After submitting our plans for Yorkshire GREEN to the Planning Inspectorate on 15 November 2022, the Project went through a period of examination which concluded in September 2023.
Our application includes:
- A Consultation Report: this summarises how your responses submitted to our consultation have been considered when developing our proposals; and
- An Environmental Statement: this sets out what environmental effects we believe our project would have and how we propose to minimise them.
Both reports, including all associated technical maps, plans and appendices, have been published on the Planning Inspectorate’s website.
What happens now that the examination period has closed?
The animation below provides a summary of the application process for Yorkshire GREEN.
This six-stage process is also explained below:
- Pre-application – we have now completed this stage having submitted our DCO application to PINS.
- Acceptance – PINS, on behalf of the Secretary of State, had 28 days to decide whether to accept our DCO application for examination. Our application was formally accepted on Thursday 8 December 2022.
- Pre-examination – this period was an opportunity for the public to register with PINS to become an Interested Party by making a Relevant Representation. PINS also formally appointed a panel of inspectors to serve as the Examining Authority. This registration period for Yorkshire GREEN began on Thursday 5 January 2023 and closed on Monday 13 February 2023.
- Examination – During the examination period, Interested Parties who made a Relevant Representation were invited to provide more detail of their views in writing. The examination period for Yorkshire GREEN started on Wednesday 22 March 2023 and closed on Friday 15 September 2023.
- Decision – The Examining Authority now has up to three months to make a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero. The Secretary of State will have a further three months to make a decision on whether to grant or refuse development consent. We are expecting a decision to be made in spring 2024.
- Post-decision – once a decision has been made, there is a six-week period in which the decision may be challenged. This process of legal challenge is known as judicial review.
Should consent be granted in 2024, we anticipate that our main construction programme would begin later that year, with the new infrastructure being operational in 2027. We anticipate final works and reinstatement to take place by the end of 2028.
We will provide further information on this website in due course, once a decision has been made by the Secretary of State. Should consent be granted, this will include details on the construction programme and next steps.
Further explanation of the decision-making process for major infrastructure projects, in line with the Planning Act 2008, can be found on the Planning Inspectorate’s website.