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Wider context

CGN and EDF have formed an industrial agreement to build Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset, and develop Sizewell C (Suffolk) and Bradwell B (Essex). Whist Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C will use the UK EPR technology, it is proposed that Bradwell B uses the UK HPR1000 technology.

The GDA process is one step in the overall journey of developing a new nuclear power station; a number of other consents and permits are required from both regulators and government. These include, but are not limited to:

Nuclear Site Licence

The Nuclear Site Licence is granted by ONR and is a legal document which is issued for the full life cycle of the facility. It includes site-specific information and defines the number and type of installations permitted.

Environmental permits

The operator will need to apply to the Environment Agency for a number of permits under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 (as amended) (EPR 10) and the industrial emissions directive (IED) (2010/75/EU).

Development Consent Order

The operator will need to apply to the Planning Inspectorate for the Secretary of State to grant a Development Consent Order. This is equivalent to giving planning permission for the new power station.