As the IAMP is considered by the Government to be ‘nationally significant’, it requires an application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to be made to the Planning Inspectorate.  This is different from other planning applications and a final decision is made by the Secretary of State, rather than the local planning authority.


What is the Development Consent Order (DCO) process?


Before an application can be submitted, we have to undertake a number of different steps.  These are outlined below, along with estimated dates.


  • Stage 1 Community Consultation (Late 2016)

We are currently consulting and listening to your views as part of our pre-application community consultation.  This is being carried out in accordance with section 47 of the Planning Act 2008


  • Application preparation (Ongoing)

We are in the process of preparing the DCO application, which will involve more detailed design work and extensive environmental assessments.  Our preparation will be informed by your views


  • Stage 2 Consultation (Early 2017)

We will consult the local community as well as other stakeholders again, currently expected to be in early 2017


  • Submission of the DCO (Spring 2017)

We plan to submit the application to the Planning Inspectorate


  • Examination (Late 2017)

The application will be examined over a 6 month period by an Examining Authority (appointed by the Planning Inspectorate)


  • Decision (Mid 2018)

Following the close of the Examination, the Examining Authority has 3 months to make a recommendation to the Secretary of State who will then have a further 3 months to make a final decision on whether to grant or refuse consent for the development


You can read more about the consenting process for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects by visiting the National Infrastructure Planning website, and more about the IAMP application by clicking here.