Energy ministers at D-BEIS have for a second time delayed taking a final decision on the development consent order (DCO) for the Sizewell C nuclear plant. Whitehall’s approval had been expected this month for the project 3.2GW PWR reactors on the Suffolk coast. Instead a decision will now be taken no later than 8 July. Pledging in January £100 billion of pump-priming government support, which fell short of direct investment, Kwasi Kwarteng at the same time granted the Planning Inspectorate (PI) an extra six weeks, ending in February, to consider more than 20 revisions to developers EdF’s plans. The usual three month consultation on a PI approval would have yielded D-BEIS’s green light by 25 May. But energy minister Paul Scully announced last week that a further three months’ grace has been granted. “I have decided to set a new deadline of no later than 8 July 2022 for deciding this application”, Mr Scully stated to the Commons on Thursday. “This is to ensure there is sufficient time to fully consider further information provided by the applicant and interested parties in response to the secretary of state’s post-examination consultation”, the minister explained.
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Hundreds of people came out on the weekend to rail against plans for the giant Sizewell C nuclear power station on the Suffolk coastline. Protestors marched from Leiston to Sizewell beach on Sunday carrying banners which read ‘Chaos Coast, coming soon’ and ‘Enjoy Suffolk while you can’. They were met at Sizewell by co-leader of the Green Party, Adrian Ramsay.
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