As of today, 21 applications have been made under the Planning Act regime since it first became possible on 1 March 2010, over 31 months ago. The application rate is thus still less than one a month. On 3 July I published a chart of applications and their progress - here is the equivalent chart just over three months later (again, if you'd like a larger image, let me know):
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Of the 21 applications, two have reached a decision - both positive - but the first has been undergoing Special Parliamentary Procedure for nearly a year. Back on 13 October 2011, the Infrastructure Planning Commission made its one and only decision, to grant consent for the Rookery South energy from waste project under section 114 of the Planning Act. But that application is now stuck under section 128 of the Act. The other application to have reached a decision is Network Rail's Ipswich Chord project, which thankfully does not have to undergo SPP.
One application is in the previous stage, where the Secretary of State has three months to make a decision on a recommmendation from the Planning Inspectorate. That is another Network Rail application, for the North Doncaster chord project.
Four applications are in the stage before that, where examination of the application has finished and PINS have three months to make a recommendation on them: Kentish Flats offshore windfarm, Brechfa Forest West onshore windfarm, the Heysham to M6 highway and the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.
Six applications are behind those, currently undergoing the six-month examination period: Preesall gas storage, Able Marine Energy Park (harbour), Galloper and Triton Knoll offshore windfarms, East Northants Resource Management facility (hazardous waste) and Port Blyth biomass.
Two projects are at the stage of the representation period having closed but the preliminary meeting that kicks off the examination not having taken place: Roosecote biomass and M1 Junction 10a improvement.
Finally, four projects have started their representation periods: King's Lynn and North London overhead power lines, Fieldes Lock power station and Redditch Branch enhancement (rail).
There is then a gap, because there are no applications at the stage of having been made but not yet accepted, or having been accepted and not yet having started their representation period.
That adds up to 19: two further applications were made but one was not accepted for examination and the other was withdrawn, taking the total to 21.
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Behind those, the two pre-application stages that mean something has happened are those that have undergone or are undergoing their formal pre-application consultation, and there are 18 in that category.
Secondly, and usually before that, there are those that have asked PINS for an environmental scoping opinion . This is optional but is still a good guide to activity. There are 17 projects that have done so but haven't taken any further step.
That leaves 26 projects that are on the PINS list as 'live' but where no formal step has been taken. 12 more are on the list but have been withdrawn. The grand total of Planning Act projects that have ever existed is therefore 94.
So it's slow but steady progress and a gradual increase in numbers, as it has ever been.