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Development consent granted for gas-fired power station

Words: Laura Edgar
Alok Sharma / Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Energy secretary Alok Sharma has granted a development consent order for EDF Energy’s application for West Burton C Power Station, which will be located 3.5km south of Gainsborough in Nottinghamshire.

The power station will deliver on the wider West Burton Power Station site.

According to the application form, permission was sought for the construction, operation and decommissioning of a gas-fired electricity generating station that has a capacity of more than 50MW – up to 299MW gross output capacity. It will comprise five open cycle gas turbines.

The Planning Inspectorate, acting as the examining authority, recommended that the DCO should be granted.

The inspectorate concluded that given the substantial positive benefits by meeting national need  for additional electricity generation capacity identified in the Overarching  National Policy Statement for Energy (EN-1), the benefits of granting the development outweigh any localised adverse effects. Sharma agreed, noted that as a peaking plant, the power station “would positively contribute towards a secure, flexible energy supply, facilitate the rollout of renewable energy and assist the decarbonisation of the economy”.

Both the examining authority and the secretary of state are satisfied that there “would be no significant” air quality and emissions resulting from the construction and decommissioning works, and that emissions during operation would be controlled by the environmental permitting regime.

For the examining authority, noise and vibration effects are a “neutral consideration” and it would not have significant environmental effects in terms of water quality or flood risk. Sharma agrees.

Sharma’s decision letter and all other documents relating to the development can be found on the Planning Inspectorate website.

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