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Sizewell C DCO application delayed

Words: Laura Edgar
Sizewell C / EDF

EDF has announced that it will submit its application for a development consent order (DCO) for a nuclear power station ‘slightly later than planned’ because of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

The application for Sizewell C was due to be submitted by the end of March to the Planning Inspectorate, where it would have been considered under the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) regime.

The delay will allow time for more people to register as participants for the public examination phase of the process in applying for a DCO, said EDF.

In addition, the company said it is working with the inspectorate to discuss how the normal procedure can be “flexed so that communities are not disadvantaged by the current difficult circumstances”.

Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson, EDF’s managing director of nuclear development, said: ‘‘We are ready to submit the application but we recognise that many people in Suffolk, including the local authorities, are adjusting to new circumstances created by the coronavirus crisis. We will defer the submission for a few weeks and once [it is] submitted we will extend the period for registration to make it easier for people to participate. During more than eight years of consultation we have worked hard to be transparent and to allow everyone who has an interest in the project to have their say. We will continue to do so in these difficult times.”

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