South Humber Bank Energy Centre

What happens next

A decision on the application for a Development Consent Order for South Humber Bank Energy Centre was taken on 10 November 2021 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 (56 items)

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has today granted development consent for the South Humber Bank Energy Centre project:

Secretary of State’s Decision Letter (PDF, 673 KB)
Planning Inspectorate Notification of Decision Letter (PDF, 114 KB)
Development Consent Order as Made (PDF, 1 MB)
Examining Authority’s Recommendation Report (PDF, 3 MB)
Habitats Regulations Assessment (PDF, 913 KB)
Regulation 31 Notice (PDF, 102 KB)

10 November 2021
Decision made by the Secretary of State
10 November 2021

The Secretary of State has received a response from the Applicant (PDF, 226KB) to their letter of 8 October 2021 (PDF, 205KB) requesting further information.

20 October 2021

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has written today (PDF, 205KB) to the Applicant seeking further information, in light of responses received to the letter of  30 September 2021. The deadline for a response is 23:59 on 15 October 2021.

08 October 2021

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has written today (PDF, 688KB) to the Applicant and Network Rail Infrastructure Limited seeking further information. The deadline for a response is 23:59 on 7 October 2021

30 September 2021

The Secretary of State has received responses from the Applicant to his letter of 27 August 2021 (PDF, 201KB) requesting further information and is reviewing these responses.

24 September 2021
Recommendations given by the Planning Inspectorate
10 August 2021

No Deadline 8 submissions were received. The Examination closed at 23:59 on Monday 10th May 2021.

11 May 2021

The Examination closes at 23:59 on Monday 10th May 2021.

08 May 2021

The Examining Authority has used its discretion to accept an Additional Submission from ESP Utilities Group Ltd.

07 May 2021

The submissions to Deadline 7 have now been published.

The Examination Library will be updated as soon as practicable.

06 May 2021

Pursuant to the submissions made at Deadline (D) 6 (23 April 2021), the Examining Authority has amended the Examination Timetable under Rule 8(3) and sought further information under Rule 17. D7 has been changed to Wednesday 5 May 2021 and a new D8, of the 10 May 2021 has been added.

Responses to the requests for further information are due by D7 – 5 May 2021.

28 April 2021

The submissions to Deadline 6 have now been published.

The Examination Library will be updated as soon as practicable.

27 April 2021

The Examining Authority has published the Report on the Implications for European Sites (PDF, 301KB), but does not consider it necessary to request further information on any matter, under Rule 17 of The Infrastructure Planning (Examination Procedure) Rules 2010, or publish a schedule of proposed changes to the draft Development Consent Order, at this stage.

31 March 2021

The Examining Authority (ExA) has reviewed the Applicant’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) footage (Document, 4KB), accepted into the Examination by the ExA on 10 March 2021, as well as the comments made by Interested Parties (IPs) received by Deadline 5 (Friday 19 March 2021). Taking the UAV Footage and IPs Responses into consideration, as well as bearing in mind the ExA’s Rule 9 letter of 15 January 2021 (PDF, 127KB), the ExA is satisfied that an Accompanied Site Inspection is not required.

23 March 2021

The submissions to Deadline 5 have now been published.

The Examination Library will be updated as soon as practicable.

22 March 2021

The Examining Authority (ExA) has used its discretion to accept Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) footage submitted by the Applicant. Additionally, the ExA has issued a Rule 17 letter (PDF, 116KB) seeking comments from Interested Parties on the UAV footage at Deadline 5 (Friday 19 March 2021).

10 March 2021

The Examining Authority’s Further Written Questions (EXQ2) (PDF, 238 KB) have now been published.

Responses are due by Deadline 5: Friday 19 March 2021.

05 March 2021

The Examining Authority (ExA) considers that an Accompanied Site Inspection (ASI) may not be required, but a final decision into whether to hold an ASI will be made following review of the Applicant’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, otherwise known as drone, footage that is due to be made available to the ExA week commencing 1 March 2021. Following review of this drone footage, if an ASI is required arrangements will be made and the Examination Timetable will be amended accordingly.

The submissions to Deadline 4 have now been published. The Examination Library will be updated as soon as practicable.

23 February 2021

A document setting out the action points arising from Issue Specific Hearing 1 on the draft Development Consent Order (DCO) held virtually online on 9 February 2021 has been published.

16 February 2021
09 February 2021

Instructions for those wishing to participate in Issue Specific Hearing 1 on the draft Development Consent Order (ISH1) have been sent. The Livestream of ISH1 is available for those wishing to observe it in real time. Please note that ISH1 will start broadcasting ‘LIVE’ once it opens at 10:00AM on Tuesday 9 February 2021. If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

08 February 2021

Instructions for those wishing to participate in the Open Floor Hearing 1 (OFH1) have been sent. The Livestream of OFH1 is available for those wishing to observe it in real time. Please note that the OFH1 will start broadcasting ‘LIVE’ once it opens at 2:00PM on Monday 8 February 2021. If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

08 February 2021

The agendas for Issue Specific Hearing 1 on the draft Development Consent Order (dDCO) (PDF, 1414 KB) on Tuesday 9 February 2021 and Open Floor Hearing 1 (PDF, 115 KB) on Monday 8 February 2021 have now been published.

01 February 2021

An email from the Applicant seeking a direction to exempt it from Rule 13(6)(b) of The Infrastructure Planning (Examination Procedure) Rules 2010 has been accepted as an Additional Submission (PDF, 2 MB). The Examining Authority has responded to this request with a Procedural Decision (PDF, 113 KB).

The submissions to Deadline 3 have now been published. The Examination Library will be updated as soon as practicable.

21 January 2021

The Examining Authority (ExA) has taken a Procedural Decision (PDF, 127 KB) to postpone any further detailed planning of a possible Accompanied Site Inspection, but rather requires the submission of a detailed flight plan for an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) with a view to undertaking a comprehensive high-resolution video of the Proposed Development site.

15 January 2021

A Rule 13 letter giving notice of an Open Floor Hearing and Issue Specific Hearing 1 (PDF, 182 KB) in week commencing 8 February 2021 has been issued to Interested Parties.

11 January 2021

The Environment Agency’s Written Representation (PDF, 78 KB) and response to the Examining Authority’s Written Questions (PDF, 878 KB) submitted for Deadline 2 have now been published. These were erroneously omitted from the suite of Deadline 2 submissions originally published on 23 December 2020.

07 January 2021

The submissions to Deadline 2 have now been published. The Examination Library will be updated as soon as practicable.

23 December 2020

The submissions to Deadline 1 have now been published. The Examination Library will be updated as soon as practicable.

09 December 2020

Read the letter

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

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting

17 November 2020

The recording from the Preliminary Meeting: Part 2 has been published:
Recording of Preliminary Meeting Part 2 – 10 November 2020.

13 November 2020
Examination begins
10 November 2020

Instructions for those wishing to participate in the Preliminary Meeting Part 2 (PM) have been sent. The Livestream of PM Part 2 is available for those wishing to observe it in real time. Please note that the PM will start broadcasting ‘LIVE’ once it opens at 10:00AM on Tuesday 10 November 2020. If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

09 November 2020

The response to Procedural Deadline B (PDF, 113 KB) has now been published.

04 November 2020

The recording from the Preliminary Meeting: Part 1 has been published: Preliminary Meeting Part 1 – 21 October 2020.

23 October 2020
Preliminary Meeting takes place
21 October 2020

Instructions for those wishing to participate in the Preliminary Meeting (PM) have been sent. A Livestream of PM Part 1 is available for those wishing to observe this week in real time.

Please note that the PM will start broadcasting ‘LIVE’ once it opens at 10.00am on Wednesday 21 October 2020. If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

We would remind those observing the PM that there is an opportunity to provide any written responses to matters raised at the PM by Procedural Deadline B (3 November 2020).

20 October 2020

The Examining Authority would like to thank those who provided written submissions by Procedural Deadline A. These have been very helpful ahead of the Preliminary Meeting (PM). For those that have indicated a wish to speak on specific agenda items, instructions on how to join the meeting will be issued by email on Tuesday 20 October 2020.

For those that would like to view the PM in real time, the link to the livestream will be published on this project web page on Tuesday 20 October 2020.

Those participating or observing the PM should familiarise themselves with the Rule 6 letter (PDF, 604KB), dated 23 September 2020. It is particularly important to read Annex B, which provides an introduction to the PM, as this will not be covered in detail in the meeting.

15 October 2020

The responses to Procedural Deadline A have now been published.

14 October 2020

The Rule 6 letter – Notification of the preliminary meeting and matters to be discussed (PDF, 604 KB) has been issued.

This includes details of the PM, the draft Examination Timetable and other related matters.

Interested Parties wishing to participate in the PM must complete the Preliminary Meeting Involvement Form (by Procedural Deadline A (Tuesday 8 October 2020).

Further information is contained in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (PDF, 161 KB) document.

23 September 2020

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.

23 September 2020

The note of the Examining Authority’s Unaccompanied Site Inspection (PDF, 112kb) conducted on 25 August 2020 has now been published.

Site Availability

This site will be unavailable between 18:00 and 20:00 on Monday 14 September 2020 whilst maintenance work is carried out.

11 September 2020

The Examining Authority has used his discretion to accept an Additional Submission from Cadent Gas Limited (PDF 87kb) requesting the withdrawal of its Relevant Representation.

08 September 2020

The Examining Authority has issued a letter to request further information, with an accompanying Questionnaire, to help seek views regarding future events.

The deadline for Questionnaire responses is 12 August 2020.

31 July 2020

The Examining Authority has used discretion to accept the following Additional Submissions:

EP Waste Management Limited – Covering letter with response to s51 advice dated 4 May 2020, updated Land Plan (Document reference 4.3 Rev 2.0) and Report on Section 56 and EIA Regulation 16 Activities

Historic England – Position statement

The Examination Library will updated in due course.

22 July 2020
Relevant representations published on the website
20 July 2020
Registration of interested parties closes
16 July 2020
Registration of interested parties begins
28 May 2020
Read the letter

The application has been accepted for examination

04 May 2020
Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
04 May 2020

This application was received by the Planning Inspectorate on Thursday 9 April 2020.

The Applicant has agreed that all application documents can be published as soon as practicable to help everyone become familiar with the detail of what is being proposed in this application. The Planning Inspectorate will therefore make the application documents available as soon as practicable.

This provision is solely for the purpose of allowing more time to all those who wish to become familiar with the detail of what is being proposed ahead of the relevant representation period without lengthening the overall time required for the application process. There will be no opportunity at this stage to make comments on the application. However, if the application is accepted anyone interested in the application will be able to register and express their views during the Relevant Representation stage and the subsequent examination.

09 April 2020
Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
09 April 2020