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Thorpe Marsh Pipeline

Client Thorpe Marsh Power Ltd
Turley office Manchester
Status Ongoing
LPA Multiple

The second natural gas pipeline in the UK to secure permission under the 2008 Planning Act

Our role

  • A 19.1 km buried pipeline subject to the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Planning (NSIP) regime and legislation set out in the Planning Act 2008.
  • Requirements for pre-application consultation for NSIP schemes are more stringent with minimum requirements and timescales set out in law.
  • Provided Strategic Communication services including an initial phase of informal consultation with four host authorities through which the pipe passed, followed by two formal stages of consultation.
  • Over 20,000 publicity leaflets were issued for each phase of formal consultation, alongside newspaper advertising and formal notifications to statutory and non-statutory stakeholders.
  • A series of public exhibitions were also held, as well as a clearly designed project website and media relations.

Results

  • The application was accepted by the Planning Inspectorate and examination was conducted in accordance with the set timetable.
  • The engagement strategy was a success, with only the affected local authorities and two other parties attending the examination hearings.
  • The Development Consent Order was approved in March 2016.

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