The paper mill is currently supplied with some of its electricity and steam requirements by K1, an onsite Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Plant. K1 is nearing the end of its operational life and DS Smith are therefore seeking to replace it with K4, a modern CHP plant.
The size and scale of K4 means that it is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project for which a Development Consent Order is required.
DHA has been responsible for managing the project team, undertaking statutory consultation with the local community and prescribed bodies, acting as planning consultants to compile and submit the DCO application and co-ordinating and managing the preparation of an Environmental Statement.
The DCO application was accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate at the end of April 2018 and will now proceed through a 9 month examination period.