Power Station Plans Given Green Light

The Department for Energy and Climate Change has given consent for the development of the Knottingley Power Project, providing 1000 construction jobs and 50 permanent jobs on completion

The former Oxiris Chemical works in Knottingley  is the location of the Knottingley Power Project which could see up to two million homes have their electricity provided by the new plant.  Construction is due to start in 2017 with the plant operational by 2020.  The go-ahead for the project follows a six month examination during which the public, statutory consultees and interested parties were provided the opportunity to give evidence to the Examining Authority,

The Planning Inspectorate's Chief Executive, Simon Ridley, said:

"This is the 36th application for a nationally significant infrastructure project to be examined by The Planning Inspectorate. The examination, recommendation and decision have been within the statutory timescales laid down in the Planning Act 2008."

"Local people, the local authority and other interested parties were able to participate in the 6 month long examination. This, together with the certainty of knowing when a decision will be made, provides confidence in the planning process and aide the infrastructure improvements this country needs to secure its energy and future economic growth."