Hinkley Point C New Nuclear Power Station

What happens next

A decision on the application for a development consent order for Hinkley Point C New Nuclear Power Station was taken on 19 March 2013 and has now been issued.

The period for legal challenge is defined in s118 of the Planning Act 2008. Further information about legal challenge can be found in the letter sent to all interested parties accompanying the statement of reasons.

If you have any queries about the process please email the Planning Inspectorate at enquiries@infrastructure.gsi.gov.uk or telephone the helpdesk on 0303 444 5000.

Timeline (35 items)

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Decision made by the Secretary of State
19 March 2013
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The Examining Authority has issued its recommendation to the Secretary of State. A decision will be published on or before 19 March 2013. Please note that the Examining Authority’s recommendation will also be made available at that point.

19 December 2012
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Recommendations given by the Planning Inspectorate
19 December 2012
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The Panel has concluded its examination of the Hinkley Point C application and has sent a letter to Interested Parties.

Now that the examination is closed the Panel will no longer be able to receive written representations and submissions about this application.

The Panel must prepare a report on the application to the relevant Secretary of State, including a recommendation, within 3 months of the end of the six month examination period. The Secretary of State then has a further 3 months to make the decision on whether to grant or refuse development consent.

21 September 2012
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Examination ends
21 September 2012
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Interested Parties are invited to comment on the following 2 sets of documents and appendices by 12 noon on 7 September 2012:

Final Form DCO and appendices as proposed by the applicant (ZIP 4 MB)

Engrossed Planning Obligation (s.106 Agreement) – web version without signatures (PDF 506 KB)
Engrossed Planning Obligation (s.106 Agreement) Annexes 1 – 16 (ZIP 15 MB)
Engrossed Planning Obligation (s.106 Agreement) Plans 1 – 10 (ZIP 20 MB)

A set of Navigation Documents has been provided by the applicant to aid understanding of these documents. This is provided for information only.

Navigation Documents for information only (ZIP 13 MB)

31 August 2012
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Please note that the following documents submitted by the applicant have now been published:

EDF’s Response to Otterhampton Parish Council’s Suggested Requirements (PDF 6MB).

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23 August 2012
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Letter sent to interested parties inviting comments on the final form development consent order and signed planning obligation. Both documents due to be submitted on 31 August. The letter also includes notification of a site inspection.

22 August 2012
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Please note that the following documents submitted by the applicant have now been published and placed on deposit at the deposit locations.

Latest EDF Submissions:
- A ‘final form’ of the DCO Section 106 Agreement (PDF 37 MB)
- A ‘final form’ of the DCO Section 106 Agreement (excluding plans & appendices) (PDF 3 MB)
- A comparison of the final form S106 against the version submitted on 31 May (PDF 3 MB)
- Updated DCO document (PDF 2 MB)
- Revised Requirements (PDF 466 KB)
- Highways Position Statement (PDF 127 KB)

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9 August 2012
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A letter to interested parties containing agendas and information regarding issue specific hearings being held between 21 – 24 August 2012 and details of other submissions accepted by the Panel has been published.

6 August 2012
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A letter to Interested Parties containing information about the date, time and place of an Open Floor Hearing on 6 September 2012 and 2 requests by the Panel for further information has been published.

26 July 2012
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Audio recordings of the issue specific hearing that took place on 17 and 18 July have now been published. Please be aware that these files are very large and may take a considerable time to download on slower internet connections.

17 July morning session (MP3 228 MB)
17 July afternoon session (MP3 246 MB)
18 July morning session (MP3 220 MB)
18 July afternoon session (MP3 119 MB)

23 July 2012
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Notification sent to Interested Parties which includes:

  1. Notification about an Issue Specific Hearing on 14 August 2012
  2. Notification of the opportunity to comment on responses to the Panel’s further questions
  3. Notification that the Panel has accepted some submissions outside of the examination timetable and Interested Parties’ opportunity to comment on them
  4. Details about Other Submissions accepted by the Panel – for Information Purposes Only
12 July 2012
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Audio recordings are now available to download on the hearings page (use the filter button titled “Issue Specific Hearing – 26-06-2012 – 0900 – The Exchange, Bridgwater”)

5 July 2012
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The Examining Authority has issued further questions to interested parties. Please refer to the covering letter and annex to the letter. Deadline to comment is 12pm on 9 July 2012.

19 June 2012
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Updated documents have been published and a period for comments by interested parties is now open until the deadlines specified below. Please note that some of these documents have a large file size and may take longer to download on slower internet connections.

EDF Updated Draft Development Consent Order and Proposed Mitigation (PDF 29 MB) – deadline to comment is 12pm on 5 July 2012

Revised Local Impact Report submitted jointly by Somerset County Council, Sedgemoor District Council and West Somerset Council (please see links below)- deadline to comment is 12pm on 5 July 2012
Errata (PDF 788 KB)
Addendum A (PDF 82 MB)
Addendum B (PDF 16 MB)

19 June 2012
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A notification has been issued for an Issue Specific Hearing on the Development Consent Order and Mitigation Measures on 26th June 2012.

6 June 2012
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Written representations, local impact reports and statements of common ground have now been published on the corresponding pages.

Please note that the combined local impact report submitted by Sedgemoor District Council, West Somerset Council and Somerset County Council has been split into a number of zip files due to the size of the report.

14 May 2012
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The Examining Authority has published a procedural decision to accept changes to the application proposed by the applicant. These changes were introduced to the Examining Authority at the Preliminary Meeting. Read the letter

The revised application documents can be viewed on the application documents page (use the “Post submission changes” filter button).

25 April 2012
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A notification has been published for Open Floor Hearings taking place during May in Cannington, Combwich, Bridgwater and Stogursey.

13 April 2012
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The examination timetable (Rule 8 letter) has been sent to interested parties

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting

27 March 2012
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Examination begins
22 March 2012
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Preliminary Meeting takes place
21 March 2012
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don’t forget to do something this afternoon!

6 March 2012
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Relevant representations published on the website
7 February 2012
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Registration of interested parties closes
23 January 2012
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The application has been accepted for examination

28 December 2011
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Paper copies of the application documents have been deposited at the following locations:

- Sedgemoor District Council, Bridgwater House, King Square, Bridgwater, TA6 3AR
- West Somerset Council, West Somerset House, Killick Way, Williton, TA4 4QA
- EDF Energy Bridgwater office, 14 King Square, Bridgwater, TA6 3DG
- Taunton Library, Paul Street, Taunton, TA1 3XZ

6 December 2011
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Registration of interested parties begins
2 December 2011
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Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
24 November 2011
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Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
31 October 2011