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Our Development Consent Order application

We carried out several stages of consultation on Net Zero Teesside (NZT) between Autumn 2019, when we introduced NZT to the local community, to January 2021, when we provided an update on changes made to the Project. After each stage we reviewed the comments received from the local community and other stakeholders and undertook further work.

In Summer 2021 we submitted a Development Consent Order (‘DCO’) application for the onshore elements of NZT to the Planning Inspectorate (‘PINS’), a government agency, that administers the application process on behalf of the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, who will make the final decision on the application. On 16 August 2021 PINS formally accepted the application for examination.

The application documents can be viewed on the PINS website: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/north-east/the-net-zero-teesside-project/

The DCO process

NZT is a ‘Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project’ under Section 35 of The Planning Act 2008. Before the onshore elements of NZT can be built, we need to apply for and obtain development consent from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy under Section 37 of The Planning Act 2008. Development consent is granted in the form of a Development Consent Order (a DCO).

The offshore elements of NZT will be subject to separate consent applications, which are in the early stages of preparation.

Consultation is a key part of the DCO process and it is a statutory requirement of The Planning Act 2008 to consult people living within the vicinity of the development being proposed and to take their views into account in preparing the application for development consent. Our DCO application includes a Consultation Report that details what was done to consult the local community (and other stakeholders and interested parties) and how people’s views were taken into account.

We are currently at the pre-examination stage of the DCO process, following the decision by PINS on 16 August 2021 to accept our DCO application for examination. All of the DCO application documents are available to download below.  Should you wish to make any representations about our DCO application and register as an interested party for the examination you should use the PINS Registration and Relevant Representation Form, which is available to complete on the NZT Project Page of the PINS website: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/north-east/the-net-zero-teesside-project/?ipcsection=relreps  A paper copy of the Registration and Relevant Representation Form can also be obtained from PINS and returned by post.

Registration and Relevant Representation Forms must be received by PINS no later than 23.59PM on 17 December 2021.

Representations will be made public and will be subject to the PINS Privacy Notice: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/planning-inspectorate-privacy-notices/customer-privacy-notice

For enquiries in relation to the DCO application documents please email: consultation@netzeroteesside.co.uk

Later this year PINS will appoint an independent inspector or panel of inspectors, also known as the Examining Authority, who will examine the NZT application on behalf of the Secretary of State. We anticipate that the examination will start in Quarter 1 2022. The examination must be completed within a period of six months and within three months of the end of the examination, the Examining Authority will need to produce and submit a recommendation report to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State will then have three months to decide whether to grant the DCO for NZT. We currently anticipate receiving a decision from the Secretary of State in Quarter 1 2023.

Further details on the DCO process can be found at the PINS website: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/application-process/the-process/.

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DCO application documents and resources

Please click on the following link to view the documents and resources that formed our DCO application, including application overview and guides, drawings and plans, and environmental statements.

DCO application documents and resources

Consultation document library

Stage 1 Consultation documents

The Stage 1 Consultation materials are available below.

December 2020 Section 42 Update Consultation documents

Click below to view and download the December 2020 Section 42 Update Consultation documents.

January 2021 Community Update Newsletter

Click below to view and download the January 2021 Community Update Newsletter.

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