Energy company EdF Energy today submitted its development consent application to the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) for its proposed Hinkley Point nuclear plant in Somerset.
The IPC said the submitted application appeared to be comfortably below the 80,000 pages that were rumoured to have been prepared for submission. An IPC spokesman said the main application document was approximately 30,000 pages in length and was accompanied by additional accompanying documents, but a precise page count was not yet available.
The IPC now has 28 days to decide whether to accept or reject the application. If it is accepted, the application will be made available on the IPC website and any member of the public will be able to register as an interested party.
If the Localism Bill currently before Parliament is enacted, the IPC will make a recommendation to the secretary of state for energy and climate change who will make the final decision whether or not to grant development consent. If the Localism Bill is not enacted, the IPC will have final say.