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.
3 Pre-Examination Stage, 8 July to 30 September 2020
This stage was not a consultation. It was an opportunity for consultees and the public to read the application and register 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
Melton Parish Council has registered as an “Interested Party” and our “Relevant Representation” statement has been submitted. In it, the Council’s key message is that the community dis-benefits of SZC outweigh the benefits. Melton’s Relevant Representation statement is accompanied by a supporting evidence paper on Road transport problems that will be exacerbated by the Sizewell C and Friston energy schemes.
4 EDF Launches Consultation on Proposed Changes to the Development Consent Order to build Sizewell C, 30-Days ended 18 December 2020
The DCO application included proposals for materials to be delivered to Sizewell C by road, rail and sea. However, one of the issues people and organisations continued to be concerned about was the number of HGV deliveries forecast in the transport strategy. EDF was also asked to provide more reassurance about safeguarding the local environment.
EDF responded by launching a 30-day consultation on new proposals to further reduce the impact of construction on local communities and the environment. EDF’s consultation document can be viewed here: https://www.edfenergy.com/energy/nuclear-new-build-projects/sizewell-c.
On 17 December 2020, Melton Parish Council submitted its Formal Response to EDF’s consultation proposals.
EDF has since reviewed the consultation responses and this has shaped its final version of proposed changes to the DCO, now submitted to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS). PINS will now consider these proposed changes in advance of the Examination stage and, should they accept the submission, it will be published on the Sizewell C page on the PINS website (https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/Eastern/The-SizewellC-Project/).
5 Examination Stage
The Planning Inspectorate will decide the date of the first meeting. The Examination stage of the process will run for 6 months.
6 Recommendation and Decision
A recommendation by the Planning Inspectorate to the Secretary of State will be issued within 3 months of the examination closing. The Secretary of State then has a further 3 months to issue a decision on the proposal.
There will be the opportunity for legal challenge.
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’