Consultation 

In 2013, the project received approval under the UK’s Development Consent Order procedures for the delivery of nationally important infrastructure. The planning approvals process involved a comprehensive and wide-ranging requirement to consult local people and businesses, councils, environmental groups and statutory bodies about the proposal, providing just as much opportunity (if not more) than with a normal planning application. 

For more information and read the Consultation Report visit; http://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/wp-content/ipc/uploads/projects/EN010011/2. Post-Submission/Application Documents/Reports/Consultation Report.PDF