Augean is currently preparing an application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) for an extension in the area and life of the East Northants Resource Management Facility (ENRMF).

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The proposals at ENRMF are classified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) under the Planning Act 2008 and consent must be granted by the Secretary of State in the form of a DCO.

Augean therefore will submit the DCO application to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) rather than to Northamptonshire County Council or the emerging North Northamptonshire Council.  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.

Augean is now progressing with the formal pre-application statutory consultation for the project as required by Section 42 and Section 47 of the Planning Act 2008.

The application for the proposed development requires that it is supported by a suite of Environmental Impact Assessments therefore for the purposes of this pre-application consultation a Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR)  has been prepared which sets out the details of the current site and the surrounding environment, describes the proposed development and includes the technical studies that have been undertaken to date to assess the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed development.  The PEIR appendices can be accessed here and the PEIR figures here.

Any requests for materials in formats appropriate to the needs of people with accessibility issues, disabilities or in other languages will be considered; please telephone our helpline 01904 654989.

Get in touch

We welcome your responses to our proposals and these can be submitted by:



By post:
ENRMF Project Office, 52 The Tannery Lawrence Street, York. YO10 3WH


01904 654989H

All responses should be received by the end of 15 February 2021.

Other documentation to view:

Non-Technical Summary This is a summary of the proposals and the technical studies undertaken.
Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC) Sets out how Augean intends to consult with the local community about the proposals.
Public Information Leaflet This is being sent to homes and businesses in the area
Section 48 Notice

Augean has been consulting about its proposals to extend the operational area of the East Northants Resource Management Facility (ENRMF) since the end of October. The company fully recognises the importance of giving the local community the opportunity to help inform the proposed development before the application for a DCO is finalised and submitted to the Planning Inspectorate and has allowed a ten week consultation period so far; the company is now extending the consultation period further to mid-February.

Augean has explained to members of the local community that have made enquiries regarding the end of the formal consultation on 8 January 2021 that it is happy to consider any submissions that are made after this date and indeed throughout the entire DCO application process. However, it has been suggested to us that it would be helpful for Augean to formalise this arrangement which it is happy to do.  The consultation is therefore extended once more with a deadline of responses of Monday 15 February 2021.

 The DCO application process allows for several stages of consultation with the local community and that the current formal consultation period is only the first stage of the wider consultation process.  There will be several other opportunities to provide comment both to Augean and directly to the Secretary of State through the Planning Inspectorate in the coming months once the application has been submitted.

As soon as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted sufficiently and Augean is safely able to, it will be able to recommence our programme of Open Days that are annually as well as offering visits to the site by arrangement as part of the Open Door policy to provide additional opportunities for the local community to discuss the application and make further comments.  These will be publicised nearer the time.

An analysis of the responses we receive will be included in a Consultation Report that will accompany the application for the DCO.  We will report back to the local community to let you know how we have responded to the comments we have received during the consultation process when we submit the application.

Augean anticipates that the application will be submitted in Spring 2021.

Once the application is submitted, PINS will first decide, on behalf of the Secretary of State, whether to accept the application. If accepted, PINS will appoint an independent examiner or panel of examiners (referred to as the Examining Authority) who carry out a six-month examination with hearings and consider any representations made by interested parties. Following the examination, the Examining Authority will make a recommendation to the Secretary of State who will then decide whether a DCO should be made.

Further information regarding the DCO application process can be found on the National Infrastructure Planning website or by telephone on 0303 444 5000.

The Planning Inspectorate have a dedicated project page available on their website for ENRMF which will be updated throughout the project.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any difficulties accessing the documents or if you have any queries on the Telephone Helpline 01904 654989.