Development consent order application submitted for new Suffolk nuclear plant

An application for a development consent order (DCO) has been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for the proposed Sizewell C nuclear power station in Suffolk.

A visualisation of the finished SIzewell C scheme (pic: EDF)
A visualisation of the finished SIzewell C scheme (pic: EDF)

The new plant would sit adjacent to the operational Sizewell B plant and the decommissioned Sizewell A plant on the Suffolk coast between the towns of Aldeburgh and Southwold.

Energy firm EDF is behind the DCO application. According to a statement from the firm, once operational, the scheme would supply around six million homes with electricity.

EDF said that the new plant would follow the same design as the consented Hinkley Point C nuclear plant in Somerset, meaning Sizewell C "will benefit from significantly reduced construction costs and lower risk".

EDF said that, due to coronavirus restrictions, "extra measures will be put in place to make it easier for local communities to scrutinise the proposals once they are published".

"These include extending the pre-examination period to allow more time for interested parties to register with the Planning Inspectorate", the firm said.

Following the DCO application submission, there will be a 28-day period during which the Planning Inspectorate will assess whether the application is complete.

EDF said that, if the application is accepted, a full public examination could begin in the autumn.

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