The Development Consent Order (DCO) process

Riverside Energy Park would generate more than 50MW of electricity and therefore is considered a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project.

This means we needed to submit an application for development consent to the Secretary of State. You can find out more information about the planning process and how you can participate on the Planning Inspectorate's website at:

Now that our application has been accepted, the Planning Inspectorate will appoint an independent inspector or panel of inspectors to examine the application. The examination takes place in public over a period of up to six months and involves written submissions and public hearings. Following the end of examination, the inspector(s) will make a recommendation to the relevant Secretary of State who will then decide whether or not development consent should be granted.

DCO Process
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    • Consultation carried out with local communities and other interested parties to help shape proposals
    • Comments are considered and taken into account when developing application
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    • After we submit our application, the Planning Inspectorate has 28 days to review it
    • The Planning Inspectorate decides whether the application should be accepted for examination
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    • The Planning Inspectorate invites interested parties to make relevant representations
    • A preliminary meeting is organised and chaired by the examining local authority
    • This process usually takes around three months
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    • The Planning Inspectorate has up to six months to carry out the examination
    • Further feedback is sought from interested parties
    • The examining authority may hold public hearings about issues relating to the proposal
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    Recommendation and Decision

    • After the six month examination, the Planning Inspectorate has three months to prepare a report for the Secretary of State
    • The report includes a recommendation on whether to grant or refuse development consent
    • The Secretary of State has three months to make a decision