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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 of PINS on 16 August 2021 to accept the DCO application for examination. During October 2021 we will notify people that the application has been accepted for examination and provide details of how people can register to be involved in the examination process and a deadline date by which they must do this.

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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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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