IPC accepts Hinkley nuclear application for examination

The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) has accepted for examination an application for a proposed nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset.

IPC chairman Sir Michael Pitt
IPC chairman Sir Michael Pitt
The Hinkley Point C application was submitted by energy firm EDF Energy on 31 October 2011.

The IPC says that EDF Energy will now publicise the fact that its application has been accepted to proceed to examination and invite people who are interested in the proposal to register with the IPC as an interested party by making a relevant representation.

IPC chair Sir Michael Pitt said: "We have considered very carefully the application submitted by EDF Energy and decided that it meets the required tests set out in the legislation to be accepted for IPC examination.

"Of course, this does not mean that consent will be given for the project to go ahead – acceptance of the application simply means that the commissioners can begin to make arrangements for the formal examination of the application."

Earlier this month, councils in the area said that the promoters of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station could have done more to involve local people in debate over the project.

In a joint report submitted to the IPC, Somerset County Council and Sedgemoor and West Somerset District Councils agreed that EDF Energy generally carried out the consultation activities promised before lodging its development consent order last month.

However, they said the energy company could have done more to engage with hard-to-reach groups in Bridgwater. They also voiced concern about the quality of some information presented for consultation and a lack of detailed evidence on some topics.

jamie.carpenter@haymarket.com

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