The first application to the Infrastructure Planning Commission has been accepted - from Covanta Rookery South -for an energy from waste and materials recovery facility.
The 65 MW output plant, to be located at Rookery South in Bedfordshire, was accepted a week ahead of the statutory deadline of 2 September.
IPC chair Sir Michael Pitt said: “The bar has been set high, and developers must demonstrate that they have invested the time and effort required at pre-application stage to submit an application which measures up.”
The application will now progress to an examination by IPC commissioners – a process which includes more public input and hearings - and a decision on development consent will be made in under 12 months.
Sir Michael added: “Of course, this does not mean that consent will be given for the project to go ahead - acceptance of the application simply means that the commissioner can begin to make arrangements for the formal examination of the application.
“Shortly, the public will be invited to register to have their say to us on the proposal. We look forward to hearing the views of all who have an interest, whether they object to or support the project. Everyone who registers to have their say can be sure that their views will be heard and considered by the independent IPC Commissioner(s) who will be appointed to examine the case”.
The other project waiting for acceptance is from Western Power Distribution for a 132,000 volt overhead electricity line to connect Maesgwyn wind farm in Banwen, Neath, to the grid
The IPC is expecting to receive applications from up to 50 projects in the coming months including 11 offshore wind farms, seven onshore wind farms and four nuclear power stations.