The Department has written to the following in the last two years regarding the national need for additional gas storage facilities. The county councils of:
East Riding of Yorkshire
and the borough councils of:
Redcar and Cleveland
Stockton on Tees.
We have received a response from Lancashire county council with some questions arising from the letter that the Department sent to them in April 2004.
On 16 May, my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State, laid the ‘Energy Statement of Need for additional gas supply infrastructure’ in Parliament encouraging planning professionals and local decision makers to consider the national interest when looking at planning applications.