EDF Energy has given assurances that proposals for the planned Sizewell C nuclear power plant in the UK will be given ample time for public discussion if the coronavirus lockdown continues. Opponents the Sizewell C nuclear plant had called for the Development Consent Order (DCO) to be put on hold until all movement restrictions ended. However, EDF Energy intends to submit its plans to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) in the next few weeks. EDF energy has written to all town and parish councils in the region to explain how the planning process will work. Its letter outlines measures being put in place to allow more time for key elements of the consultation process. Once the DCO is submitted, it will be 28 days before it is formally accepted by PINS and then published online. The application runs to many thousands of pages, EDF Energy said.
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Campaigners have made fresh calls for EDF Energy to delay its Sizewell C planning consent submission until after the lockdown is over – amid concerns that it would be “intolerable and unfair” to add extra anxiety to people at this time. The company intends to make a Development Consent Order (DCO) for the twin-reactor nuclear power station in the next few weeks. It has assured the public that there will be time for them to give their views, even if the restrictions on movement because of the coronavirus continue. A total of 54 town and parish councils in east Suffolk have already written to EDF asking for the DCO to be put on hold until after the crisis is over. In a joint statement, Stephen Brett, chairman of Theberton and Eastbridge Parish Council, and Tim Beach, chairman of Snape Parish Council, who led the letter from town and parish councils, said: “EDF’s reply to 54 town and parish councils fails to adequately address the constraints that we, the district council and county council are under, and our need to focus on maintaining core services.
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