Sizewell C submits planning application

EDF Energy

The application to build Sizewell C, a new nuclear power station in Suffolk, has been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate. Sizewell C will be a near replica of Hinkley Point C in Somerset.

The DCO application was deferred for two months in recognition of the extraordinary circumstances created by the Coronavirus. The pre-examination period  has been extended to allow more time for interested parties to register with the Planning Inspectorate.


In the East of England, Sizewell C is expected to boost training and employment opportunities for young people and create long-term, well-paid jobs. Once operational, it will employ 900 people in high-skilled positions based in Suffolk. EDF Energy claims up to 70% of the construction value will be spent with firms across the UK, including in the East of England, Wales, and in the North.


The application for a Development Consent Order follows four rounds of public consultation which began in 2012. More than 10,000 residents and organisations in Suffolk have contributed their views and helped to shape the final proposals.


Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson CBE, Managing Director, Sizewell C said: “Sizewell C is a net zero infrastructure project ready to kick-start the economy following the Coronavirus crisis. It will offer thousands of high-quality job opportunities and long-term employment for people living in Suffolk and it will strengthen the nuclear supply chain across the country. On top of the economic benefits, Sizewell C will avoid 9 million tonnes of CO2 being pumped into the atmosphere each year. The project will play a key role in lowering emissions while helping the UK keep control of its low carbon future.”


John Dugmore, Chief Executive, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce said: “Sizewell C’s DCO application is momentous for businesses and residents in Suffolk. It will boost training and employment opportunities across the county and attract investment to regenerate rural areas and towns.”


After the DCO application has been submitted there will be a 28-day period during which the Planning Inspectorate will assess whether the application is complete. Documents are not made public at this stage. If the application is accepted, the period for public registration will be extended to make it easier for people to participate. Full public examination is not expected to begin until the Autumn.