Planning Inspectorate Advice Note 11: Planning Act 2008 Nuclear Regulators

The purpose of this Annex is to help applicants for development consent for nuclear power stations understand the respective roles of the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), the Environment Agency (EA) and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) in the Planning Act 2008 process.

This note needs to be read in conjunction with the National Policy Statement for Nuclear Power Generation (NPS EN6) which was designated by the Secretary of State for Energy on 19 July 2011 and which provides guidance on the relationship between the regulatory framework and the planning regime for nuclear generating stations. The Nuclear Regulators recommend that applicants review the NPS EN6 and follow any policy regarding preapplication engagement.

The Planning Act 2008 (as amended) provides that the Secretary of State for Energy is the decision-maker for applications for development consent for nuclear generating stations.

This Annex provides a general overview of the role of the ONR, EA and NRW as nuclear regulators and explains how each will be involved in the consideration of an application for development consent for a nuclear generating station. (Annex A to Advice Note 11 provides an overview of NRW’s role in infrastructure planning in Wales, which includes functions formerly exercised by the Countryside Council for Wales and also marine licensing. Annex A should be read in conjunction with this Annex where schemes are proposed in Wales, or likely to have an effect on land in Wales, or Welsh territorial waters). (Similarly, Annex D to Advice Note 11 provides a generic overview of the role of the EA in England in infrastructure planning).

Date: April 2016 Date of publication

Author: Planning Inspectorate

This item updates DCP section 3.11


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