Planning Process for Sizewell C
The Government has decided that Sizewell C be classified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP). This means it is so big and nationally important that planning permission to build it must be given at national level by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. The planning application process is tightly prescribed and has 6 distinct stages:
A more detailed overview of the NSIP planning process can be found below:
Overview of the nationally significant infrastructure planning process for members of the public and others
Before submitting a planning application for Sizewell C, the developer (EDF) is required to carry out consultation on their proposals. EDF has initiated 4 stages of consultation:
Stage 1 – Nov 2012
Stage 2 – Autumn/Winter 2016
Stage 3 – Jan 2019
Stage 4 – Summer 2019
Details of each of EDF’s consultation documents can be found on the EDF website.
Melton Parish Council believes that the Sizewell C proposals will bring dis-benefits to the local environment that far outweigh the opportunities for investment and any legacy benefits accruing from its construction.
Melton Parish Council’s formal responses to Stages 2, 3 and 4 of the consultation can viewed below:
Melton Parish Council Response to Sizewell C Stage 2 Consultation
Melton Parish Council Response to Sizewell C Stage 3 Consultation
Melton Parish Council Response to Sizewell C Stage 3 Consultation – Exec Summary
Melton Parish Council Response to Sizewell C Stage 4 Consultation
The application for Development Consent Order to build Sizewell C was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) on 27 May 2020. PINS formally accepted the application on 24 June 2020. This means PINS has accepted that EDF’s pre-application consultation was adequate and the proposals can proceed through the examination process.
The pre-examination phase will run from 8 July to 30 September 2020. This is not a consultation. It is an opportunity for consultees and the public to read the application and register on the PINS website (using the Planning Inspectorate’s Registration & Relevant Representation Form) to become an “Interested Party” by providing a written summary of their views on the application. A registered “Interested Party” will be kept informed of progress and about opportunities to put their case forward at the next stage: Examination.
All of the application documentation submitted by Sizewell C Co. to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) can be viewed at https://sizewellcdco.co.uk
4 Examination (Autumn – Winter 2020/21)
5 Recommendation and Decision (Summer 2021)
6 Post-Decision (Autumn 2021)
Melton Parish Council is concerned about a highly critical report (October 2019) on EDF Energy that was commissioned by the French Government. Further details of the report and the Parish Council’s enquiries with the UK Office of Nuclear Regulation, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the CEO of EDF Energy, can be found here: Sizewell C – EDF Energy lacking a ‘Culture of Quality’