The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) has accepted its first project for examination, an application from Covanta Rookery South for a 65 MW energy from waste and materials recovery facility in Bedfordshire.
The IPC was set up by Labour to decide on planning applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects, including railways, airports and, and energy schemes. However, the Coalition Government has indicated it is likely to scrap the Commission.
The Covanta Rookery South application was submitted for consideration to the IPC on 5 August and the decision made a week ahead of the statutory deadline of 2 September. (The IPC has 28 days from the day after the date of receipt of an application to decide whether or not to accept it to proceed to examination).
Sir Michael Pitt, chair of the IPC, said: “We have considered very carefully the application submitted by Covanta and decided that it meets the required tests set out in the legislation to be accepted for IPC examination.
“This does not mean that consent will be given for the project to go ahead – acceptance of the application simply means that the Commissioner(s) can begin to make arrangements for the formal examination of the application.
“Shortly, the public will be invited to register to have their say to us on the proposal.”
The IPC said its programme of projects, which is published in full on its website, has now grown to 50, and includes:
- 11 offshore wind farms
- 7 onshore wind farms
- 6 electricity lines
- 5 road projects
- 4 nuclear power stations
- 4 biomass power stations
- 4 railway / rail freight interchanges
- 3 gas fired power stations
- 2 waste combustion plants
- 1 tidal power generation facility
- 1 gas storage facility
- 1 gas pipeline
- 1 waste water facility