Our statutory consultation – May to June 2024

Our statutory consultation is taking place between Thursday 16 May and Thursday 20 June 2024. Your feedback will help us to shape our proposals before we submit our application for development consent later this year.

Information about our proposals can be found in our Consultation Information Booklet. We have also prepared a Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR) and non-technical summary (NTS) of the PEIR, which summarises the initial results of our environmental surveys that we have been undertaking as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process. All of our consultation materials can be found on the ‘News and Resources’ page of this website.

You can take part in the following ways:

Attend a face-to-face consultation event

We are holding a series of face-to-face consultation events at publicly accessible venues:

Venue Date Time
Billingham Forum, Town Centre, The Causeway, Stockton-on-Tees, Billingham TS23 2LJ Saturday 1 June 2024 12pm to 5pm
High Clarence Primary School, Port Clarence Road, Middlesbrough TS2 1SY Wednesday 5 June 2024 3pm to 8pm
Billingham Rugby Club, Greenwood Rd, Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees TS23 4BA Thursday 6 June 2024 10am to 5pm

Attend an online webinar

We will be holding three webinars on:

  • Tuesday 28 May 2024 – 6:30pm to 8pm
  • Tuesday 4 June 2024 – 10am to 11:30am
  • Wednesday 12 June 2024 – 10am to 11:30am

Please register for a webinar online by clicking here or by emailing info@lgf.co.uk.

Visit a local information point

We will be hosting our consultation materials at a local information point close to the Project Site:

Billingham Library, Kingsway, Billingham TS23 2LN (opening hours Mon-Tue 8:30am-7pm, Wed-Fri 8:30am-5pm, Sat 9:30am-4pm, Sun closed).

Materials available to take away at these locations include this Consultation Information Booklet, Feedback Questionnaire and NTS of the PEIR. Printed copies of the Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC) and full PEIR will be available at this location to view only.

Have your say

You can provide your feedback to us either online or in writing, by:

  • Completing an online feedback questionnaire during the consultation period via: www.lighthousegreenfuels.co.uk/feedback
  • Collecting a feedback questionnaire form one of our consultation events, the local information point, or on request
  • Returning your completed feedback questionnaire to us at one of our consultation events, by email (info@lgf.co.uk) or by post (by writing ‘FREEPOST LIGHTHOUSE GREEN FUELS’) on a blank envelope (no stamp required)
  • Providing your free comments by email or post. Please note that we will not accept comments over the phone, but we will assist you wherever possible.

The deadline for providing feedback is 11:59pm on Thursday 20 June 2024.

Lighthouse Green Fuels is classed as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP), as it is deemed crucial for the UK’s national infrastructure. Under the Planning Act 2008, NSIPs need to seek a Development Consent Order (DCO) in order to be built and operated. It follows this specific planning route:

1. Pre-application and consultation:

We will hold a consultation to present our plans for Lighthouse Green Fuels. You will be able to inform us of your thoughts, together with the rest of the local community, local authorities and statutory consultees. Providing feedback will be vital to our final plans. At this stage we will also conduct an environmental impact assessment.

2. Application submission:

Having considered feedback from the consultation we will finalise and submit our DCO application to the Planning Inspectorate. This will include the detailed project proposals, and a consultation report summarising your feedback and how the project has developed.

3. Acceptance stage:

The Planning Inspectorate has 28 days to decide whether the application meets the standards to proceed to examination. If accepted, the application will be publicised.

4. Pre-examination:

Following acceptance, you can register as an Interested Party with the Planning Inspectorate to keep you informed of the process and to make representations. It ends with a preliminary meeting to set the examination timetable.

5. Examination:

A detailed examination of the application occurs, which must be completed within six months. The Examining Authority (appointed by the Planning Inspectorate) evaluates the project’s details, potential environmental impacts, and representations made by Interested Parties.

6. Decision:

Post-examination, the Examining Authority has three months to make a recommendation to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State then has a further three months to make the final decision on whether or not to grant a DCO for the project.

Indicative Project Timeline: