Man Standing over Teesside

Consulting you on a cleaner future for our region

We carried out our initial Stage 1 Consultation on the Net Zero Teesside Project (NZT) in Autumn 2019, when we introduced NZT to the local community. Following the Stage 1 Consultation, we undertook further technical and environmental work on NZT. From the end of June 2020, we carried out our Stage 2 Consultation on NZT, which provided information on our more developed proposals and ran up to mid-September 2020.

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DCO application process

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

Consultation is a key part of the DCO application process and it is a statutory requirement of the PA 2008 (Section 47) to consult people living within the vicinity of the development being proposed and to take their views into account (Section 49) in preparing the application for development consent.  The application must be accompanied by a consultation report detailing what has been done to consult the local community (and other stakeholders and interested persons) and how people’s views have been taken into account. The DCO application process and our expected timescales for our application are summarised below.

  • We are currently at the pre-application stage. We carried out our initial (Stage 1) consultation on the Net Zero Teesside Project (NZT) in Autumn 2019. From the end of June 2020, we carried out our Stage 2 Consultation. This provided information on our more developed proposals and ran up to mid-September 2020.
  • Now our Stage 2 Consultation is complete, we will continue developing our technical and environmental work on NZT. This will include preparing a consultation report detailing what has been done to consult the local community (and other stakeholders and interested persons) and how people’s views have been taken into account.
  • Following completion of The Environmental Statement, we will submit the application for development consent to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS), a Government agency that administers the application process on behalf of the SoS. We anticipate submitting the application in Q1 2021. On receiving the application, PINS has 28 days to decide whether to accept it for examination. If the application is accepted by PINS, we must publicise that decision and provide details of how people can register to be involved in the application process and a date by which they must do this.
  • PINS will then appoint an independent inspector or panel of inspectors, also known as the Examining Authority (‘ExA’), who will examine the application on behalf of the SoS. The examination must be completed within a period of six months. Within three months of the end of the examination, the ExA must produce and submit a recommendation report to the SoS. The SoS then has three months to decide whether to grant a DCO.
  • If our application is submitted in Q1 2021, we would expect to receive a decision from the SoS in Summer 2022.

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

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What were the aims of our Stage 2 Consultation?

 

We recognise that the involvement of the local community, local authorities, statutory consultees and other stakeholders provides benefits for all parties. The key aims of our consultation were to:

  • help the local community and other stakeholders understand all the elements of NZT, and the role of CCUS in decarbonising the economy and tackling greenhouse gas emissions;
  • provide appropriate information so that people can learn about the potential economic, social and environmental effects of the Project on Teesside;
  • provide opportunities for people to give feedback on the Project and shape the proposals and maximise local benefits;
  • identify ways in which NZT could support wider strategic or local objectives; and
  • show how feedback has been taken into account in finalising the proposals and the application for development consent.

Information on how we consulted people on NZT is set out in our Consultation Strategy (available here) and Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC), which can be found here.

What did we consult on?

Following our Stage 1 Consultation held in Autumn 2019, we undertook further technical and environmental work on NZT. Our Stage 2 Consultation provided further information on our more developed proposals, including:

  • the decisions made about the locations, route corridors, design and layout of the onshore elements on NZT and how the route corridors are being narrowed as we move towards submission of the application for development consent;
  • the potential effects of the construction and operation of the Project, including the duration of the construction programme;
  • the findings of the environmental work done to date – presented in a Preliminary Environmental Information Report with Non-Technical Summary; and
  • the proposals for avoiding, minimising and/or mitigating any likely environmental effects of the Project.
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Next steps

Our Stage 2 Consultation closed on Friday 18th September. Thank you to all who contributed their valuable insights.

We intend to carry out effective and meaningful pre-application consultation as part of our strategy of preparing a robust DCO application, taking account of the issues raised during consultation.

We will consider the comments received during consultation and document how we have taken account of people’s views within the consultation report that will form part of our application for development consent. The consultation report will be made available on this website once the application has been submitted.  We are planning to submit our application in Q1 2021.

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You can leave any comments you have now on NZT by filling in the contact form below. You can also sign up to receive email updates on the Project by ticking the box.