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. *****NEXT DEADLINE 30 SEPTEMBER**** See below for details

Do watch this video of our online briefing of 7 September 2020. A copy of our written summary briefing is available here: DCO Briefing and Guidance

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**

  • To register you must write a short statement, called a “Relevant Representation” (RR) listing your issues of concern. The recommendation is that this should be no more than 500 words, but it can also be very short! Don’t worry about detail; it should be a simple bullet list, ideally including everything you would like to see raised in the examination. 
  • A template 500-word is available to view here. We strongly urge you to use this just as a basis and send your own form of words so that PINS needs to read it in full (they will only skim RRs that they think are a “copy and paste” job).
  • We would welcome your including an endorsement of Stop Sizewell C’s Relevant Representation (note this is still draft and is longer than 500 words as it is intended to be a joint statement with Theberton & Eastbridge Parish Council).
  • Register by completing the form on the Planning Inspectorate website by 30 September: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/eastern/the-sizewell-c-project/?ipcsection=relreps. You’ll need to copy and paste your Relevant Representation into the form.
  • You may wish to send copies of your RR to 

Why Should you Register?

  • It’s vital that those who will examine EDF’s application know what you are concerned about. The Examining Authority will use the information in all the Relevant Representations to define the issues considered in the examination. If no one mentions your issue, they won’t examine it – simple as that!
  • Registering as an interested party gives you the option to attend and speak at the examination hearings. This opportunity will be lost unless you register. Don’t worry about this being a commitment you are not sure you can follow through – there is no obligation to participate in hearings and anyway, we are committed to helping all who do take part.
  • The number of representations received will send a strong signal that many people care about Sizewell C, so please encourage friends and family to register separately (in their own words). The Scottish Power proposals at Friston had 800+ registrations, so let’s match that!
  • You can use your registration to send a message that Sizewell C is totally unsuitable for a digital examination process. It’s too complex.

The Examining Authority will use these statements to decide what the examination will cover.  People raising similar issues will be invited by the Examiners to come together and coordinate their efforts. Stop Sizewell C stands ready to support you and work with all groups opposing or expressing concern about the project. 

2 October: Deadline for responding to the Environment Agency’s consultation on EDF’s application for 3 Operating permits for Sizewell C. We will provide brief guidance on how to participate in this consultation shortly. 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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