So what happens next?
The Planning Inspectorate has 3 months to make their recommendations. That is then passed to the Secretary of State for Energy and Net Zero who has a further 3 months to determine if the solar plant is consented.
In the meantime there is work still to do. Alicia Kearns MP has been working hard in Parliament impressing upon government officials why this particular NSIP application should not be consented.
The final fight is in Westminster, there is no more we can do to influence the planning process as the examination has closed. In order for Alicia Kearns MP to help us, she needs our help with 2 actions:
- Collect as many signatures on her Parliamentary petition against Mallard Pass. Anyone resident in the UK can sign. Please ask as many friends, family, colleagues, neighbours, and acquaintances as possible to sign. The form can be found here. This paper petition will then in due course be presented to the House of Commons. (If you have already signed previously, please note your signature will not be counted again).
- Ask as many people as you know to write a letter of objection about Mallard Pass addressed to the Secretary of State (SoS) for Energy Security and Net Zero, Claire Coutinho, but post it to Alicia. She will build a mailbag and deposit it on the SoS’s desk at the appropriate time in 2024. (If you have sent one before, I would suggest you send another one. You can make the same points, what is important is that the new SoS understands the strength of your opposition.)
If you wish to still help please post your petitions and letters to: Alicia Kearns MP, House of Commons, SW1A 0AA.