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SIMEC Atlantis says Newport City Council recommends granting permission for planning application

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SIMEC Atlantis Energy Limited (LON:SAE) said it welcomes the report by Newport City Council (NCC) regarding its application for the February Planning Committee meeting and its recommendation for granting permission.

The renewable and sustainable energy projects developer said the proposed development in this planning application comprises fuel storage, material handling and other ancillary infrastructure to be constructed external to the existing power station building.

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However, a third party has requested the planning application be called in for determination by Welsh Government rather than the local planning authority, which is NCC, the firm added.

Following on from this third-party request, the Welsh Government has followed due process and issued a holding direction while it considers if this call-in is justified.

Welsh Government will aim to decide whether to reject or uphold the call-in request within 21 days of receipt of the planning officers’ report.

The Welsh Government generally only call in an application if the Proposed Development appears to raise planning issues of more than local importance, SIMEC Atlantis said in a release.

The question of call-in is solely about who should be the decision maker on an application for planning permission – the Welsh Government or the local planning authority – and not whether planning permission should be granted or not.

The Welsh Government will review the planning issues raised by the application and assess how they have been addressed by the local planning authority.

In this way they can reach a conclusion on whether the application raises planning issues that they feel are more appropriately dealt with by the local authority.

There are two possible outcomes, according to SIMEC: the call-in request is rejected or accepted.

In the former case, the planning application would then revert to back to the local planning authority to determine.

In this scenario SAE will work with the Planning Officer to confirm that our planning application can be presented to the Planning Committee at the earliest opportunity.

In the latter case, the planning application would be passed to the Welsh Government to take the decision.

The AIM-listed company said it will provide an update to the market once it has been informed of the result of the call-in decision.

It operates the Uskmouth Power Station Conversion Project located in Newport, Wales, to convert a coal fired power station to generate electricity in an economically viable and sustainable way through the combustion of waste derived fuel pellets.

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