Our proposals at West Burton

EDF Energy is developing proposals for a new gas-fired peaking plant power station of up to 299 megawatts (MW) at the existing West Burton Power Station site, to be known as West Burton C.

EDF Energy invests in a wide range of energy technologies to meet the United Kingdom’s future demand for electricity. With the growth of renewable generation, the ability to meet short periods of peak demand and/or shortfalls in electricity production and provide ancillary services to the National Grid with flexible generation is increasingly important. EDF Energy is seeking consent to construct a 299MW gas-fired power station to meet these needs.

Informal and Formal Consultation

EDF Energy commenced consultation on the development proposals in 2017, involving engagement with local authorities, environmental and technical consultees, elected members and the local community. The formal consultation stage was carried out during September and October 2017, providing key stakeholders and the local community with an opportunity to formally comment on the proposals and preliminary environmental information.  Thank you to all those who engaged and commented on the proposal. The feedback has informed our proposals and assessment work. 

Application for Development Consent

The application for development consent was submitted to the Secretary of State on 30th April 2019 and accepted for examination on 23 May 2019. A copy of the application form and its accompanying documents (including the Environmental Statement), plans and maps may be inspected free of charge at the following locations, during the hours set out below. 

Deposit LocationOpening Hours
Gainsborough Library - Cobden Street, Gainsborugh, Lincolnshire, DN21 2NGMonday to Wednesday: 9am to 5pm; Thursday: 9am to 6pm; Friday: 9am to 5pm; Saturday: 9am to 1pm; Sunday: closed
Retford Library - Churchgate, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 6PEMonday to Friday: 9am to 6pm; Saturday: 9am to 4pm; Sunday: closed
Bassetlaw District Council: Worksop office - Queen’s Buildings, Potter Street, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 2AHMonday to Friday: 9am to 5pm; Saturday and Sunday: closed
Bassetlaw District Council: Retford office - 17B The Square, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 6DBMonday to Friday: 9am to 5pm; Saturday and Sunday: closed
West Lindsey District Council office - Guildhall, Marshall’s Yard, Gainsborough, DN21 2NAMonday to Friday: 9am to 5pm; Saturday and Sunday: closed

The documents will be available to view from 26 June to 30 August 2019. Throughout this period, copies of the application documents can be provided in paper copy for a fee of £450 or on a USB stick free of charge. To request a copy, email enquiries@westburtonc.co.uk or write to FREEPOST WBC.  The application documents are also available to view online on the Planning Inspectorate’s project-specific website.

Commenting on the Application

Representations on the application should be made direct to the Planning Inspectorate by 23:59 on 30 August 2019. Any representations (giving notice of any interest in or objection to the application) must be made on a “Relevant Representation” form, which can be completed online at the Planning Inspectorate’s project-specific website or obtained from the Planning Inspectorate by telephoning 0303 444 5000.

The Planning Inspectorate’s Advice Note 8.2: How to Register to Participate in an Examination (December 2016) provides further guidance on how to register as an interested party and make a representation. It can be accessed here.

Relevant representation forms must be completed online or sent to National Infrastructure Planning, The Planning Inspectorate, Temple Quay House, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN. The Planning Inspectorate’s project reference must be quoted in any correspondence - EN010088. Any representations must be received by the Planning Inspectorate by 23:59 on 30 August 2019. Please note all representations will be made public and will be available to view on the Planning Inspectorate’s website.


If you wish to take part in the examination and make your views known please do this via the Planning Inspectorate, using the information provided above. In the meantime, the team are meeting key stakeholders and have offered to present the proposals and take questions from the local parish councils. If you would like the Project team to attend one of your parish council meetings or would like to speak with the EDF Energy team please contact us via enquiries@westburtonc.co.uk

West Burton C Timeline

Key Milestones for Securing Planning Consent

West Burton Site
Summer 2017

EIA Scoping Exercise

Status: completed

July - Aug 2017

Informal Engagement

Status: completed

Sep - Oct 2017

Formal Consultation

Status: completed

May 2019

Application accepted

Status: completed

Stakeholders can register their interest to be involved in the examination by 30 August 2019.


Examination of the Application

Status: future plans


Decision by the Secretary of State

Status: future plans

Contact Us

Please contact us with any questions or comments using the contact details below:

Email: externalcomms@edfenergy.com

Media Requests: 01524 863 565 (Martyn Butlin)

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