UK Planning Process and Project Timescales
In July 2018, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (‘BEIS’) announced that AQUIND Interconnector was to be treated as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project.
To build the project, AQUIND will apply to the Secretary of State via the Planning Inspectorate (‘PINS’) for a Development Consent Order (‘DCO’) under the Planning Act 2008.
AQUIND anticipates an application for development consent will be submitted in 2019, after it has carried out further technical studies together with pre-application consultation with the local community, affected landowners and other relevant stakeholders.
Once submitted, the Planning Inspectorate will examine AQUIND’s DCO application before the Secretary of State makes a decision on whether authorisation should be given for the project.
More information about the Planning Inspectorate and the Planning Act 2008 is available online at https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk or by calling PINS on 0303 444 5000.
Further information on project timescales for AQUIND Interconnector will be available on this page in due course.