the Hearings commence at 10.00am. If the Livestream does not work initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

30 June 2021

The livestream link for Open Floor Hearing 1 and Issue Specific Hearing 2 being held on Tuesday 29 June 2021 is now available for those who wish to observe the Hearing in real time.

Please note that the Open Floor Hearing and Issue Specific Hearing 2 will start broadcasting LIVE once the Hearings commence at 10.00am. If the Livestream does not work initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

28 June 2021

The Hearing agenda for Issue Specific Hearing 2 has now been published

The Examination Library has been updated

23 June 2021

The Examining Authority’s Further Written Questions (ExQ2) (PDF, 238KB) have been published.

11 June 2021

The Deadline 3 submissions have now been published.

09 June 2021

The Examining Authority has issued a letter containing:

  • Notification of Procedural Decisions under Rule 9.
  • Notification of Hearings that will be held during the week commencing 28 June 2021, under Rule 13.
  • Requests for further information under Rule 17.
28 May 2021

The Deadline 2 submissions have now been published.

26 May 2021

The Deadline 1 submissions have now been published.

12 May 2021

The Examining Authority has issued a Rule 8 (3) (PDF, 205kb) change to the Examination Timetable and Rule 17 request for further information.

05 May 2021

Read the letter

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

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting

The Examining Authority’s First Written Questions (PDF, 238kb) have also been published.

27 April 2021

Read the letter

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

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting

27 April 2021
23 April 2021
Examination begins
21 April 2021
Preliminary Meeting takes place
20 April 2021

For parties wishing to observe the Preliminary Meeting and/or Issue Specific Hearing on Tuesday 20th (and Wednesday 21st if required) April 2021, here is the link to the livestream (which will remain the same for all Hearings relating to this project)

19 April 2021

The Procedural Deadline A Documents have now been published.

The Examining Authority has issued a Procedural Decision with respect to the documents submitted by the Applicant for the above deadline.

The Issue Specific Hearing 1 Agenda has also been published.

14 April 2021
08 April 2021

A revised version of the Rule 6 letter has been published today which includes the following changes:

The deletion from the draft Examination Timetable at Annex D of the Open Floor Hearing (OFH) which was scheduled to be held on Tuesday 20 April 2021

The deletion from Deadline A of the deadline for Interested Parties to confirm their attendance at the OFH, that was scheduled to be held on 20 April

23 March 2021

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.

22 March 2021
Relevant representations published on the website
02 March 2021
Registration of interested parties closes
26 February 2021
Registration of interested parties begins
14 January 2021
Read the letter

The application has been accepted for examination

23 December 2020
Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
23 December 2020

This application was received by the Planning Inspectorate on 4 December 2020.

The application documents will be made available if the application is accepted for examination.

It is for the Applicant to decide whether or not application documents can be published upon submission (see government’s Planning Act 2008: guidance on the Pre-application process).

04 December 2020
Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
04 December 2020