Yorkshire and Humber CCS Cross Country Pipeline
Query regarding the designation of 'essential infrastructure' for the Above Ground Installations elements of the project.
In your letter of 20 August, you asked for clarification on the process for designating above ground infrastructure as 'essential infrastructure' in relation to the Flood Risk Assessment.
Further to our conversation at the teleconference of 10 September, I confirm our advice at the time, with clarification on timing of the decision:
The decision would lie with the Secretary of State once any examination has been completed and recommendation made.
It is for National Grid as the applicant to set out its reasoning as part of any submission with the application, and note that your letter of 20 August takes that approach.
Without prejudice to any examination, the Examining Authority may test evidence and representations particularly from the following parties:
- Environment Agency
- Local Planning Authorities
- Internal Drainage Boards
We advise you share your reasoning with those parties and if possible aim to prepare a Statement of Common Ground in relation to this matter, as this could reduce the areas of uncertainty / disagreement that may necessitate further examination. Even if there areas of disagreement, this would assist any examining authority in focusing on key mattes.