Regional planning procedure ongoing
The planning and authorisation procedure is still in its initial phase. In the scope of the regional planning procedure, the compatibility with the principles of spatial planning, the existing regional plans and other claims on utilisation are currently being studied. To this end, the competent Land authority, namely the Joint Berlin-Brandenburg Planning Department, initiated the regional planning procedure on 14 January 2013. In this context, the procedure documents were made available for consultation in the municipalities involved. Affected are the city of Eisenhüttenstadt, the municipality of Schlaubetal and the municipality of Brieskow-Finkenheerd. The documents were available at the offices of the three local councils until 14 February 2013.
Part of the regional planning documents are a territorial impact assessment and an environmental impact assessment with different maps. Furthermore, 50Hertz already had a study performed on species protection, as there are certain conservation areas located within the project scope (FFH and SPA areas).
The study scope of the regional planning procedure was already determined in 2011 during a project conference. The Joint Planning Department invited representatives of public interests to define the study scope together with the competent authority and project developer 50Hertz. The project conference took place on 14 December 2011.
The further course of the procedure depends on many different factors. 50Hertz currently estimates that the spatial planning procedure will be concluded in 2014. Then, 50Hertz can start determining the exact route planning and prepare the final plan approval procedure.
The plan approval procedure will be carried out by a different authority of the Land Brandenburg: the State Office for Mining, Geology and Raw Materials (LBGR) in Cottbus. At present, 50Hertz estimates that the plan approval procedure will continue into 2015. The actual construction should then take place in 2016.