Timeline

Thank you for your interest in our proposals for Sunnica Energy Farm. Following this statutory consultation, we will consider all the views we receive and use them to finalise our DCO application.

As part of our application, we will be required to submit a Consultation Report setting out how we have had regard to the responses received during the statutory consultation, this will also include a summary of the non-statutory consultation. We expect to submit our DCO application in spring 2021. If our application is accepted by the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) on behalf of the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, there will be a further opportunity for you to make comments and submissions as part of the process for determining the application.

Image of the indicative timeline. Winter 2020 – 1. Pre-application Look out for information in local media and online. Development of application, having regard to consultation responses. Spring 2021 – 2. Acceptance The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) on behalf of the Secretary of State, has 28 days to decide whether the application meets the required standards to proceed to examination including whether our consultation has been adequate. Summer 2021 – 3. Put forward your case You can register as an interested party: you will be kept informed of progress and have opportunities to put your case forward. Inspectors will hold a preliminary meeting and set the timetable for examination. Summer 2021 – 4. Examination You can submitsend your comments in writing. You can request to speak at a public hearing. The Inspectorate has six months to carry out the examination. Summer 2022 – 5. Decision A recommendation to the relevant Secretary of State will be issued by the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) within three months. The Secretary of State then has a further three months to issue a decision on the proposal. Autumn 2022 – 6. Post-decision There is the opportunity for legal challenge.