DECC: Draft National Policy Statement for Energy Infrastructure
Enclosed is JNCC's response to the Draft National Policy Statement for Energy Infrastructure from DECC. Submitted on 22nd February 2010.
Summary of key points
JNCC consider that there are
amendments required to the NPSs prior to formal designation.
When there has been sufficient refinement of the NPSs, they
would need to be formally approved by the Government if they are to
achieve their purpose as the primary decision making tool for the
IPC. However, it is critical that clarifications are made to
ensure that the formal designation of the NPSs is fully coherent
with other legislative and policy frameworks. Our key
concerns regarding the NPSs are: Consideration of Offshore
Due to the majority of offshore
wind development being planned for areas outside 12nm, it is
necessary to include the JNCC as a consultee alongside Natural
England and Countryside Council for Wales, as we are the statutory
advisors to the IPC for developments outside territorial waters.
Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and Gas Storage projects
will also have substantial offshore elements which will fall in our
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Please cite as: JNCC Consultation 0942, (2009), DECC: Draft National Policy Statement for Energy Infrastructure, Submission by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee