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White Rose planning examination process gets underway 13/04/2015

The Planning Inspectorate has confirmed that the White Rose development consent order examination process will commence following the Preliminary Meeting which will take place on 22 April 2015 at 10.00am.

Organisations and individuals that submitted relevant representations to the Planning Inspectorate by 12 February 2015 have been invited to attend the Preliminary Meeting that will take place at the Lowther Hotel, Aire Street, Goole DN14 5QW.

A Planning Inspector has been appointed by the Secretary of State as the Examining Authority. The purpose of the Preliminary Meeting is to enable views to be put to the Examining Authority about the way in which the application is to be examined. It is important to appreciate that this meeting deals only with procedure, and not the merits of the application. The merits of the application will only be considered once the examination itself starts after the Preliminary Meeting has closed.

The timetable for the examination will be published on the Planning Inspectorate website shortly after the date of the Preliminary Meeting. An audio recording of the Preliminary Meeting will also be published on the Planning Inspectorate website.

Interested parties that submitted a relevant representation have the right to request an open floor hearing. Any other issue specific hearings are at the discretion of the Examining Authority and will be arranged should the Examining Authority believe that consideration of oral representations would ensure an issue is adequately considered.

The examination will comprise a consideration of written representations about the application and any oral representations made at the hearings, in addition to consideration of the application documents, policy and legal positions, site inspections and any other matters which the Examining Authority considers to be relevant and important.

All relevant and important matters will be taken into account when the Examining Authority makes a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, who will take the final decision about the application which is expected in the first half of 2016.

More information about the White Rose development consent order application and examination process can be viewed on the Planning Inspectorate website