Public consultations for Energy National Policy Statements (NPS) closed today, with very low turn-outs to at public events.
An average of just 143 people attended each of the 23 national events to publicise the energy NPSs, according to new information released today.
Official information shows that: “More than 3,300 people attended 23 events in England and Wales to learn more about the draft energy NPSs and how they could respond to the consultation.”
Energy minister Lord Hunt said: “We are undertaking fundamental reform of the planning system which will result in a more efficient, transparent and accessible process.
“NPSs are a vital part of these reforms, setting out the national need for new energy infrastructure.
“Listening to people’s views and helping them find out more is vital to getting this process right. I’m pleased that so many people and organisations have taken part and given their views on how future decisions on where we locate power plants will be made.”
More people - some 20,000 - consulted the consultation website - but only: “1,000 organisations and individuals have so far responded to the consultation online, via email or in writing.”
Energy NPS will inform decisions on energy applications made by the new Infrastructure Planning Commission.
The Government intends to respond to both the public consultation, and parliamentary committee, later this year.