Broad Energy will be submitting planning application for an ERF to PINS Wales in the near future.
The Planning Inspectorate Wales (PINS Wales) is the agency responsible for operating the planning process on behalf of Welsh ministers.[existing text]
The proposed ERF has been designated as a ‘Development of National Significance (DNS) as it will generate more than 10MW power and therefore must be determined by Welsh government rather than the Local Planning Authority.
The Planning Inspectorate Wales (PINS Wales) is the agency responsible for operating the planning process on behalf of Welsh ministers.
As part of any DNS submission there is a statutory requirement for consultation.
The DNS consultation process takes place before the scheme is submitted to enable early engagement of consultees. Feedback from our public consultation programme will help inform the final design. Following the submission PINS may opt to hold a public enquiry.
At the first statutory stage of the process, the developer notifies PINS Wales of a proposed application, which PINS Wales must accept or not accept within 10 working days. Applicants are strongly encouraged to engage with stakeholders before this point, during the pre-notification phase. Early engagement with stakeholders before notification and formal consultation processes begin is considered central to making the DNS process effective.
Once PINS Wales has accepted the notification, the applicant has 12 months to submit the application. During these 12 months, the applicant must undertake formal pre-application processes.
A full Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is being carried out as part of the planning process and will be available for the consultation. It will examine the effects on air, land, water, human health, visual, ecology, traffic, cultural heritage and socio-economic aspects.
We will update this section when a timetable for submission and determination has been agreed.