ENRMF PLANNING APPLICATION

An Update on the Forthcoming Application at ENRMF

As you know Augean are intending to submit an application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) for an extension in the area and life of the East Northants Resource Management Facility (ENRMF).

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 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.

Submission and Public Consultation

It had been intended to submit the application at the end of April, however due to the extension of the period for the public consultation the submission is now scheduled for July.

The formal consultation ended on 15 February 2021.  We have taken account of the consultation responses that have been received and where possible are making alterations to the scheme.  We will respond to all the consultation responses individually in the coming weeks.

The application for the proposed development requires that it is supported by a suite of Environmental Impact Assessments which are currently being finalised following the consultation and will form the Environmental Statement part of the application.

If you wish to see the Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR), which was the subject of the consultation it is still available here until the final Environmental Statement has been prepared which will be made available on acceptance of the DCO application by PINS. The PEIR 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.

The boundary of the area the subject of the Development Consent Order has been amended slightly in June 2021 compared with that included in the PEIR.  The changes are to include existing surface water drainage features comprising the ditch along the eastern boundary of the northern part of the western extension area and the swallow hole drainage feature near the north western corner of the existing site.

A non- technical summary is available here.

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.

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.

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.

Workshop

We are intending to hold a workshop that will focus on the ecological and restoration aspects of the application and how the plans have evolved following the consultation.  If you are interested in participating in the workshop, please email ENRMF@augeanconsultation.co.uk or telephone us on 01904 654989 and we will organise the opportunity dependent on the level of interest we receive.

Once the application is submitted there will be further formal opportunities to comment on the application.  Nevertheless, Augean is pleased to receive questions about the proposal and our operations at any time.  Please do not hesitate to contact us.

Open Day

We hope to be able to hold an Open Day at the ENRMF this summer, however, as you would expect that is dependent on confirmation of the dates for the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown in the coming weeks.  The intended date for your diary is Saturday 26 June 2021.  This will be promoted more widely via the Newsletter or leaflets once we can confirm the position.

Open Door Policy

Once lockdown restrictions are lifted, we will be able to resume our Open Door Policy so that you can visit the site by appointment with Simon Moyle the Site Manager.  We will let you know when this opportunity is available again.

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

An Update on the Forthcoming Application at ENRMF

As you know Augean are intending to submit an application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) for an extension in the area and life of the East Northants Resource Management Facility (ENRMF).

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 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.

Submission and Public Consultation

It had been intended to submit the application at the end of April, however due to the extension of the period for the public consultation the submission is now scheduled for July.

The formal consultation ended on 15 February 2021.  We have taken account of the consultation responses that have been received and where possible are making alterations to the scheme.  We will respond to all the consultation responses individually in the coming weeks.

The application for the proposed development requires that it is supported by a suite of Environmental Impact Assessments which are currently being finalised following the consultation and will form the Environmental Statement part of the application.

If you wish to see the Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR), which was the subject of the consultation it is still available here until the final Environmental Statement has been prepared which will be made available on acceptance of the DCO application by PINS. The PEIR 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.

A non- technical summary is available here.

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.

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.

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.

Workshop

We are intending to hold a workshop that will focus on the ecological and restoration aspects of the application and how the plans have evolved following the consultation.  If you are interested in participating in the workshop, please email ENRMF@augeanconsultation.co.uk or telephone us on 01904 654989 and we will organise the opportunity dependent on the level of interest we receive.

Once the application is submitted there will be further formal opportunities to comment on the application.  Nevertheless, Augean is pleased to receive questions about the proposal and our operations at any time.  Please do not hesitate to contact us.

Open Day

We hope to be able to hold an Open Day at the ENRMF this summer, however, as you would expect that is dependent on confirmation of the dates for the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown in the coming weeks.  The intended date for your diary is Saturday 26 June 2021.  This will be promoted more widely via the Newsletter or leaflets once we can confirm the position.

Open Door Policy

Once lockdown restrictions are lifted, we will be able to resume our Open Door Policy so that you can visit the site by appointment with Simon Moyle the Site Manager.  We will let you know when this opportunity is available again.

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

The boundary of the area the subject of the Development Consent Order has been amended slightly in June 2021 compared with that included in the PEIR.  The changes are to include existing surface water drainage features comprising the ditch along the eastern boundary of the northern part of the western extension area and the swallow hole drainage feature near the north western corner of the existing site.