Each planning authority in Ireland has recently received information in the form of a letter of notification dated 8 July 2020 from the United Kingdom’s Planning Inspectorate (PINS) to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (DHPLG) relating to an application for development consent (planning application) for the proposed Sizewell C Nuclear Power Station, which is to be constructed in Suffolk, England, UK.
The letter from the UK’s PINS states that the Secretary of State has received an application in respect of the proposed development includes two UK European Pressurised Reactor UK EPR™ reactor units, giving a total site capacity of approximately 3,340MW, along with associated development required for the construction or operation of the Sizewell C Nuclear Power Station or to mitigate its impacts.
The Sizewell C Project comprises the main nuclear power station facility and associated developments in order to facilitate construction and operation of the nuclear power station including;
- Off-shore cooling water infrastructure and other marine works,
- Temporary construction areas and the relocation, demolition and replacement of certain existing ancillary facilities associated with the operational Sizewell B nuclear power station,
- A number of associated development works away from the main site which are required to facilitate construction or operation, including;
- Two temporary park and ride sites to manage traffic generated by the construction workforce,
- Permanent road bypasses, link roads and highway improvements to alleviate traffic and mitigate road safety effects during construction and operation,
- Temporary freight management facilities during construction; and
- Temporary and permanent extensions and improvements to existing railway infrastructure.
A printed copy of the application and all other documentation, including extracts from the applicant’s Environmental Statement, will be available for public inspection during office hours in each local authority office from Wednesday 2 September 2020. However, due to the effects of Covid19 inspection of these documents may be by appointment only. It is advised that contact is made with your local authority prior to travelling to view the documentation, in order to clarify if you need to make an appointment. A copy may be purchased from the authority at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of copying. A submission or observation relating to the proposed development may be made to the Planning Authority for the area in which the person lives by 4pm on Wednesday, 28th October, 2020 at the latest. Contact details for each planning authority are set out in the public consultation notice, which is available to view in the public consultation section of the website of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government at www.housing.gov.ie. Cork County Council’s email address for receipt of submissions or observations is PlanningSizewell@corkcoco.ie .
All documentation related to the development consent application for the proposed development, including additional or amending documentation accepted at the discretion of the UK Planning Inspectorate is also available to view on the website of the UK Planning Inspectorate.
Notice of this proposed development was published in the Irish Times, Irish Independent (also in Seachtain, the Irish language supplement), and the Irish Examiner on 2nd September, 2020. A copy of this notification may be viewed below.