Scoping opinion request submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for AQUIND Interconnector
The AQUIND project team has been engaging closely with a wide range of stakeholders – including local authority officers, regulators, elected officials, advisory bodies, community groups, landowners and suppliers – to progress proposals for AQUIND Interconnector.
Recently, AQUIND has submitted a request to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) for an opinion as to the scope, and level of detail, of the information to be provided in the Environmental Statement submitted in support of the application for Development Consent for the proposed development.
Further information on AQUIND’s Scoping Opinion request is available on the Planning Inspectorate’s website at: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/wp-content/ipc/uploads/projects/EN020022/EN020022-000063-AQUI%20-%20Scoping%20Report.pdf
AQUIND anticipates undertaking formal consultation with the local community in early 2019, at which time the local community will have the opportunity to view and comment on the proposed development before the application for Development Consent is finalised for submission to PINS.
During the formal consultation, AQUIND will present its preferred approach, including information regarding the onshore and marine elements, including the landing point location, underground cable route, converter station location and design.
AQUIND’s formal consultation will include the provision of Preliminary Environmental Information, which will incorporate the initial findings of surveys and assessments to enable consultees to develop an informed view of the proposed development.
Key project milestones for AQUIND Interconnector:
- January 2018 – AQUIND undertakes informal consultation with the local community in Portsmouth, Havant, East Hampshire and Winchester regarding its emerging proposals for AQUIND Interconnector.
- March 2018 – AQUIND Interconnector is awarded Project of Common Interest status by the European Commission. PCIs are key European energy infrastructure projects that address the three challenges of the European energy policy: affordability, security of supply and decarbonisation.
- Spring/Summer 2018 – Ongoing technical studies, assessment and surveys are undertaken to inform and refine emerging proposals for AQUIND Interconnector.
- July 2018 – The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy announces that AQUIND Interconnector is to be treated as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project meaning that to build the project, AQUIND will apply to the Secretary of State via the Planning Inspectorate for a Development Consent Order (DCO) under the Planning Act 2008.
- October 2018 – AQUIND submits scoping request to the Planning Inspectorate to refine the scope of the proposed development’s Environmental Statement.
- Early 2019 – Formal consultation on AQUIND’s proposed development to take place.
- Summer 2019 – Anticipated submission of an application for Development Consent to PINS.
- Late 2020 – Anticipated decision on AQUIND’s application for Development Consent.