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Consultation on NPS for large nuclear power stations does not suggest new sites

Date: 14/12/2017

The Department for Energy last week launched a consultation into National Policy Statement EN6, which guides the process for identifying sites for nuclear power plants with a capacity larger than 1GW. The current statement, which covers the period until 2025, is proposed to be extended to 2035.

The consultation document states: "Government is of the view that, subject to the outcome of this consultation, the exclusionary and discretionary criteria by which the sites for the new NPS should be chosen should remain substantially the same as those used for the EN-6 process."

So far, according to Planning magazine only one site on the existing EN6 list - Hinkley Point C - has achieved a development consent order.

But Michael Wilks, Planning Officers Society spokesman for nationally significant infrastructure projects, told a Planning reporter the NPS was not to blame. He said: "It is written in similar terms to all other NPSs in providing a very positive basis for decision-making, dealing with the fundamental question of need. Other sectors are delivering schemes on the back of NPSs."

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