Energy Secretary gives green light to Hinkley Point C nuclear power station
Energy Secretary Ed Davey has today given the go ahead for the new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.
The decision by Mr Davey follows an examination process by the Planning Inspectorate which met or exceeded all the statutory timescales laid down in the Planning Act 2008.
The application, amounting to over 30,000 pages and containing 800 plans and drawings, was submitted for consideration on October 31 2011.
More than 1,200 people registered an interest in the application and following a six month examination during which the public, statutory consultees and interested parties were given the opportunity to give evidence to the Examining Authority, a recommendation was made to the Energy Secretary on December 19 last year.
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Planning Inspectorate's chief executive, Sir Michael Pitt, said. "This was the largest application to be handled by the Planning Inspectorate under the planning Act 2008 and required a panel of five examining inspectors who were given the task of considering the evidence put to them by the interested parties."
"A major priority for us over the course of the examination was to ensure that communities who might be affected by this proposal had the opportunity to put forward their views."
"The examination of the application was completed within the timescales prescribed in the Planning Act and a recommendation made to the Energy Secretary. Today's decision by the Energy Secretary supports that recommendation."