First new nuclear power station gains Development Consent Order (DCO) approval

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22 March 2013

EDF Energy's Hinckley Point C has become the first new nuclear power station to be consented in over 20 years, and the first of its kind to be approved under the DCO system for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects.

GL Hearn's Ian Shrubsall was the principal planning adviser on the project for five years, leading the site identification and land acquisitions in 2006, and from the very start of the new DCO system, developing a planning strategy for the site preparation planning applications and the DCO.

Commenting on the news Ian Shrubsall said:

“It is not often in your career you get to be involved as a pioneer at the start of a new consenting system, and for Hinckley Point it was certainly that, and has provided invaluable experience in how to prepare for and shape a DCO project. I am delighted to see the outcome is a successful decision."

Ian and GL Hearn's Infrastructure Planning team have since 2011 been the strategic planning advisers for another of the new generation of nuclear sites - Nugeneration's proposed new nuclear power station in Cumbria.

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It is not often in your career you get to be involved as a pioneer at the start of a new consenting system, and for Hinckley Point it was certainly that, and has provided invaluable experience in how to prepare for and shape a DCO project. I am delighted to see the outcome is a successful decision
Ian Shrubsall
Director

GL Hearn

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