Matt Hancock MP and I recently wrote to the Planning Inspectorate to raise our concerns over the Sunnica application. We specifically highlighted the quality and substance of the engagement process with residents; Sunnica's decision to decline the open meeting to discuss their DCO submission; and the lack of briefing given to us as constituency MPs on any changes to the proposal put forward by Sunnica.
We shared constituent concerns over lack of access to information, the quality and extensiveness of webinars, the lack of time to review information, and Sunnica's unwillingness to provide further details about the Scheme during the consultation process and after.
We asked that the Planning Inspectorate consider our assessment that the consultation undertaken by Sunnica should be deemed inadequate as part of the ongoing acceptance phase of the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project process.
Unfortunately, the Planning Inspectorate has decided to progress Sunnica's application to the Examination stage. This is, of course, very disappointing news. I would like to assure you that I will follow all further developments closely and I will continue to oppose Sunnica's application on behalf of my constituents.