Energy and Waste

South Downs Pipeline Project

Client: South Coast Power (a joint venture between Scottish Power and Central and South West International)

  • Town planning


Following the grant of planning for a new 400mW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine power station by the Secretary of State, Terence O’Rourke successfully secured consent for the fuel supply pipeline within a 6 month timescale. The deadline had significant commercial implications for South Coast Power.

The 8.2km route gas pipeline ran from the Devils Dyke gas sub-station situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (now National Park) to the north east of Brighton at Falmer, west along the downs and south through the urban area before reaching the power station site in Shoreham Harbour.

Operational impacts were minimal, the 12-month construction programme led to a great deal of local community and political concern.

We prepared a bespoke planning and political strategy to ensure a smooth process of determination within the 6-month deadline. Terence O’Rourke acted as planning consultant throughout and played a key role in limiting costs to the company while offering creative and long-lasting benefits to the local community.