Power station plans move a step nearer

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Plans for a gas-fired power station in Knottingley – which could create more than 1,000 jobs – have moved a step nearer.

The Planning Inspectorate has announced that the application from Knottingley Power Ltd for the proposed project has been accepted for examination by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

If approved, the project, planned for the former Oxiris chemical works site on Common Lane, would feature a combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant which would create 1,100 jobs during the construction period and 50 jobs once operational in 2018.

Sir Michael Pitt, chief executive of The Planning Inspectorate, said: “After careful consideration, on behalf of the Secretary of State, we have decided that the application submitted by Knottingley Power Limited met the required tests set out in the legislation to be accepted for examination.

“The applicant must now decide when to publicise the fact that its application has been accepted to proceed to examination and announce when members of the public will be able to register as an interested party in the application.”

Power stations that generate more than 50MW of electricity are labelled as National Significant Infrastructure Project and, in order to get planning permission, bosses had to apply to the Planning Inspectorate for a Development Consent Order.

For more information or to leave your views on the plan http://infrastructure.planningportal.gov.uk/projects/yorkshire-and-the-humber/knottingley-power-project or call 0303 444 5000.