Davey gives go-ahead to buried gas pipeline

Energy secretary Ed Davey has approved an application for the construction and operation of a buried 27km pipeline to provide natural gas for a new power station at Willington, Derbyshire.

Davey: has approved gas pipeline NSIP
Davey: has approved gas pipeline NSIP

In a decision note issued today - a fortnight ahead of the statutory deadline for deciding the application - Davey agreed with the recommendation of a panel of inspectors, which concluded that the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) be granted development consent.

The project, which proposed a pipeline starting at a location south of Yoxall in Sattfordshire and ending at the Willington C Power Station site in Derbyshire, is the 31st to be decided under the fast-track Planning Act 2008 regime.

In his decision note, the secretary of state said that there is a "compelling case" for approving the application, "given in particular that the consented Willington C Power Station, which requires a gas supply, would accord with national policy in terms of maintaining security of supply and the necessary transition to a low carbon economy".

The note added: "The secretary of state agrees … that there are no adverse impacts which outweigh the need for the project to be delivered and the other benefits of the scheme."

Planning Inspectorate (PINS) chief executive Simon Ridley said: "The certainty of knowing when a decision will be made following full consideration of public views provides developers and investors with the confidence needed to plan the infrastructure improvements this country needs to secure its energy and future economic growth.
"The examination of the Willington C gas pipeline demonstrates the diversity of applications PINS handles. More than 30 nationally significant projects have been decided. There are a further 24 at different stages in the process and another 50 awaiting submission." 

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