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 as they currently stand, you can read our DCO Summary Briefing and/or 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

The pre-examination period for registering as an interested party by submitting a relevant representation closed on 30 September.

On 6 October, EDF wrote to the Planning Inspectorate to announce that new proposals were forthcoming and these would be the subject for a 5th public consultation. This will take place from 18 November to 18 December. There are 17 items to be consulted on, including transport strategy, access road, sea defences, compensatory habitats and more. Details will be published on the Sizewell C website.

**Monday 7 December @ 6pm** Stop Sizewell C will hold an online briefing to update concerned individuals about the content of EDF’s new proposals and give guidance on how to respond. Register to take part here.

11 January 2021: EDF will submit its revised proposals to the Planning Inspectorate.

End January (provisional) 2021: The Planning Inspectorate will decide whether the revised proposals are to be accepted for examination.

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 – now closed – can be found here.

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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