Hinkley Point C New Nuclear Power Station
Are developers required to submit a full copy of the application to a local authority at the same time as it is submitted to the IPC?
Is it appropriate for local authorities to publish the application before it is accepted for examination by the IPC?
Applicants are not required by the Planning Act 2008 or Regulations to supply any other party with the application documents when they are submitted to the IPC. Upon submission of the application, the IPC will provide a copy of any consultation report submitted, via a web link to the relevant local authorities, to assist them in making their adequacy of consultation statement.
If local authorities are supplied with the application documents by the applicant prior to any acceptance decision and then choose to make them publicly available they should be aware that the application may not ultimately be accepted for examination and this may prove confusing to the public. The public will not be consulted about the application by the IPC during the acceptance stage.