Byers Gill Solar

Project Information

Latest update - 9 February 2024

This application was received by the Planning Inspectorate on 9 February 2024.


The applicant has agreed that all application documents can be published as soon as practicable to help everyone become familiar with the detail of what is being proposed in this application. The Planning Inspectorate will therefore make the application documents available as soon as practicable.


This provision is solely for the purpose of allowing more time to all those who wish to become familiar with the detail of what is being proposed ahead of the Registration and Relevant Representation period without lengthening the overall time required for the application process. There will be no opportunity at this stage to make comments on the application. However, if the application is accepted anyone interested in the application will be able to register and express their views during the Registration and Relevant Representation stage and the subsequent examination.

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About the project

Type of application: Generating Stations

Name of applicant: RWE Renewables UK Solar and Storage Limited

The project consists of a proposed solar farm with over 50MW capacity, Solar PV modules and associated mounting structures, inverters, transformers, switch gear and control equipment, a substation, energy storage equipment and underground on and off-site cabling.

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Project stage

This project is at the acceptance stage

The decision whether to accept the application for examination will be made by 08 March 2024.

If the application is accepted, we will publish:

  • the acceptance decision
  • the consultation representations received from the local councils

If the application is not accepted, we will:

  • publish the reasons why it was not accepted
  • remove any documentation that has been published from this project page

There is no opportunity to make comments on the application at this stage.

Pre-application

This is where the applicant starts to create their application. The applicant is required to run a consultation and engage 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
Completed
Acceptance

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
In progress
Pre-examination

The examining authority is appointed and is made up of one or more inspectors. Anyone who wants to have their say will be able 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
Not started
Examination

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
Not started
Recommendation

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.

Making a recommendation
Not started
Decision

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
Not started
What happens after the decision is made

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
Not started

Project location

North of Darlington


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Telephone: 0303 444 5000
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Email

byersgillsolar@planninginspectorate.gov.uk.

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