Sizewell B Nuclear Power Generating Station wins Planning Permission. 22Jul2011

Our work for EDF Energy commenced with a review of the client’s and its technical advisers Best Practicable Environmental Option (BPEO).  We assisted in the identification of “options” and ensured that the main options considered by the client were outlined in the application’s accompanying environmental statement, as “alternatives”.

We assisted the client in consultation with public and statutory bodies on both the proposed scheme and draft application and environmental statement. With Royal Haskoning, we produced a request for a scoping opinion and submitted the same to the Secretary of State for the Department of Environment and Climate Control (DECC).  DECC’s scoping opinion was reviewed and dissected so as to formally scope of the Dry Fuel Stores environmental statement. We worked with the client and its various technical topic experts to determine relevant EIA study areas, emissions data and expert assessments as to the significance (or otherwise) of environmental effects.

In tandem with the production of the environmental statement, we drafted the planning statement together with a written application to the Secretary of State under the Electricity Act 1989, Section 36. We also assisted in the completion of the necessary Form B Consultation Documentation with both Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Coastal District Council, the relevant planning authorities. 

Whilst this matter was before the Secretary of State we drafted and negotiated planning conditions and achieved cross party agreement. Immediately prior to the issue of the Section 36 Consent and deemed grant of planning permission we negotiated drafted and completed a Section 106 Agreement in respect of several planning obligations.  As part of the planning permission requirements, we are assisting the client in the negotiation and completion of a Section 278 Highways Agreement.

Finally, and as now required by the Environment and Impact Assessment Regulations 2011, we have advised and drafted a request for a Scoping Opinion in respect of several proposed Subsequent Applications for Subsequent Consent.  Our work has included advising on the need for the Subsequent Applications to be accompanied by the original environmental statement and, with regard to newly identified environmental information, the production of further environmental information.