Gatwick Airport Northern Runway Project: Last chance to have your say
Last chance to register your views before 29th October 2023
Have your say on Gatwick Airport’s application
to government for a second runway – before the deadline of Sunday 29th October.
A summary of the plans is set out in
the Non Technical Summary on the Planning Inspectorate's website.
The application is following the Development Consent Order process as set out in the Planning Act 2008. This means it is being assessed by the government’s Planning Inspectorate (PINS) who will then advise the Secretary of State for Transport on whether to grant or refuse the application, including associated conditions. PINS have six months to carry out its examination once the process starts, expected to be in the next month or so. Anyone can register as an Interested Party for the DCO examination
Consultation responses to the proposals from the following can be viewed on the links below:
West Sussex County Council at: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/planning/nationally-significant-infrastructure-projects-nsips/gatwick-northern-runway-project/ and Adequacy of Consultation Representation on the PINS website
Horsham District Council: Gatwick Airport Northern Runway Project (NRP) Summer 2022 Consultation, the 2021 Statutory Consultation on the HDC website and the Adequacy of Consultation Representation on the PINS website.
South Downs National Park Authority: Adequacy of Consultation Representation on the PINS website
GACC (Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign) latest information and responses to the Gatwick proposals at: https://www.gacc.org.uk/gatwick-expansion.php
Sussex Wildlife Trust: Gatwick Airport Northern Runway Project Summer 2023 Consultation on the Sussex Wildlife Trust's website.
RAMPION 2 Windfarm Expansion Plans: Last Chance to Have Your Say
Last Chance to register your views before 6th November 2023
An application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) for the Rampion 2 project has been accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate (PINS). Proposals include an inshore cable corridor through the middle of Washington parish and its village.
Register now to have your say before the closing date on Monday 6th November 2023 at 11.59pm via the following link on the PINS Rampion 2 web pages at:
The above includes details on the registration process and access to the DCO application documents*. Give a short summary of the issues that you think are important - there will be an opportunity to expand on this later in the process if you want to. Here is a link on the Parish Council's website for its own registration which highlights key issues for the parish at: Washington Parish Council Relevant Registration as an Interested Party for Rampion 2 DCO Application 2023 .A similar separate registration has been made by the Parish Council as Trustee for the Recreation Ground charity because it has a land interest in the proposals.
Local MP Andrew Griffith has expressed serious concerns about the project and its impact on local communities and the environment. View more about the MP's campaign on his website at: https://www.andrewgriffith.uk/campaigns/against-rampion-2-disruption
PLEASE- it is really important that you do register and say something now to give the Planning Inspectorate an idea of the strength of feelings locally, but also so that they understand the key issues they need to return to in detail later on. If you wish to make representations in writing, a hard copy of the form is available from PINS by telephoning them on 0303 444 5000. Post completed forms quoting the application reference EN010117 to the Planning Inspectorate, National Infrastructure Directorate, Temple Quay House, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN.
The examination process is expected to take six months, and
a final decision on whether consent will be granted will be made by the
Secretary of State for the Department of Energy Security and Net Zero by early
*Electronic copies of the application materials can also be inspected on computers accessible to the public at a number of libraries from 20th September to 1st November 2023. See full list and contact numbers to check opening times, in the table below:
Rampion 2 application accepted for Examination by Planning Inspectorate
The following notification was received by Washington Parish Council from RWE:
PUBLIC NOTICE: Consent to Site a temporary Speed Indicator Device on Rock Road (north of junction with Gorse Bank Close)
PUBLIC NOTICE: Consent to Site a temporary Speed Indicator Device on London Road (north of junction with Frankland Mead)
Rampion 2: Last Chance to Comment
RAMPION 2: Your Last Chance To Comment
The onshore cable route for the windfarm expansion has been selected. It will include a route through Washington parish and the Village and at least one construction compound. An application for the project, a Development Consent Order, is expected to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate this summer.
Register now with the Planning Inspectorate to receive updates of the status of Rampion 2 proposal. By registering you will receive an email alert when to Register as an ‘Interested Party’ – that will be the last chance for our communities and wider public to express views to the Examination Panel.
How to CommentAs stated by Andrew Griffith MP for this area (Arundel and South Downs constituency), this scheme is not yet "a done deal." You still have a chance to make a difference. Much can still be gained by mitigating argument. Your input is integral in planning the future sustainable development of this area in West Sussex.
It is therefore crucial to Register your Interest. The window of opportunity to do this is when the application is submitted and this is determined by the developer. The Planning Inspectorate then has 28 days to decide whether the developer’s application meets standards required to proceed to examination, including whether the developer’s consultation was adequate.
Step 1: Register to be kept Informed & Updated:
Simply click on the link below and follow these steps:
- Add your email in the “Email Updates” box on the right hand side. You may need to scroll down the page a little.
- Click sign up
- Confirm your name and email address and make sure you tick the ALL Updates option under the “what do you want to be notified about?” section
- Click Sign me up
- An email will be sent to you to validate your address. You must click on the link in this email otherwise you will not receive updates
You are advised to monitor the Planning Inspectorate web page. The Inspectorate will advise you by email when they receive the Rampion submission. The pop-up windows and tabs on the website can be navigated to view further information regarding the application and process.
Step 2: Register as an Interested Party
The time to register as an interested party will be announced by the Planning Inspectorate. Make sure you do not miss this opportunity by signing up for email updates as per the steps above. There will be only a short window to register as an interested Party and it will be your last chance to make your views known.
If you have subscribed to notifications you will be notified by the Planning Inspectorate when it is time to do this.
Below is the link to the Planning inspectorate when you can find out more about being registered as an interested Party when the time comes.
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Washington Parish Council's response to Rampion 2 Consultation 2022
Washington Parish Council, with the assistance of a Planning Consultant, has made a formal submission to the Rampion 2 Second Consultation 2022.
The consultation closed on Tuesday 29th November 2022 at 23:59 hours.
You can find the Rampion 2 Consultation materials on potential changes to their onshore cable route proposals, at www.rampion2.com
We will shortly be publishing the draft minutes of the Council's Extraordinary Meeting on 21st November 2022, at which the Rampion 2 consultation was discussed.
Help for Households
'Help for Households'
The Cabinet Office has recently launched the 'Help for Households' campaign which explains the 41 different government schemes available to help people with the cost of living, including new one-off payments as well as existing benefits and schemes. These schemes have now been brought onto one Cost of Living Support website.
Please follow the link;
Shoreham Cement Works Area Action Plan: Public Consultation is now closed
The South Downs National Park Authority 8-week public consultation on the Issues & Option version of the Shoreham Cement Works Area Action Plan (AAP) closed on Tuesday 02 August 2022. It was published for public consultation under Regulation 18 of The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended) and opens from Tuesday 07 June 2022.
The AAP for Shoreham Cement Works is a mini Local Plan for the site, which follows on from its allocation as a strategic site in the South Downs Local Plan.
on the AAP and the consultation can be found by visiting the SDNPA website at: Shoreham Cement Works Area Action Plan - South Downs National
Park Authority .
Washington Parish Council is a statutory consultee and submitted comments agreed at its meeting on Monday 4th July 2022. To view these, please make an email request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the Parish Council - Councillor Vacancies
WASHINGTON PARISH COUNCIL should have 11 councillors but we are currently understrength and looking for new members.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD PARISH COUNCILLOR? Our members come from a wide variety of backgrounds but we all love our parish and wish to do everything we can to maintain and cherish what we have whilst also keeping a close eye on all potential planning developments and reporting our views to the relevant planning authorities to ensure the best result. All members can freely express their views in a relaxed and friendly meeting before any decision is taken.
The only requirements are that you must live or work in the parish, like to keep abreast of local issues and be able to attend evening meetings on the 1st and 3rd Monday each month.
Should you feel able to join us we would be very pleased to hear from you. Please contact our Clerk on 0777 6771921 or email email@example.com
Parish Council strongly objects to 60-bed care home plans on land not in the Neighbourhood Plan
Rampion 2 Public Consultation is now closed
Rampion 2 Windfarm Expansion: Public Consultation 14th July -16th September 2021
The Rampion 2 public consultation for draft proposals of a windfarm expansion off the Sussex Coast closed on Thursday 16th September.
Washington PC does not support the current routing proposal ("Route B") which would take the cable pipeline through Washington Village via horizontal directional drilling under the Recreation Ground/Allotment land, and result in additional traffic to already congested local roads. The Parish Council is also seriously concerned about the inappropriate locations of the proposed construction compounds around the village, which is largely in a conservation area within the SDNP. The Parish Council is asking that Rampion robustly pursues all other options to avoid the Village, including the original "Route A."
See the Parish Council's full consultation response at the end of this page and also on the Planning page.
For details of the scheme and information about the consultation process please visit Rampion's web page at: https://rampion2.com/consultation/
Rampion 2: MP's online survey to canvass local opinion
Sussex MP Andrew Griffith (Arundel and South Downs) has launched a survey to find out residents' views on the proposed expansion of the Rampion off-shore windfarm with associated onshore cable corridor and a new electricity sub-station. To take part in the survey and to read the MP's comments on the recent public consultation, go to: Rampion 2/Andrew Griffith (andrewgriffithmp.com)