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
EDF is presenting its application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to build Sizewell C slightly later than planned because of the coronavirus crisis. The application for the new nuclear power station was due to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate by the end of March 2020. Given current circumstances, EDF has decided to defer submission by a few weeks. EDF will also allow more time for people to register as participants for the public examination phase of the DCO process. This will help to ensure local communities have enough time to review the application and participate. EDF is liaising with the Planning Inspectorate to discuss how normal arrangements can be flexed so that communities are not disadvantaged by the current difficult circumstances. The application for a DCO will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate and a final decision to grant a Development Consent Order will be taken by the Government.