Hinkley Point planning application attacked by MP
MP has this week quizzed the Secretary of State for Energy on
how residents are supposed to be able to consider EDF's Hinkley
Point planning application when it amounts to a massive 145,000
During a debate in the House of Commons, Tessa Munt said: "The
Hinkley Point application has been received. I understand that
it is a 95,000-page application, with 50,000 pages of supporting
"How are local people and the statutory authorities that
are meant to consider that information supposed to be able to
do that with any sense of fairness?"
Huhne, Secretary of State, Energy and Climate Change, responded:
"I understand that, either today or yesterday, planning permission
was requested for the first new reactor at Hinkley Point."
"All I can say to her on the planning process is that it
is completely transparent and open."
"If local people want advice from a number of different
sources, they will obviously be able to go to those sources."
"There will be absolutely no shortage of legal or other
expertise available to them to do that."
"I am confident that they will be able to understand the
purport of the application for planning permission that has been