West Burton Solar Project

Project information

Latest update - 13 May 2024

The Examination has closed.

The Examining Authority's Notification of the completion of the Examination (PDF, 138KB) has been published.

The submissions for Deadline 7 and the Examination Library (PDF, 1,047 KB) have been published.

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About the project

Type of application: Generating Stations

Name of applicant: West Burton Solar Project Limited

NSIP development comprising four electricity generating stations, each with anticipated capacity in excess of 50MW, comprising of ground mounted solar arrays, with associated development comprising energy storage, grid connection infrastructure and other infrastructure integral to the construction, operation, and maintenance of the NSIPs

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Project stage

This project is at the recommendation stage.

The date set for this to be completed is 8 August 2024

Pre-application
completed

This is where the applicant starts to create their application. The applicant is required to consult with people and organisations in the area. They must also create detailed documents about the impact the project could have on the environment.

It is important to get involved at this stage to influence the application before the applicant sends it to the Planning Inspectorate.

Find out what you can do at this stage and check our detailed guides.

Acceptance
completed

This is when the applicant sends us their application documents. We check if we can accept the application for examination. We have 28 days to make this decision.

How the acceptance stage works and what happens next.

Pre-examination
completed

The Examining Authority is appointed and is made up of one or more inspectors. Anyone who wants to have their say needs to register at this stage.

The applicant must publish that the application has been accepted by us. They include when and how parties can register to get involved. The time period for registering is set by the applicant but must be no less than 28 days.

The pre-examination stage usually takes about 3 months.

What happens during the pre-examination stage.

Examination
completed

The Examining Authority will ask questions about the proposed development. The applicant and anyone who has registered to have their say can get involved and submit comments at each deadline in the timetable. You can also attend hearings that may take place. This stage takes up to 6 months.

What happens at the examination stage?

Recommendation
completed

The Examining Authority writes its recommendation report. This must be completed and sent to the relevant Secretary of State within 3 months of the end of examination stage.

Making a recommendation.

Decision
not started

The decision stage is when the relevant Secretary of State then reviews the report and makes the final decision. They have 3 months to make a decision.

Who makes the final decision.

What happens after the decision is made
not started

Once the Secretary of State has made a decision, there is a 6 week period where people can challenge the decision in the high court. This is called a judicial review.

What you can do after the decision has been made.

Project location

West Burton 1-3 land parcels located to the south of Sturton by Stow and south east of Marton.


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Telephone

If you have an interested party number, have it with you when you call.

Telephone: 0303 444 5000
Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm (except bank holidays)

Email

WestBurtonSolarProject@planninginspectorate.gov.uk.

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