The application to build a massive, industrialised solar power station on our beautiful coastal countryside has been submitted to the government’s national Planning Inspectorate on 16th November 2018. But it’s not a done deal – this still has to go through a very detailed national planning examination.
The key stage is ‘Pre-examination’. This is the stage where you can register to become an ‘Interested Party’. This is your only chance to have a voice in the official ‘Examination’ stage that comes later in 2019.
Registration will only be open for 28 days.
The Planning Inspectorate has published detailed advice [PDF]. It’s worth having a quick look at this as soon as you can so that you’re fully prepared to fill in the application.
The registration period could open a few days after ‘acceptance’ but sometimes there’s a two to three week gap. Be aware that it might be open over the Christmas break.
Please make sure you’ve signed up to the Planning Inspectorate’s project site to get the formal notification.
If you want a sneak preview of what the form will look like you can find examples on the Planning Inspectorate’s website. Because they’re only available for a 28 day period, we’ve captured a screenshot of one here: