PBA's planning advice helps secure consent for power plants

PBA's planning advice helps secure consent for power plants

24 July 2015

LONDON – Two major power stations, one in Suffolk and one in South Wales, were granted development consent yesterday by Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd.

As Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs), the power stations are required to undergo a six-month examination on behalf of the Secretary of State, who then decides whether and on what terms to make a Development Consent Order (DCO). These two DCOs have been made with compulsory acquisition powers and represent a comprehensive type of planning permission.

Peter Brett Associates led the planning of these projects for Watt Power over an 18-month period, from the preparation and submission of the applications to the day to day management and examination of both projects.

The making of the DCOs marks an important milestone for Watt Power’s first gas fired power station projects which, subject to the outcome of the Capacity Mechanism auction, would provide generating capacity of up to 299 MW for times of peak demand when renewable generation is intermittent, thereby helping the transition to a low carbon economy while maintaining sufficient power.

“We are delighted with this decision from the Secretary of State, and to have supported Watt Power through the planning process for these vital energy projects,” said PBA Director Dermot Scanlon, who leads PBA’s infrastructure planning team. “We wish them the very best of luck as they move forward to secure the necessary funding.

PBA has now advised on over 20 notified or consented NSIPs, providing a growing range of technical and strategic advice including environmental impact assessment, engineering design, planning and DCO management.