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Examination of the application for a Development Consent Order closes

Aug 24, 2016
The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has today (24 August) closed its examination of NLWA’s application for a development consent order (DCO) to build a new energy recovery facility, and associated development.
24 August 2016

The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has today (24 August) closed its examination of NLWA’s application for a development consent order (DCO) to build a new energy recovery facility, and associated development.

The application for a development consent order (DCO) to build a new energy recovery facility, and associated development, was accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) on 11 November 2015. The Secretary of State then appointed an Examining Authority who was responsible for examining the application on their behalf. The examination began in February 2016 and took six months to complete.

The examination included:

• visits to the proposed site by the Examining Authority;
• issue specific hearings, during which the Examining Authority asked NLWA and other interested parties questions about the application;
• open hearings, during which anyone who registered a relevant representation was invited to attend and make a verbal representation to the Examining Authority; and
• extensive written communication between NLWA and the Examining Authority, which enabled the Examining Authority to request further information and documentation in support of the application.

The Examining Authority now has three months to report on the application and make a recommendation to the Secretary of State, who has a further three months to make a decision on the DCO. PINS has a dedicated webpage for the project where you can view a timetable and all documents associated with the DCO application.

If the DCO is granted, construction preparation work could start in 2019. You can view the proposed construction programme here. A number of community newsletters have been issued to residents within an approximate distance of 1.5km of the Edmonton EcoPark. Further community newsletters will be issued as and when updates are available.

The North London Heat and Power Project is North London Waste Authority’s (NLWA) proposal to build an energy recovery facility to replace the existing plant at the EcoPark in Edmonton by 2025. The replacement facility would take waste that we cannot recycle from north London households and local businesses and turn it into energy – both heat and power.