Register of advice

The list below is a record of advice the Planning Inspectorate has provided in respect of the Planning Act 2008 process.

There is a statutory duty under section 51 of the Planning Act 2008 to record the advice that is given in relation to an application or a potential application and to make this publicly available. Advice we have provided is recorded below together with the name of the person or organisation who asked for the advice and the project it relates to. The privacy of any other personal information will be protected in accordance with our Information Charter which you should view before sending information to the Planning Inspectorate.

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Advice given between between 1 October 2009 and 14 April 2015 has been archived. View the archived advice.

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The Sizewell C Project View all advice for this project

17 April 2020
Farnham Environment Friends & Neighbours - Sarah Morgan on behalf of


I am asking the planning inspectorate to not accept EDF's DCO until at least sometime after the lockdown has ended . I alongside the Parish Council and members of FERN Farnham Environment Friends & Neighbours are having to do a lot of our own research/documentation and have employed a lawyer, experts who need access to the site and Records Office which is shut. We were told by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust only today that they would not be holding CWS meetings until the lockdown was over, so would not be able to provide us with the information we requested 5 months ago. No one is operating normal business at this time, there is also the element of sickness stalking us, the level of anxiety is high already. I am very concerned that this process cannot be undertaken fairly and fully until coronavirus has passed. Yours sincerely, Sarah Morgan FERN

Advice given

Dear Ms Morgan, Thank you for your email directed at both us and the Applicant. The process for applying for a Development Consent Order (DCO) is set out in the Planning Act 2008. The timing of the application is at the discretion of the Applicant. The project page will be updated when the application is received and when the decision on whether or not to accept the application for Examination is made. It is important to note that when an Applicant submits an application for development consent to the Planning Inspectorate that there then follows a period of up to 28 days for the Planning Inspectorate, on behalf of the Secretary of State, to decide whether or not the application meets the standards required to be accepted for Examination. The standards are set out in Section 55 of the Planning Act 2008 (as amended) and Regulations 5 and 6 of the Infrastructure Planning (Applications: Prescribed Forms and Procedure) Regulations 2009. All parties are encouraged to sign up for Email Updates using the button on the project page or via the link below: attachment 1;email= Email Updates will enable parties to observe what’s happening on the application after it has been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate. Should the application be accepted for Examination, it is important to note that if parties then wish to participate in the Examination they would need to register as an Interested Party at the appropriate time during the Pre-examination stage. If parties have signed up for the Email Updates they will receive a prompt when the registration period opens (the Relevant Representation period). For further information about registering as an Interested Party please see ‘Advice Note 8.2: How to register to participate in an Examination’. The Advice Note explains that if the Planning Inspectorate decides to accept an application for Examination, it will then be the Applicant’s duty to advertise the Relevant Representation period and provide details about how to register to become an Interested Party. The Applicant has said that it will extend this registration period beyond the statutory minimum of thirty days. Finally, with regard to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, please refer to the Planning Inspectorate’s published guidance which will be updated as the situation develops. attachment 2 I hope you find the above information helpful. Kind regards Liam

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