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Transboundary Environmental Public Consultation - Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Plant, Anglesey, North Wales, UK

Why is this consultation being undertaken?

Under the terms of the 1991 United Nations Convention on environmental impact in a transboundary context (the Espoo Convention), and the EU Directive 2011/92/EU on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment (the EIA Directive), Member States are required to engage in transboundary public consultation in respect of projects likely to have significant effects on the environment of neighbouring States as part of the environmental impact assessment of a proposed development. For this purpose, the Member State in whose territory the project is intended to be carried out is required to send to the affected State, no later than when informing its own public, a description of the project and any available information on its possible transboundary impact.

Each planning authority in Ireland has recently received information in the form of a letter of notification dated 6 July 2018 from the United Kingdom’s Planning Inspectorate (PINS) to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (DHPLG) relating to an application for development consent (planning application) for the proposed Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Plant, which is to be constructed in north Wales.  

The letter from the UK’s PINS states that the Secretary of State has received an application in respect of the proposed Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Plant, which principally comprises a proposed new nuclear electricity generating station on the north coast of Anglesey, in north Wales with a projected electrical output of approximately 3.1 gigawatts. The proposed development would also include permanent and temporary works in the marine environment; off-site power station facilities including a control centre, laboratory and   emergency equipment garage; and associated development comprising a worker accommodation campus, temporary park and ride facility, construction logistics centre and highway improvements.

The proposed development is subject to an environmental impact assessment procedure and the UK’s PINS has identified that the proposed development has potential transboundary effects on the environment in Ireland. The UK’s PINS is currently examining the development consent application for the proposed development. The UK’s PINS will submit a report on the application, including a recommendation to grant or refuse development consent, to the UK’s Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy who will then make the decision whether to grant or refuse development consent.

The letter of 6 July 2018 provides details of where further information on the proposed development can be found on the UK’s PINS website – see also link provided under “How to participate”  below. The UK’s PINS has since agreed, in the case of Ireland, to extend the deadline set down in the letter of 6 July 2018 for receipt of comments.

Incorrect link in public notice in Irish Times, Irish Independent and Irish Examiner on 22 November 2018

The public notice that appeared in the Irish Times, Irish Independent and the Irish Examiner on 22 November 2018 about this consultation contained an incorrect link in the second last paragraph of the notice to the website of the UK’s PINS. The correct link to the website of the UK’s PINS is provided in the section “How to participate” below.

How to participate

The letter of 6 July 2018 from the UK’s PINS can be accessed in the “Documents” section below, together with the documents appearing to be most relevant for the purposes of the transboundary consultation.  A printed copy of these documents, including extracts from the applicant’s Environmental Statement, are now available for public inspection during office hours at the offices of each planning authority in Ireland for the duration of the transboundary consultation period and a copy may be purchased from the authority at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of copying.   All documentation related to the development consent application for the proposed development, including additional or amending documentation accepted at the discretion of the UK’s PINS, is also available to view on the website of the UK’s PINS at:  Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station | National Infrastructure Planning

Making submissions or observations

A submission or observations in relation to the potential transboundary environmental effects of the development may be made in writing or by e-mail 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 (see contact details for each planning authority at the bottom of this page).  All submissions or observations must—

  1. be titled “Transboundary environmental public consultation – Wylfa Newydd   Nuclear Power Plant,
  2. include the name and address of the person, authority or body making the submission or observations and the name of the person, if any, acting on behalf of that person, authority or body, and;
  3. include reasons, considerations and arguments on which the submission or observations is based.

Please also refer to “Terms and Conditions” and  “What will we do with your submissions or observations?” below.

Deadline for submissions or observations

The deadline for the receipt of written submissions or observations by the planning authority under this transboundary consultation process is by close of business on Friday 25 January 2019 at the latest.  Submissions or observations will not be individually acknowledged or responded to by the planning authority. The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government will not accept submissions or observations in relation to the project.

Terms and Conditions

Respondents are advised that the Department is subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2014 and Data Protection legislation. 

With the exception of a name and address, personal, confidential or commercially sensitive information should not be included in your submission or observations and it will be presumed that all information contained in your submission is releasable under the Freedom of Information Act 2014.

What will we do with your submissions or observations?

After the period for making a submission or observations closes, each planning authority will consult with the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government. As part of this consultation with the Minister, each planning authority will send on copies of the submissions or observations received and a summary of same to the Department for Housing, Planning and Local Government. Once this process is complete, each planning authority will forward to the UK’s Planning Inspectorate all submissions or observations it receives through this public consultation and a summary of same. Submissions or observations received or a summary of same will be published on the website of the UK’s PINS, and may be published on the website of the planning authority concerned. The Department for Housing, Planning and Local Government will not publish any submissions or observations or a summary of same.

Privacy Statement


Contact details for submissions or observations

Planning authority

Postal Address

Consultation e-mail address

Phone No.

Carlow County Council


Planning Department, Carlow County Council, County Buildings, Athy Road, Carlow R93 PH31

059 917 0300

Cavan County Council

Planning Section, Cavan County Council, Farnham Centre, Farnham Street, Cavan H12 AT31


049 437 8300

Clare County Council

Planning Department, Clare County Council, Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis,
Co. Clare V95 DXP2

065 682 1616

Cork City Council


Planning Department, Cork City Council, City Hall, Anglesea Street, Cork T12 T997

021 496 6222                      

Cork County Council


Planning Department, Cork County Council, Floor 3 – Tower, County Hall, Cork T12 R2NC

021 427 6891

Donegal County Council

The Planning Authority, Donegal County Council, County House, The Diamond, Lifford, Co. Donegal F93 Y622

074 915 3900

Dublin City Council


Planning & Property Development Department, Block 4, Floor 3, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 D08 RF3F



01 222 2222

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

Planning Secretariat, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, County Hall, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin A96 K6C9

01 205 4700

Fingal County Council


Planning & Strategic Infrastructure Department, Fingal County Council County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co. Dublin K67 X8Y2


01 890 5000

Galway City Council


Planning Department, Galway City Council, City Hall, College Road, Galway H91 X4K8

091 536 400

Galway County Council


Planning Section, Galway County Council, Áras an Chontae, Prospect Hill, Galway H91 H6KX

091 509 000

Kerry County Council

Planning Section, Kerry County Council, Áras an Chontae, Rathass, Tralee Co. Kerry V92 H7VT

066 718 3500

Kildare County Council

Planning Section, Kildare County Council, Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, Co. Kildare W91 X77F

045 980 200

Kilkenny County Council


Planning Section, Kilkenny County Council, County Hall, John Street, Kilkenny, R95 A39T


056 779 4000

Laois County Council

Planning Section, Laois County Council, Áras an Chontae, JFL Ave, Portlaoise, Co. Laois R39 EHP9

057 866 4000

Leitrim County Council


Planning Department, Leitrim County  Council,Áras an Chontae, St. George’s Tce. Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim N41 PF67


071 962 0005

Limerick City and County Council


Planning Section, Floor 1, Limerick City & County Council Offices, Dooradoyle Road, Limerick V94 WV78

061 556 000

Longford County Council

Planning Department, Longford County Council, Áras an Chontae, Great Water Street, Longford N39 NH56

043 334 3300

Louth County Council


Planning Section, Louth County Council, Town Hall, Crowe Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth A91 W20C

1890 202 303

Mayo County Council

Planning Section, Mayo County Council, Áras an Chontae, The Mall, Castlebar, Co. Mayo F23 WF90

094 902 4444

Meath County Council

Planning Section, Meath County Council, Buvinda House, Dublin Road, Navan, Co. Meath C15 Y291

046 909 7000

Monaghan County Council

Planning Section, Monaghan County Council, County Offices, The Glen, Monaghan H18 YT50

047 30 500

Offaly County Council


Planning Section, Offaly County Council, Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly R35 F893


057 934 6800

Roscommon County Council

Planning Section, Roscommon County Council, Áras an Chontae, Church Road, Roscommon F42 VR98

090 663 7100

Sligo County Council


Planning Section, Sligo County Council, County Hall, Riverside, Sligo F91 Y763

071 911 1111

South Dublin County Council


Planning Department, South Dublin County Council, County Hall, Belgard Square North, Tallaght, Dublin 24 D24 YNN5


01 414 9000

Tipperary County Council

Planning Section, Tipperary County Council, Civic Offices, Limerick Road, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary E45 A099

076 106 5000

Waterford City and County Council


The Planning Department, Waterford City and County Council, 1st Floor, Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford X91 FXN4

076 110 2020

Westmeath County Council

Planning Section, Westmeath County Council, Áras an Chontae, Mount Street, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath N91 FH4N

044 933 2000

Wexford County Council

Planning Section, Wexford County Council, County Hall, Carricklawn, Wexford Y35 WY93

053 919 6000

Wicklow County Council

Planning Section, Wicklow County Council, County Buildings, Station Road, Wicklow A67 H026

0404 20 100


Status History

Status - Open
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Friday, January 25, 2019