Byers Gill Solar

Project information

Latest update - 12 July 2024

The submissions received for Procedural Deadline A have been published.

The Applicant’s new and updated information accepted at the discretion of the Examining Authority have also been published.

The Examination Library (PDF, 500KB) has been updated.

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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.

View the developer's website

Project stage

This project is at the pre-examination stage.

The preliminary meeting for this project is on: 23 July 2024

You can check the rule 6 letter to find out how to get involved.

In this meeting, the Examining Authority sets out how they examine the application. This includes the examination timetable and the issues they will focus on during examination.

Find out more about getting involved in the preliminary meeting

You may have recently gained an interest in land affected by a development. If the developer did not tell you the application was accepted or you did not register to have your say you can still request to be an interested party.

You need to contact the project team, they will ask the Examining Authority if you can be an interested party and have your say.

Email with your request to become an interested party.


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.


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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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
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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

North of Darlington

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Telephone: 0303 444 5000
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