Sharon Hodgson MP

Washington & Gateshead South Constituency

Rolton Kilbride proposed renewable energy centre Hillthorn Park in Washington

Information for my constituents regarding Rolton Kilbride's proposed renewable energy centre Hillthorn Park in Washington

A number of constituents have contacted me regarding the (proposed) planning application by Rolton Kilbride for a renewable energy centre in Washington.

As an MP I have no role in the planning process and therefore have no influence over the decision for planning permission for this plant.  This comes under the responsibility of the Local Planning Authority and the Local Council.  MPs are not the Council.

However, I do see it as my role as an MP to make sure that constituents are heard and not ignored.  Therefore, if any constituents write to me with their concerns I will forward these on to the Council on their behalf.  I am already doing this for those constituents who have contacted me.

We are aware that there is currently a petition set up on the 38 Degrees website directed at “Sharon Hodgeson MP & Sunderland Council Planning Department”.  Please note, to date (Date of publishing this page 07/09/2017, and still none as at 27/07/2018), none of these signatures or names are coming to Sharon’s office or email system.  Therefore, if you have submitted your personal details into this petition, you may wish to contact 38 Degrees or the author of the petition and ask where your contact details have gone on: [email protected]

If you wish to send your concerns on to Sharon on this matter, please email Sharon at [email protected] and a response will be sent out to you.

Please find further links here to get the information you need:

IMPORTANT: Click on this link for a downloadable pdf of the Department for Communities and Local Government Plain English Guide to the Planning System. >

For information on Sunderland City Councils Planning and building control click here:

(NB - Edited 25/04/2018, as original page seems to have been removed.)

or email contact: [email protected]

If you wish to contact your local Councillors, you can do this via the Civic Centre on 0191 520 5555 or by following this link: or via

For more information on the proposed plant from Rolton Kilbride, click on this link:

Sunderland Planning Application page

2017 Consultation Programme
(supplied by Coast Communications on behalf of Rolton Kilbride - this programme has not been organised by Councillors or the MP)

7th September - Public exhibition – 1400 -1930 Millennium Centre
9th September - Public exhibition –  1000 -1400 Washington Leisure Centre
28th September - Public exhibition - 1400-1930 Millennium Centre

for further information or to confirm venues etc contact Coast Communications on: [email protected]

Please note, we may update this information on this page if any is forthcoming.

Content above last updated 07/09/2017.

Update here below 02/10/2017

See Sunderland City Councils response on the Rolton Kilbride proposal 02/10/2017

Update on 38 Degrees petition note - 27/07/2018 - nothing received at Sharon's office.

Further posts on this subject here:

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