It absolutely WILL get called in by government, ANY development of this size will need to be scrutinised at government level, especially on a World Heritage Site
The size of the public consultation - and the opinion gained from it - does their work for them though
What good would a public inquiry do? And at what cost? Everotn have already privately funded the biggest public consultation this century which would likely get a better response than a public inquiry would in terms of numbers, but likely the same in terms of opinion.
Unlike Kirkby there are no protest groups from the local community or supporter groups, so there is unlikely to be any formal objections
It's a necessary step, and there is no need to panic when it happens.