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RNA CAMBSBED1 Ltd is proposing a Development Consent Order (DCO) to install solar photovoltaic panels and electrical energy storage technology, as well as associated infrastructure which will connect to the national grid, in the district of Huntingdonshire. The proposals will be determined by the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero.

The project falls into the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) process defined through the Planning Act 2008 (as amended), and will be considered under Part 3 Section 14 of the legislation because the generating station is located in England and has a generating capacity of over 50 megawatts (see section 15(2) of the 2008 Act). Responsibility for accepting and examining the NSIP application rests with the Secretary of State and not the local authorities, who are identified as statutory consultees, or ‘host’ authorities, in the NSIP process. There are three ‘host’ authorities (Cambridgeshire County Council, Bedford Borough Council and Huntingdonshire District Council) involved in this NSIP project. All three ‘host’ planning authorities intend to work together as far as possible to ensure full scrutiny of this project is undertaken.

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It is important to note that as the ‘host’ planning authorities are not the determining authorities, any correspondence in relation to this matter needs to be directed to RNA CAMBSBED1 in the first instance and then the Planning Inspectorate.

For further details of the NSIP process for this project, please visit the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) website.

Details of RNA CAMBSBED1 proposals, including any consultation events being held, are available on the East Park Energy website.

Consultation

The project is currently at the pre-application stage. Details of consultation will be updated on this webpage once they become available.

Read more about the project on the Planning Inspectorate’s webpage.