The Sizewell C Project
Whilst I am pleased that EDF have been forced to add an additional consultation phase to their plans for Sizewell C&D I am disappointed that the notice period for this consultation is so short and that the period for the consultation stretches over the summer holidays. Could you please use your powers to make EDF extend the consultation period to give everyone a fair chance to participate, otherwise it gives the impression that EDF are not serious about consulting and are trying to slip it in during the summer holidays.
The application has not yet been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate, the proposal is currently at the pre-application stage of the planning process, the developer is expecting to submit the applications in Q1 2020. Until the applications are submitted, your first point of contact should be the Applicant. I would therefore encourage you to contact EDF Energy directly ([email protected]). I note you have concerns about the way in which the Applicant is carrying out the pre-application consultation. You should let them know as soon as possible and allow them the opportunity to respond to any issues you raise. You can also make your local authority aware of your concerns. The Inspectorate will request the relevant local authorities’ view on the adequacy of the consultation at the point the application is submitted. Your email setting out your concerns will be kept on file. If you would like more information about the Planning Act 2008 process, please see “Advice Note Eight: Overview of the nationally significant infrastructure planning process for members of the public and others” which can be found along with other advice notes, here: attachment 1