Sizewell has been identified by government as a suitable location for a new nuclear power station. EDF Energy is bringing forward an application to construct and operate Sizewell C.
The Planning Inspectorate will determine the application, not the local councils. However, Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Coastal District Council are statutory consultees and will evaluate, challenge and comment upon the proposals for a new nuclear power station to get the best possible outcomes for the people of Suffolk.
There are 3 key milestones in the planning phase of the proposed new power station:
- Stage 1 Consultation
A suite of documents produced by EDF Energy setting out the background and context to the development – this consultation ran from 21 November to 6 February 2013. Suffolk County Council’s response to the Stage 1 Consultation was produced jointly with Suffolk Coastal District Council and was approved by the County Council Cabinet on 29 January.
- Stage 2 Consultation
Will provide greater detail on all aspects of the development - due to take place during 2014.
- Submission of Development Consent Order (DCO) to the Planning Inspectorate
The DCO will be produced by EDF following the refinement of their proposals as a result of the public consultation responses. The Planning Inspectorate may take up to a year to assess the application before making a recommendation to the Secretary of State (SoS). Following this recommendation the SoS will have up to three months to make the final decision.
Planning Performance Agreement
In November 2010 Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Coastal District Council and EDF Energy, the developer of the proposed new power station, were signatories to a Planning Performance Agreement (PPA). The PPA is an agreement stating that EDFE will underwrite the additional costs incurred by both local authorities. It will not prejudice the comments that the local authorities make on the application.
The signing of the PPA marked the beginning of a more formal, structured approach to the planning phase. This included the formation of the PPA Project Board which acts as the reference body for the development of the planning phase of the project. This board includes senior managers from the three organisations and the minutes can be viewed on the Suffolk Coastal website.
In June 2011, with the approval of the House of Commons, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change approved the National Policy Statements for Energy Infrastructure. These are the policies by which applications for major energy applications are judged, and as such, are relevant to the Sizewell proposals.
The county council’s responses to the earlier consultation on those policies can be viewed below.
February 2010 (PDF, 368 Kb)
February 2011 (PDF, 35 Kb)