Take Part in the Planning Process

The Sizewell C Planning Process is now underway. This page explains what will happen, when and how you can participate.

The Sizewell C application is published by the Planning Inspectorate here: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/eastern/the-sizewell-c-project/?ipcsection=docs. For an overview of EDF’s initial proposals you can read our DCO Summary Briefing and/or watch the video at the foot of the page.

12 January 2021: EDF has submitted revised proposals to the Planning Inspectorate. See www.eadt.co.uk/news/sizewell-c-plans-changes-submitted-6900486 for our reaction. The content won’t be known for 2-3 weeks until published by the Planning Inspectorate, assuming they are considered acceptable for examination.

18 January 2021: deadline for responding to a PINS questionnaire on “virtual events”. See Guidance for completing the PINS _Virtual Events_ Questionnaire – deadline 18 January

20 January 2021: EDF’s new planning application for the relocation of buildings and facilities to make space for Sizewell C will be considered by East Suffolk Council. Watch at 9.30am

End January/early February 2021 tbc: The Examining Authority will publish a detailed timetable of how it intends to proceed. People affected by EDF’s new proposals must also be given the opportunity to become interested parties. It is unclear what the timing of this will be, but based on similar DCOs, we estimate it would be roughly as below.

  • February / March 2021:  Preliminary Meetings take place, online or locally.
  • March / April 2021: deadline for the submission of Written Representations. This is when more detail on the issues of concern will be required.
  • April / May until August/September 2021: issue-specific examination hearings take place, online or locally.  Examinations should end 6 months after the Preliminary Meetings.
  • November/December 2021: The Planning Inspectorate must make a recommendation to the Business Secretary whether or not the project should receive planning consent.
  • February/March 2022: Secretary of State decision.

NB We should continue to oppose digital events are being unsuitable for dealing with the complexities of the Sizewell C application. Send your objections to the Communities Secretary (currently Robert Jenrick) and Planning Inspectorate, copying your MP, Suffolk County leader Matthew Hicks and District Council leader Steve Gallant (emails above).

Note that parallel to the DCO process, EDF has also applied to the Environment Agency (EA) for 3 Operating permits for Sizewell C.  The EA will be running consultations during the coming year or so and it is unlikely that permits will be granted (or refused) until June 2022.  Details of EDF’s permit applications are here: https://environment-agency.uk.com/3O4M-13KK8-4YC1UE-PTI50-1/c.aspx (our guidance on responding to the EA’s first consultations – which is now closed – can be found here.

WATCH: our briefing on the main issues in EDF’s application for Development Consent, 7 September 2020

WATCH: Short video by PINS on the Planning Process for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs)

For more videos and a written description of the NSIP process see: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/application-process/the-process/