3.1. Pre-Application Discussion
3.1.1 Early engagement with ECU is encouraged to manage resources and casework and it is requested that applicants complete a Pre-application Form which is available at the following link: Pre-application – Notification of New Project Form. The service provided by ECU at this initial stage very much depends on the scope and scale of the project, and this can be discussed with the applicant following receipt of the Pre-application Form.
3.1.2 Following receipt of the form, ECU will contact the applicant within 21 days to discuss pre-application requirements – this would usually involve arranging a short introductory meeting to discuss the proposed development and the anticipated programme.
3.1.3 At pre-application discussions, it is useful for ECU to meet with the applicant and project team, and for the applicant to set out information on: the proposed development; site location and local context; planning policy and guidance; environmental designations and considerations; public consultation and engagement; the anticipated timescales for submission of the pre-application and application documentation; and project programme.
3.2. Pre-Application Consultation and Engagement
3.2.1 The carrying out of pre-application consultation with the public is considered good practice and applicants are encouraged to have meaningful engagement at the earliest possible stage with any communities or groups who would be affected by development proposals.
3.2.2 Whilst there are no statutory pre-application consultation procedures for section 36 and section 37 applications under the Electricity Act, the minimum expectation is that applicants carry out pre-application consultation as set out in Table 1 below. The applicant is asked to set out in advance to ECU how they will carry out pre-application consultation. Applicants for section 36 and 37 consents are asked to submit a pre-application consultation report with their application for proposed developments that are EIA developments.
|Pre-application consultation events||
The applicant is expected to hold at least two public consultation events prior to submitting the application. The final public event should be held at least 14 days after the first public event.
The public events are to give members of the public the opportunity to make comments to the applicant as regards the proposed development.
At the final public event, the applicant should provide feedback to members of the public in respect of comments received by the applicant as regards the proposed development.
|Notice of the pre-application consultation events||
At least seven days before holding a public event, the applicant should publish on the applicant's website and in a local newspaper circulating in the locality in which the proposed development is situated a notice containing:
|Details of the pre-application consultation events||
The applicant should provide the following details at the public event and publish these details on the applicant's website:
|Content of public event and pre-application consultation report||
The applicant is expected to prepare a pre-application consultation report ("PAC Report") setting out what has been done to accord with the guidance set out above. The PAC Report should be submitted with the application.
The PAC Report should contain the following information:
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