Local Authority Bulletins
Local Authority bulletin - January 2023
Have you heard of TerraQuest's Site ID and Assessment service?
TerraQuest’s Site ID and Site Assessment service are results of TerraQuest’s unique approach to both acquiring and creating the appropriate spatial data for use in a sequence of GIS-centric analyses and applying their innovative use of technology. The output can take various forms and delivered in a variety of ways including a web portal to provide controlled access to information by a range of stakeholders.
An early project for TerraQuest was the creation of a land terrier for Welsh Water researching and mapping their land holdings, a service which has since proved to be the foundation of other services for which TerraQuest is renown. The accurate recording and understanding of land ownership and the characteristics surrounding the land is a vital first step in delivering the Site-Assessment service. In the last 12 months TerraQuest has successfully delivered Site ID and Site Assessment services to:
- Hull City Council
- BCP (Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Councils
- Rotherham Council
- Calderdale Council
- Bradford Council
Please contact Julius Rwegasira on 07595 88 291 or Julius.email@example.com to discuss your requirements and how we can assist you with our Site ID and Site Assessment services.
The Planning Portal is delivered by PortalPlanQuest Limited which is a joint venture between TerraQuest Solutions Limited and the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities.
The Energy Infrastructure Planning team needs you!
Energy Infrastructure Planning are responsible for providing consents, on behalf of the Secretary of State for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), regarding necessary wayleaves, section 37 (overhead lines and associated equipment) and compulsory purchase order applications which are made by Distribution Network Operators.
The profile of our consenting work has risen over the last few years since it plays a critical role in helping to deliver Government Net Zero commitments.
Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) play a crucial role in the section 37 consenting process: we come to you seeking your advice and recommendations on applications, especially in regard to environmental, archaeological or heritage impacts the projects might have.
There is a legislative requirement – the Electricity Act 1989 - for us to consult with LPAs and for them to provide a response. However, we appreciate that when we make these requests, or if the Distribution Network Operators do this, it is not always clear what we are asking LPAs to do and what their role is.
To address this, we are currently assessing our processes and making enhancements to our IT platform. We really want LPAs to be a part of this work.
We will be holding an Eventbrite event on Thursday 20th April at 10am where we will explain who we are, what we do, why LPAs are so important to the consenting process and the improvements we are currently considering. It would be great to see as many representatives from LPAs there as possible, however, we know just how busy everyone one is, so we will record the workshop and make it available post-event for those who cannot be in attendance. Invites will be sent out for this shortly.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. We look forward to seeing you on 20th April. If you have any questions, please get in touch using the details provided below.
Head of Network consents
Energy Infrastructure Planning Delivery team
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
T: 07920 150 513