Amendment of Land Development Plan and Zoning Plan in Datteln Brings E.ON Closer to Resume Construction on Datteln 4 Power Plant

The town of Datteln decided yesterday to amend the land use plan (Flächennutzungsplan) and the zoning plan (Bauplan) for the area in which E.ON wants to construct the 1100 MW coal-fired power plant Datteln 4. It brings E.ON yet a step closer to resume construction.

In September 2009 the Higher Administrative Court of Münster (OVG Münster) declared the zoning plan for the Datteln 4 area void, arguing it contravened state planning objectives, inter alia because the state development plan set out a location for a large-scale power plant in the north east of the town farther away from residential housing than the location chosen. Subsequently, the regional administration in Münster (Bezirksregierung Münster) issued a partial construction stop. In June 2012 OVG Münster revoked the preliminary permit (Vorbescheid) for Datteln 4, which shall replace the three older Datteln 1 to 3 power plant units and E.ON’s Shamrock power plant in Herne.

The new zoning plan differs in important aspects from the previous zoning plan, containing for instance comprehensive and detailed requirements regarding immission control, the town of Datteln pointed out. Besides, the area designated for technical installations and operations is smaller (37 hectare) than in the previous plan (50 hectare).

The new zoning plan can enter into force once the state planning authority has positively decided to deviate from the state planning objectives and the regional administration in Münster (Bezirksregierung Münster) has approved the land development plan. The town of Datteln expects these decisions to be taken within the next three months.  Following the entry into force of the zoning plan, new permits for Datteln 4 pursuant to the Federal Immission Control Act (BImSchG) can be applied for.

Source: Town of Datteln

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