Public Consultation on Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Plant

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The Irish Transboundary Environmental Public Consultation  commenced this week.

What is Is About?

Projects likely to have significant effects on the environment of neighbouring States are subject to public consultation. Member states must send a description of the project and any available information on its possible transboundary impact at the same time as they inform their own citizens. Each planning authority in Ireland has recently received information  from the United Kingdom’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (DBEIS) about the development of Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Plant. This is under construction near Bridgwater, Somerset.  The information, in the form of a letter, refers to the planning consent granted for this development.

The deadline for receipt of comments has been extended for Ireland.

Who is looking after it?

The consultation is being carried out at local level by the 31 local authorities in line with regulations. The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government is coordinating a national approach to the consultation to avoid duplication of effort by the individual planning authorities.


How Do I Know What’s Happening?

Members of the public can view printed copies of the relevant documents in the head office of their local planning authority. These documents have been identified as relevant by the UK’s DBEIS.

A full set of the documents is also available on the website of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. Click the link for Documents lower down on the page.


What Do I do Next?

Submissions or observations are to be made directly to the planning authority for the area in which the member of the public lives or the head office of the body concerned is located. The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government will not be accepting submissions or observations. Leitrim residents contact:

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


The closing date for receipt of submissions or observations by the relevant planning authority is by close of business Tuesday 17 April 2018.

Click below for article in The Irish Independent, 20 Feb 2018

Explainer: All you need to know about Hinkley Point, the UK’s new nuclear power plant


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