BESS and Amendments to the Planning Act 2008!
The long awaited British Energy Security Strategy policy paper has now been published by UK Gov. Lots included here but significantly for #DCO consenting are proposals for amendments to the #Planning Act 2008 which would allow for the relevant Secretary of State to set shorter examination timescales for offshore wind projects as a #fasttrack consenting route for 'priority cases', and where quality standards are met. Inevitably the devil will be in the detail but the next question surely is what makes a 'priority case' and what 'quality standards' will allow for the trigger of a shorter examination timescale?
Further interesting content in the BESS includes proposals for setting a 'whole network' blueprint by the end of 2022 in the Holistic Network Design (#HND) and Centralised Strategic Network Plan (#CSNP). The HND will identify strategic infrastructure needed to deliver offshore wind by 2030, with amendments to National Policy Statements to reflect this blueprint.