Take Part in the Planning Process

The Sizewell C Planning Process is now underway. Campaigning will continue but meanwhile individuals can also take part in the process and have their say. This page explains what will happen, when and how you can participate.

For an overview of EDF’s proposals, you can read our summary briefing: DCO Briefing and Guidance and watch the video below.

The Sizewell C application is published by the Planning Inspectorate here: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/eastern/the-sizewell-c-project/?ipcsection=docs

30 September: Deadline for registering as an interested party – this has now closed.

2 October: Deadline for responding to the Environment Agency’s  (EA) consultation on EDF’s application for 3 Operating permits for Sizewell C. We have some brief guidance on how to respond to these consultations. Note that the EA will hold further consultations. Details of EDF’s application here: https://environment-agency.uk.com/3O4M-13KK8-4YC1UE-PTI50-1/c.aspx

3rd week in October approx: The Examining Authority will publish a detailed timetable of how it intends to proceed. Given COVID-19 it’s very hard to predict what this will look like but based on similar DCOs, it would be roughly as below. 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).

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

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/

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