Acceptance of application for Development Consent Order for examination

Aegean’s application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) for an extension in the area and life of the East Northants Resource Management Facility (ENRMF) was submitted on 8 September 2021 and was accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) on behalf of the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities on 24 September 2021.

Augean is required under Section 56 of the Planning Act 2008  to publicise that the application has been accepted for examination and how you can participate in the next steps of the process by registering as an Interested Party. The formal notice has been published in the Stamford Mercury, The Times and the London Gazette.  A copy of the notice can be found here.

The Augean consultation website includes an updated version of the online exhibition which gives an easily accessible overview of the proposed development as well as access to the application documents and other information:  www.augeanconsultation.co.uk

The proposed development

To remind you about the project, the proposed development at the ENRMF comprises the construction of new landfill void to the west of the currently consented hazardous waste and low level radioactive waste landfill area (the western extension) and the alteration of the restoration profile and the timescale for completion of the existing landfill site in order to integrate the final landscape of the existing site with the proposed western extension. The application includes an increase in  the consented throughput of waste to the waste treatment and recovery facility and an increase in the total input rate to the site. In order to construct the proposed void for the western extension it will be necessary to win and work minerals including the extraction of soils, overburden and clay. The soils and some clay will be retained on site for use in site restoration and the construction of the low permeability engineered liner and capping layers. The remaining materials will be exported off site for use elsewhere. The application includes the alteration of the operational period of the current site activities and the western extension  to 2046.

As you may recall the proposals at ENRMF are classified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project under the Planning Act 2008 (as amended) and consent must be granted by the Secretary of State (Sops) in the form of a DCO. PINS is an impartial public body whose role is to consider all important and relevant matters and advise the Secretary of State whether consent should be granted for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects.

Application documents

You can view the application documents here:

The full suite of application documents is also available on the East Northants Resource Management Facility Western Extension project page on the PINS website via the link here

The application documents include a Consultation Report which summarises the consultation that has been undertaken prior to the submission of the application together with a description of where the points raised during the consultation are addressed in the application ( Appendix CRR).

Registering as an Interested Party

The period for making representations starts on Friday 15 October 2021 and will end at 11.59pm on Thursday 9 December 2021.

Registering as an Interested Party means that you have the right to make representations about the application for a DCO that is being examined. You will be kept informed by PINS about the progress of the examination and you will be notified about the decision of the Sops.  Interested Parties can participate in the Preliminary Meeting and any hearings that take place during the examination.  You will be able to submit further written evidence to the Examining Inspector (known as the Examining Authority) as part of the process.

The Planning Inspectorate has issued detailed advice on registering as an interested party and making a relevant representation. The Registration and Relevant Representation form will be available from PINS once the registration/representation period has opened on 15 October 2021 on the relevant page for the Application via the National Infrastructure Planning website here.

If you are unable to complete a registration form online and would like to register your interest, please call the Planning Inspectorate’s helpline: 0303 444 5000, quoting the name of the Application and the Planning Inspectorate’s reference number WS010005.

Alternatively, you can request a hard copy of the registration form by telephoning the Planning Inspectorate on 0303 444 5000 quoting the name of the Application and the Planning Inspectorate’s reference number WS010005. Completed forms should then be sent to the Planning Inspectorate by email or post.

Email: ENRMFextension@planninginspectorate.gov.uk

Post: The Planning Inspectorate, National Infrastructure, 3K, Temple Quay House, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any difficulties accessing the documents or if you have any further questions.