The Sizewell C Project
Dear all, I think that EDFs planning application, now due for submission in April, for Sizewell C should be postponed until after Covid 19 pandemic for the following reasons: 1. This crisis will not be over ‘in a few weeks’. Government advisers indicate that there could be restrictions for the rest of the year. 2. The Planning Inspectorate is short of staff due to sickness and difficulties of getting to work. They may not have the resources to decide whether or not to accept EDF’s application within the required 28 days. 3. People who do not use the internet will be unable to go to libraries to see the documents. The same applies to anyone wanting to check the hard copy (for example the maps and diagrams which may be difficult to make out on screen). 4. While all our councils, parish, town, district and county, cannot meet, they also cannot help and advise the public. Nor can they represent us properly. Their resources are also limited due to sickness and inability of staff to get to work, so both East Suffolk and the County Council will be unable to carry out their duties fully as statutory consultees. 5. Government agencies, including the Environment Agency, Office for Nuclear Regulation and Natural England, all of whom are already short of funds and staff, will now be further compromised by Covid 19. They will not be able to respond fully to the documents, nor take full part in the Examination, nor engage with the public. The Environment Agency will be unable to hold the promised public consultations on licensing. 6. It will be impossible for the Planning Inspectorate to hold the Preliminary Meeting, whereby the public can make requests about how they would like the Examination to be carried out. Nor will the public be able to attend the Hearings. Regards Amy Rayner
Dear Ms Rayner, Thank you for your email. 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 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. 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.