Development Consent Orders: Energy Projects



  • Client

    Watt Power Ltd

  • Region

    Suffolk, South Wales, Bedfordshire

Development Consent Orders: Energy Projects

PBA provided planning support in the DCO applications for two major power stations, one in Suffolk and one in South Wales, which were both granted Development Consent Orders in Summer 2015.

As lead planning consultant for Watt Power, we completed and submitted two DCO applications for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) - Progress Power Station and Hirwaun Power Station, and managed the examination process for both projects. Both applications were approved in July 2015.

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 two stations with 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.

PBA has now advised on or contributed to the DCO applications for over twenty notified or consented NSIPs, providing a range of technical and strategic advice including DCO management, planning, environmental impact assessment, transport assessment, construction logistics and engineering design. Amongst the services we have offered on these projects, our team has been responsible for delivering the following DCO submission documents:

  • Preliminary Environmental Information Report
  • Environmental Statement
  • Statement in Respect of Statutory Nuisance
  • Statement of Community Consultation
  • Planning Statement
  • Statements of Common Ground
  • Consultation Report