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

25 January 2019 – Extension of consultation deadline for Transboundary Environmental consultation on proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant following Horizon Nuclear announcement last week

The consultation deadline for the transboundary environmental consultation on the proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant in the UK, from close of business today, 25 January to close of business on Friday 15 February 2019.

Following the announcement last week that Horizon Nuclear Power was suspending its UK nuclear development programme, including plans for the proposed Wylfa Neywdd plant in Anglesey, North Wales, 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has confirmed that the development consent application (planning application) for the Wylfa Newydd plant has not been withdrawn by the applicant, and it will be continuing with its assessment of the application for the Wylfa Newydd plant as normal.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 to this planning authority, on or before the new closing date – close of business on Friday 15 February 2019.

Information

See above further notice to the letter of notification dated 6 July 2018 received 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.

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, 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. Click here to visit the Department of Housing Planning and Local Government which explains in detail the process and also links to all documents associated with this Public Consultation.

Copy of the documents are also available for view and inspection at the Planning Department at Carlow County Council, County Buildings, Athy Road, Carlow R93E7R7 for inspection at the Planning Counter from 9.15pm to 5.00pm Monday to Friday. Please note however that Planning Counter Opening Hours are open from the hours of 9.15am to 3.30pm – Monday to Friday should wish to make a submission. Submissions can also be submitted via email to planningdevman@carlowcoco.ie .

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.

Anyone intending to make a submission is asked to make them to this planning authority, on or before the new closing date – close of business on Friday 15 February 2019.

Please refer to the Department of Housing Planning and Local Government for “Terms and Conditions” and “What will we do with your submissions or observations?”