K4 Project Public Consultation

DS Smith Plc intends to apply to the Secretary of State for a Development Consent Order to decommission an existing gas fired Combined Heat and Power plant (K1) and build, commission and operate a new gas-fired Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant (K4) to supply steam and power to their Kemsley Paper Mill, in Sittingbourne, Kent.

The proposed development constitutes a project falling within the definition of a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) under the Planning Act 2008 by virtue of building, commissioning and operating an onshore generating station with an energy generating capacity of greater than 50MW and therefore requires a Development Consent Order (DCO) granting permission from the Secretary of State, via the Planning Inspectorate.

The new gas-fired Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant would be located in the south-eastern part of the main Kemsley Paper mill complex. It would comprise the following:

  • Gas turbine technology of around 57 MW nominal power output.
  • A Heat Recovery Steam Generator, producing in the region of 105 to 110 MWth steam;
  • A steam turbine, producing in the region of 16MW of electrical power.


DS Smith has received an EIA Scoping report from the Planning Inspectorate. We have consulted the local community on the proposals and are currently publicising the application and consulting prescribed bodies, relevant statutory undertakers and local authorities regarding our proposals. We are aiming to submit the application at the end of March 2018.

Documents, plans and maps detailing the nature and location of the proposed development, including Preliminary Environmental Information in the form of a draft Environmental Statement and Non-Technical Summary (NTS), are available to download in the zip file (200MB) below. 

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Download K4 NTS and plans

The same documents, plans and maps have also been placed on deposit at the following locations, where they can be inspected free of charge, during the hours specified, until close of business on Friday 2nd March 2018:  

The Site Office, DS Smith Kemsley Paper Mill, ME10 2TD

9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

Swale Borough Council Offices, East Street, Sittingbourne, ME10 3HT

8:45am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, 8:45am to 4:30pm Friday

Sittingbourne Library, Central Avenue, Sittingbourne, ME10 4AH

9am to 6pm Monday to Friday (open until 8pm on Thursday), 9am to 5pm Saturdays

Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC)

We produced a Statement of Community Consultation which set out how we consulted the local community on our proposals. Swale Borough Council and Kent County Council reviewed our SoCC which can be downloaded below.

Statement of Community Consultation

Making your views known

There is an opportunity to make representations on the application until 5pm on Friday 2nd March.

By email to: k4@dhaplanning.co.uk

By post to: Mr David Harvey, DHA Planning, Eclipse House, Eclipse Park, Sittingbourne Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3EN

By telephone to: Mr David Harvey, DHA Planning, 01622 776 226

More information on the DCO process can be found at the Planning Inspectorate NSIP website - https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/

The project webpage on the Inspectorate’s website is at: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/south-east/kemsley-paper-mill-k4-chp-plant/

For further information please contact: David Harvey at  k4@dhaplanning.co.uk