The Planning Inspectorate, on behalf of Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, now has up to 28 days to accept our application.
Upon acceptance of the application, the Project would progress through pre-examination and a period of examination by an appointed Examining Authority. The Examining Authority then prepares a recommendation report and submit it to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), to make a decision on whether to grant development consent.
Our application includes:
- A Consultation Report: this will summarise 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, will be published on the Planning Inspectorate’s website in due course. We will update our website at this stage and let people know once this has been achieved.
What happens now that the application has been submitted?
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 (SOS), has 28 days to decide whether to accept our DCO application for examination.
- Pre-examination – this period usually takes between three and four months and is an opportunity for the public to register with PINS to become an Interested Party by making a Relevant Representation. PINS will also formally appoint an inspector or panel of inspectors to serve as the Examining Authority.
- Examination – The Examining Authority has up to six months to examine the application, where Interested Parties who have registered by making a Relevant Representation are invited to provide more detailed of their views in writing.
- Decision – The Examining Authority has up to three months to make a recommendation to the Secretary of State (SoS). The SoS for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) then has a further three months to make a decision on whether to grant or refuse development consent.
- 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.
Subject to our application being approved, construction of the project will start. 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, with final works and reinstatement taking place by the end of 2028.
Further explanation of the decision-making process for major infrastructure project, in line with the Planning Act 2008, can be found on the Planning Inspectorate’s website.