Given that the project would generate more than 50MW of renewable energy, Tillbridge Solar is classified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP). This means that we need to submit a Development Consent Order (DCO) application to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
The Secretary of State will appoint an independent Examining Authority to scrutinise the development consent application in accordance with the relevant legislation (the Planning Act 2008). The Secretary of State will ask the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) to run the examination of the DCO application. Following this period of examination, PINS will make a recommendation to the Secretary of State as to whether to grant development consent.
You can read more information about the DCO planning process on the PINS website here.
We are planning to submit our full application to PINS in Q3 2023. We have been and will continue to work with communities and other stakeholders before this date to develop and refine our project in more detail. This will include a period of ‘statutory’ consultation, where we will formally publish our more developed proposals for you to comment on. This will follow the non-statutory consultation which has taken place and was aimed at engaging with key stakeholders at an early stage.
In advance of our statutory consultation, we will publish a Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC) outlining our commitments to how we are engaging throughout the development of Tillbridge Solar, including how we will consider and respond to feedback. This consultation will include sharing the findings of our environmental surveys and assessments conducted up until that point, in our Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR).
Consultation and engagement
Opportunities for collaboration
- 2022 - Q3-Q4
- Informal engagement and collaboration, and ongoing environmental assessment work.
- 2022 - Q3
- Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Scoping Request submitted to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS).
- 2023 - Q1
- Publication of our Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC) and ongoing development of our EIA.
- 2023 - Q1
- Statutory consultation and initial environmental findings presented.
- 2023 - Q2-Q3
- Ongoing design refinement and environmental assessment work.
- 2023 - Q3
- Submission of DCO application to PINS for public examination.
- 2023 - 2024
- DCO examination and decision.
- Anticipated start of construction.