Planning Inspectorate accepts West Burton C power station application for Examination


The application was submitted on 30 April 2019 and the decision to accept the application was made in accordance with section 55 of the Planning Act 2008 (as amended). The legislation allows 28 days from the day after the date of receipt of an application for the Planning Inspectorate to decide whether or not to accept it.

The (decision and a copy of the application documents)[ ] can be viewed at the West Burton C power station project page on the Inspectorate’s National Infrastructure Planning website:

The Planning Act 2008 (as amended) sets high standards for applications and places a strong duty upon developers to involve the local community, local authorities and other stakeholders in the development of their proposal, ahead of submission.

It is now for the EDF Energy (Thermal Generation) team to publicise the fact that its application has been accepted to proceed to Examination and invite people who are interested in the proposal to register with the Planning Inspectorate as an Interested Party by making a Relevant Representation.

Interested Parties in an application can:

  • Say what they agree or disagree with in the application and why

  • Comment on what other people have said in their representations

  • Attend the Preliminary Meeting and say how they think the application should be examined

  • Request that an Open Floor Hearing is held

  • Attend an Open Floor or Issue-Specific Hearing

  • Request to speak at a hearing.

Chief Executive, Sarah Richards said: “A major priority for us over the next few weeks is to continue our work with communities who are affected by this proposal, to ensure that the process is understood, and people know how and when to register as an Interested Party.”


Journalists wanting further information should contact the Planning Inspectorate’s Press Office, on: 0303 444 5004 or 0303 444 5005 or

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