Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Planning consent decision for Hinkley Point C

19 March, 2013

ONR notes today’s decision by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to grant a Development Consent Order to NNB GenCo in relation to its proposed new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C in Somerset.

Last year, ONR granted a nuclear site licence to NNB GenCo for Hinkley Point C.   NNB GenCo is now required to comply with 36 conditions attached to a nuclear site licence. These conditions provide ONR with the necessary regulatory powers to ensure the protection of people and society from the hazards associated with such nuclear power generation. 

As well as granting a nuclear site licence at the end of last year, ONR, along with the Environment Agency, confirmed that the general design of the nuclear reactor NNB GenCo wants to build at Hinkley is suitable for construction in the UK.

ONR must now be satisfied with NNB GenCo’s arrangements before we consent to the start of nuclear related construction. 

All of ONR’s site licensing assessment reports are now available online to help explain how and why we reached our decision.  Read them here.

You can also read more about our role in nuclear site licensing.