Public consultation is an integral part of the planning process and has been an important element of Millbrook Power’s work since the project was first announced in 2014. The project’s consultations with the local community, local politicians, groups and other relevant organisations, are designed to meet all legal requirements and are based on a range of advice and guidance.
There have been several opportunities to consider and comment on the project.
Non-Statutory Consultation started in June 2014 and included three exhibitions held locally to introduce the project to people living in close proximity to it. This was followed by a period of Statutory Consultation in October/November 2014, during which public exhibitions were held in Marston Moretaine, Stewartby, Ampthill and Lidlington, along with meetings with local parish councils and councillors from Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedford Borough Council.
A second period of Statutory Consultation was carried out between May 29th and July 2nd 2017. Public exhibitions were again held in Marston Moretaine, Stewartby, Ampthill and Lidlington to update people living in close proximity to the project and introduce it to anyone who did not participate in the 2014 consultation. During Phase 2 Consultation meetings have been held with various local representatives, statutory consultees and other stakeholders – these meeting constituted both statutory and non-statutory consultation.
The project’s 2014 SoCC was agreed with Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedford Borough Council, and a revised Statement of Community Consultation for 2017 was also agreed with the local councils.
Both the 2014 and 2017 SoCCs were published in the local press and made available via this website. The SOCC and other information about the project were also be made available at the councils’ office and local libraries during both phases of consultation.