Wylfa Newydd plans cleared to be­gin their of­fi­cial as­sess­ment

Western Mail - - SATURDAYBUSINESS -

PLANS for the £12bn Wylfa Newydd nu­clear plant have for­mally been ac­cepted for con­sid­er­a­tion by the Plan­ning In­spec­torate.

In ad­di­tion, four other key en­vi­ron­men­tal per­mits for Hori­zon Nu­clear Power have been cleared to be­gin their as­sess­ment by Nat­u­ral Re­sources Wales (NRW).

Hori­zon’s 41,000-page De­vel­op­ment Con­sent Or­der (DCO) sub­mis­sion was sub­mit­ted at the be­gin­ning of June, and has now com­pleted its statu­tory 28-day pe­riod of re­view by the Plan­ning In­spec­torate to en­sure it met the stan­dards re­quired.

Dun­can Hawthorne, CEO of Hori­zon Nu­clear Power, said: “This is a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone for Hori­zon and an im­por­tant step on the path to hav­ing all the per­mis­sions we need to build Wylfa Newydd.”

The DCO process now for­mally starts with the pre-ex­am­i­na­tion phase, where mem­bers of the pub­lic are in­vited by the Plan­ning In­spec­torate to be­come an in­ter­ested party by mak­ing a rel­e­vant rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

An ex­am­in­ing au­thor­ity is also ap­pointed at the pre-ex­am­i­na­tion stage, and all in­ter­ested par­ties will be in­vited to at­tend a pre­lim­i­nary meet­ing run and chaired by the ex­am­in­ing au­thor­ity.

Hori­zon’s ap­pli­ca­tion for a marine Li­cence, op­er­a­tions com­bus­tion per­mit, op­er­a­tions wa­ter dis­charge per­mit and con­struc­tion wa­ter dis­charge per­mit were “duly made” by Nat­u­ral Re­sources Wales and have now pro­gressed to the next stage of their re­spec­tive de­ter­mi­na­tion pro­cesses, with NRW hav­ing launched a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion process.

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