YRM's Hinkley Point nuclear plant goes in for planning
YRM’s £10 billion Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant project in Somerset has been submitted to the Infrastructure Planning Committee (IPC)
Designed for French energy giant EDF Energy, the project is part of an 8-strong wave of new nuclear power stations set to be built on sites earmarked by the government.
The IPC will decide whether or not to give the green light to the project in the next 28 days.
The application was submitted as the government pledged £1 billion of Regional Growth Fund money to kickstart 100 projects and create 35,000 new jobs.
Prime minister David Cameron announced that two power plants in the north of England – at Thorpe Marsh and Ferrybridge – had been given the go-ahead.
He also said the government was on an ‘all-out mission’ to unblock the planning system this autumn.
Writing in today’s Financial Times, he said: ‘This year the UK came 28th in international rankings. In terms of future productivity, this infrastructure deficit is as serious as our budget deficit. In terms of job creation today, getting construction projects off the ground is critical.’
Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg told the BBC’s Today programme: ‘What we’re trying to do is invest public money, taxpayers’ money, into companies which can create jobs that last.
He added: ‘For every pound that will be invested from the Regional Growth Fund we estimate about £6 will be matched from the private sector.’
The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) accepted ‘for examination’ the application from EDF Energy on 23 November 2011. The application was submitted on 31 October 2011 and the decision to accept the application was made in accordance with section 55 of the Planning Act 2008. The IPC has 28 days from the day after the date of receipt of an application to decide whether or not to accept it.
The decision and a copy of the application can be viewed at the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station project page on the IPC website; www.independent.gov.uk/infrastructure
Michael Pitt, chair of the IPC, said: ‘We have considered very carefully the application submitted by EDF Energy and decided that it meets the required tests set out in the legislation to be accepted for IPC examination. ‘f course, this does not mean that consent will be given for the project to go ahead - acceptance of the application simply means that the Commissioners can begin to make arrangements for the formal examination of the application’.
It is now for EDF Energy to publicise the fact that its application has been accepted to proceed to examination and invite people who are interested in the proposal to register with the IPC as an interested party by making a relevant representation.