EDF is presenting its application for a Development Consent Order 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.
Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson, EDF’s Managing Director of Nuclear Development said:
‘‘We are ready to submit the application but we recognise that many people in Suffolk, including the Local Authorities, are adjusting to new circumstances created by the coronavirus crisis. We will defer the submission for a few weeks and once submitted we will extend the period for registration to make it easier for people to participate. During more than 8 years of consultation we have worked hard to be transparent and to allow everyone who has an interest in the project to have their say. We will continue to do so in these difficult times.”
Sizewell C will help the UK stay in control of its energy transition by producing low-carbon, always-on electricity made in Britain. Replicating the Hinkley Point C design will allow for lower construction costs.
Sizewell C will bring huge investment and job opportunities across Britain and especially to the Suffolk area. It is important that the planning process moves forward so that if Sizewell C is approved it can play its part in helping the UK to recover once the coronavirus crisis is over.
Since 2012, more than 10,000 local residents and organisations have taken part in four stages of public consultation.
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.