An SCC is a Statement of Community Consultation. It is a requirement prior to applying for an NSIP
The Planning Act 2008 explains how applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs) relating to energy, transport, water, waste, waste water and certain business and commercial developments will be examined. It includes opportunities for people to have their say before a decision is made by the relevant Secretary of State (SoS).
Given the recent letter posted by Hydrodec that states they are now seeking to engage in the NSIP route, I have requested that the Planning Dept send me all details they hold regarding this proposed site.
There are now some fundamental questions that need to be asked, and answered, regarding how and why Hydrodec have now decided to take this option.
Surely any oil company wishing to invest in a scheme of this level would know which way to proceed from day one. It would appear that after several posted letters and the result of three unfavorable public consultations. (one cancelled at the last minute.) they have had a rethink.
By applying for an NSIP, Hydrodec are effectively taking the decision away from the Local Authority, who can only act as an interested party.
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(Section four to seven make interesting reading.)