Extension of consultation deadline for Transboundary Environmental Consultation on Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant, North Wales, UK
The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government has extended the deadline for the transboundary environmental consultation on the proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant in the UK, from close of business on 25 January to close of business on Friday 15 February 2019.
Last week Horizon Nuclear Power* announced that it was suspending its UK nuclear development programme, including plans for the proposed Wylfa Neywdd plant in Anglesey, North Wales. Following the announcement, the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government sought clarification from the UK Planning Inspectorate** on the implications of the announcement for the transboundary environmental consultation with Ireland.
Notwithstanding the announcement by Horizon Nuclear Power, the UK Planning Inspectorate has confirmed that the development consent application (planning application) for the Wylfa Newydd plant has not been withdrawn by the applicant, and it will be continuing with its assessment of the application for the Wylfa Newydd plant as normal.
Accordingly, the transboundary consultation between Ireland and the UK will continue with an extended deadline to afford additional time to those who wish to make a submission to do so at this important stage in the process. Anyone intending to make a submission is asked to make them on or before the new closing date - close of business on Friday 15 February 2019.
Submissions should be made in writing or email to the Planning Section in the planning authority for the area in which the person lives, or the head office of the body concerned is located. Full details on the consultation and the contact details for each planning authority are available in the public consultation section of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government’s website at https://www.housing.gov.ie/planning/other/transboundary-environmental-public-consultation-wylfa-newydd-nuclear-power-plant
The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government will not accept submissions or observations in relation to the project.
*Horizon Nuclear Power is the applicant for the proposed Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Plant
** The examining authority for the development consent application (planning application)