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The Rookery South (Resource Recovery Facility) Order 2011

2.  The application to build a 65 megawatt "energy from waste generating station" on the site of former brick works at Stewartby in Bedfordshire was lodged by Covanta Rookery South Limited with the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) on 4 August 2010. The proposal was classed as a "nationally significant infrastructure project" under the Planning Act 2008 because of the size of the proposed plant and, as such, was subject to the provisions of that Act with respect to the grant of development consent.

3.  The IPC granted development consent to the scheme in accordance with two National Policy Statements on Energy.[1] These National Policy Statements were approved by the House of Commons on 18 July 2011.[2] In addition to planning consent, the Development Consent Order contains provisions for the compulsory purchase of types of land which under section 128(2) of the 2008 Act trigger Special Parliamentary Procedure, as was the case with this Order.

4.  The Rookery South (Resource Recovery Facility) Order 2011 was laid before Parliament by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on 29 November 2011. In accordance with the 1945 Act, a 21-day joint petitioning process in both Houses commenced on that day. In total, 39 petitions were deposited by the closing date on 19 December, five of which were subsequently referred to this Committee by the Chairman of Ways and Means in the House of Commons and the Chairman of Committees in the House of Lords, as required by the 1945 Act. [3]

1   Details of the Infrastructure Planning Commission process of inquiry can be found on the website of the former IPC (abolished on 1 April 2012) The pages are currently hosted by the Planning inspectorate.  Back

2   (1) Department of Energy and Climate Change: Overarching National Policy Statement for Energy (EN-1), July 2011, and (2) Department of Energy and Climate Change: National Policy Statement for Renewable Energy Infrastructure (EN-3), July 2011.  Back

3   See: Chairman of Committees, House of Lords and Chairman of Ways and Means, House of Commons, First Special Report of Session 2010-12: The Rookery South (Resource Recovery Facility) Order 2011: Report on petitions against the Order, 1 May 2012, HL paper 294, HC 1956. Back

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