Nuclear sites put forward

Two nuclear power stations will be among the first wave of development consent applications that the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) expects to receive.

EDF Energy has put forward proposals for Hinkley Point in Somerset and Sizewell in Suffolk. Five major wind farms, a biomass power plant and two national grid connection projects also feature on the initial list.

The wind farm projects include RWE Innogy schemes at Brechfa in Carmarthenshire and at Triton Knoll, 33km off the Lincolnshire coast, and an Airtricity proposal at Nant-y-Moch in Ceredigion.

IPC chairman Sir Michael Pitt said: "The commission will ensure that the public knows which projects are proposed in their areas as soon as these are confirmed to us. We want the public to have confidence that their views will be heard."

The IPC, whose role is currently restricted to advising on procedures, will start taking applications from 1 March next year.

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