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First IPC applications dominated by nuclear, wind and grid

The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) has revealed the first projects likely to use it, and the schemes are dominated by energy projects with a single road scheme.

Five major wind farms and two new nuclear power stations are on on the list, as well as a biomass power plant, and two national grid connection projects.

IPC chair Sir Michael Pitt said: “The IPC will ensure that the public knows which projects are proposed for their areas as soon as these are confirmed to us.

“The projects we are highlighting today raise important issues for the nation and for local communities and we want the public to have confidence that their views will be heard.  In every case there will be an opportunity for an open floor hearing as part of the IPC examination process.” 

The IPC will begin taking applications from 1 March 2010, and will continue to run as an advisory body in the meantime.

Although no National Policy Statements (NPS) have yet been released - the government has pledged to publish them shortly. Once the NPS are published, the IPC will decide which applications will proceed.

Where applications exist without NPS, the IPC will instead make recommendations to the Secretary of State for approval.

Sir Michael continued: “We expect many more proposals to follow in the near future, as promoters begin to undertake the extensive public consultation which they must carry out under the new regime, before they can submit applications to the IPC.

“I would urge all members of the public affected by a project in their area to find out more about the improved opportunities created through the new regime, for them to have their say.”

LocationProposalCompany
Brechfa, CarmarthenshireWindfarmRWE Innogy
33km off Lincolnshire coastWindfarm at Triton KnollRWE Innogy
Hinkley Point, SomersetHinkley Point C nuclear power stationEdF
Sizewell, SuffolkSizewell C nuclear power stationEdF
Blyth, NorthumberlandBiomass power plantRES New Ventures Ltd
Llanllwni, CarmarthenshireWindfarmRES UK and Ireland
Nant-y-Moch, CeredigionWindfarmAirtricity
Cheeseman’s Green, KentAlterations to A2070 Orbital ParkHighways Agency
Dyfnant Forest,  CeredigionWindfarmScottish Power Renewables
Bramford to Twinstead Tee (Sizewell C connector)26km new overhead line and substation works and associated worksNational Grid
Bridgwater to Seabank (Hinkley Point C Connector)60km new overhead lineNational Grid

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