The Planning Process
Due to the amount of renewable energy (in excess of 50MW) that could be generated by Steeple Renewables Project, we anticipate that it will be considered as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) and will require a Development Consent Order (DCO) application to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS), who will be the Examining Authority on behalf of the Secretary of State.
The final decision on whether the project is consented would then be made by the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero.
For a DCO application to be accepted by PINS we must satisfy them that we have undertaken robust consultation for the project with statutory consultees (such as Bassetlaw District Council) and with local communities.
RES is committed to meaningful engagement and ongoing dialogue with the local community.
To achieve this, we want to ensure that there is ample opportunity for local input and held six weeks of early informal consultation from Monday 23 October until Monday 4 December 2023.
The feedback from this period will be used alongside our ongoing environmental and technical work, to refine the proposals. We will then present detailed proposals for formal statutory consultation in 2024.
To find out more about the DCO process please visit the PINS website: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/application-process/the-process/