Electricity Interconnectors: Planning Permission

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 18th March 2019.

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Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Labour, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the evidential basis was for the decision to provide the Planning Inspectorate with decision-making powers for the development of the AQUIND interconnector.

Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)

The reasons why my rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State issued a direction under S35 of the Planning Act 2008 in respect of the AQUIND interconnector are set out in the notice of that direction dated 30 July 2018 which is published on The Planning Inspectorate’s website - https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/wp-content/ipc/uploads/projects/EN020022/EN020022-000013-Section%2035%20Direction%20notice%20AQUIND%20Interconnector_30July2018.pdf

The Secretary of State would be the decision-maker on any application for consent for the AQUIND interconnector made in accordance with that direction, following the examination of the application by The Planning Inspectorate.

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