The Sizewell C Project

Enquiry received via email

The Sizewell C Project

17 April 2020
Justin Dowley

Enquiry

I am writing having heard that EDF intends to proceed with a DCO application in relation to Sizewell C despite the current COVID19 lockdown. It seems so obvious as hardly to need saying that in the current circumstances a proper process cannot take place. The logistical problems associated with the lockdown mean that a full public engagement and discussion cannot happen. The right course of action would of course be for EDF to delay its application until normal life has been restored. Yours sincerely Justin Dowley

Advice given

Dear Mr Dowley, 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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