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Sizewell C delay to give locked down communities more time to have their say

Sizewell C is due to be built near Sizewell B on the Suffolk Coast Credit: PA Images

The energy firm EDF has delayed submitting its application to build a new nuclear power plant in Suffolk by "a few weeks" due to the coronavirus crisis.

The application for a development consent order to build the new Sizewell C nuclear plant, which would provide an estimated 7% of the UK's power, was due to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate by the end of March.

But, given the current situation, EDF said it had decided to defer submitting the application by a few weeks, and will allow more time for people to register as participants so local communities can take part in the process.

EDF also said it is liaising with the Planning Inspectorate to discuss how arrangements for considering the application could be flexed so communities are not disadvantaged by the current circumstances.

The final decision on whether to grant a development consent order to build Sizewell C will be taken by the Government.

The go-ahead for the new nuclear plant will also be subject to financial negotiations between EDF and the Government over levels and type of support the project would receive.<

"We are ready to submit the application but we recognise that many people in Suffolk, including the local authorities, are adjusting to new circumstances created by the coronavirus crisis.

"We will defer the submission for a few weeks and, once submitted, we will extend the period for registration to make it easier for people to participate.

– Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson, EDF's managing director of nuclear development

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