Editor's pick: Gas pipeline held justified by supply security case

A development consent order has been granted under the Planning Act 2008 for a 27-kilometre buried gas pipeline serving the Willington C power station site in Derbyshire, with the secretary of state finding that it would maintain security of supply.

The pipeline was intended to transport natural gas to the power station, which received consent in 2011. Willington C will have a capacity of around 2000MW of combined cycle gas turbine generating units and 400MW of open gas turbine generating units.

The secretary of state saw a compelling case for authorising the application, given in particular that the consented power station would accord with national policy in terms of maintaining security of supply and the transition to a low-carbon economy. He was satisfied that the proposal would not result in any unacceptable impacts on wildlife sites and protected species.

In relation to concerns over an increase of flooding in the Derby area, the secretary of state found that the efficiency of drainage across the pipeline route would be maintained. The Health and Safety Executive had not raised any health and safety issues, he noted. He also found that compulsory acquisition powers for land along the route would be proportionate and justified in the public interest.

Examiner: Stephen Roscoe; Hearings

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