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Planning & Consultation

Public consultation is an integral part of the planning process. Local residents, businesses and other local interest groups will be consulted before any application seeking development consent is made and their views will help shape the final application.

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Public consultation is an integral part of the planning process. Local residents, businesses and other local interest groups were consulted before the application seeking development consent was made and their views helped shape the final application.

The Project constitutes a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project, which means that a Development Consent Order is required to build, operate and maintain it.

The proposed application for Development Consent will be processed and examined by the Planning Inspectorate who will make a recommendation on whether a Development Consent Order should be granted by the UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. The final decision on the proposed Development Consent Order Application is made by the Secretary of State.

The local community was given several opportunities to consider and comment on the proposed project including technical and environmental studies and associated design work. Local consultation took place in two stages: A 'Non-statutory Consultation' (Phase 1) was held in June 2013 and a period of 'Statutory Consultation' (Phase 2) took place between 17th October and 28th November 2013.

In addition, meetings about the project have been held with elected political representatives and information shared with Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council as well as a range of organisations such as the Brecon Beacon National Park.

Hirwaun Power submitted an application for Development Consent on March 21st 2014. The application was subsequently accepted by the Planning Inspectorate for examination on behalf of the Secretary of State on April 15th 2014.

Following careful consideration of, amongst other things, the extensive consultation carried out, the Inspectorate has confirmed that the application meets the standards required to be formally accepted for examination.

Following a three month pre-examination phase, the project has now moved into a six month examination phase. Subject to the outcomes of this process and the recommendation made by the Planning Inspectorate, the Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change is expected to make a decision on whether to award a Development Consent Order by mid-2015.

Please visit the Hirwaun Power Station section of the Planning Inspectorates website for more information on the proposed project and on the Development Consent Order process:
http://infrastructure.planningportal.gov.uk/projects/wales/hirwaun-power-station/