Transboundary Environmental Public Consultation - Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Plant UK

 Why is this consultation being undertaken?

Under the terms of EU Directive 2011/92/EU on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment (the EIA Directive) and the 1991 United Nations Convention on environmental impact in a transboundary context (the Espoo Convention), 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. For this purpose, the Member State in whose territory the project is intended to be carried out shall send to the affected State, no later than when informing its own public, a description of the project and any available information on its possible transboundary impact.


Each planning authority in Ireland has recently received information in the form of a letter dated 28 July 2017 and Annex from the United Kingdom’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (DBEIS) to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (DHPLG) relating to the development of Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Plant, which is understood to be under construction near Bridgwater, Somerset, UK. The DBEIS letter refers to the planning decision of 19 March 2013 by the UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to grant consent for this development.


Arising from engagement between the Implementation Committee of the Espoo Convention and the UK, in which the UK maintains it has not breached its international commitments, the UK’s DBEIS letter invites comments on the environmental information on Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Plant, as set out in the webpages listed in the Annex to the letter, in relation to potential transboundary impacts of the development, which was the subject of environmental impact assessment prior to the March 2013 planning decision. DBEIS has since agreed, in the case of Ireland, to extend the deadline set down in the letter for the receipt of comments.


How to participate

The UK’s DBEIS letter and Annex can be accessed in the public consultations section of the DHPLG website at Hinkley Point C together with the documents identified by the UK’s DBEIS as most relevant for the purposes of the transboundary consultation and related documents. A printed copy of these documents, including the UK Secretary of State’s March 2013 planning decision and extracts from the applicant’s environmental statement, are now available for public inspection during office hours at the office of the planning section of each planning authority in Ireland for the duration of the transboundary consultation period and a copy may be purchased from the authority at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of copying. Other links set out in the Annex to the DBEIS letter may be accessed on the DHPLG website at the above link.


Making a submission or observation

A submission or observations in relation to the potential transboundary environmental effects of the development may be made in writing or by e-mail to the Planning Section in the planning authority for the area in which the person lives or the head office of the body concerned is located (see contact details for each planning authority below). All submissions or observations must—

  1. be titled “Transboundary environmental public consultation – Hinkley Point C,
  2. include the name and address of the person, authority or body making the submission or observation and the name of the person, if any, acting on behalf of that person, authority or body,
  3. include reasons, considerations and arguments on which the submission or observation is based, and
  4. clearly identify any material in the submission that is considered to contain confidential or personal information. Responses to this consultation are subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 and Data Protection legislation.

Submissions or observations may also, or alternatively, be e-mailed to the UK’s DBEIS at the following email address -

Deadline for submissions or observations

The deadline for the receipt of written submissions or observations by the planning authority under this transboundary consultation process is by close of business Tuesday 17 April 2018. Submissions or observations will not be individually acknowledged or responded to by the planning authority. DHPLG will not accept submissions or observations in relation to the project.


What will be done with your submissions?

Following consultation with the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, each planning authority will forward to the UK’s DBEIS all submissions or observations it receives through this public consultation. Submissions or observations received may be published on the website of the planning authority concerned. The DHPLG and the UK’s DBEIS will not publish any submissions or observations.


Contact details for submissions or observations


Contact details for each planning authority are set out below:


Planning   authority and weblink


Consultation   e-mail address

Phone   No.

Carlow   County Council

Planning   Department,

Carlow County   Council,

County   Buildings,

Athy Road,


R93 PH31

059 9170300

Cavan County Council

Planning Section,

Cavan County Council,

Farnham Centre,

Farnham Street,


H12 AT31

049 4378300

Clare County Council

Planning Department

Áras Contae an Chláir,

Clare County Council, 

New Road, Ennis, 

Co. Clare 

V95 DXP2

065 6821616

Cork County Council

Planning Department,

Cork County Council,

Floor 1 – Tower

County Hall,


T12 R2NC  

021 4276891

Donegal County Council

Planning   Department,

Donegal County   Council,

County House,  

The Diamond,


Co. Donegal,

F93 Y622  


074 91 53900

Dún   Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

Planning Secretariat,

Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council,

County Hall, Marine Road,

Dún   Laoghaire,


A96 K6C9

01 2054700

Fingal County Council

Forward   Planning Section,

Fingal County   Council,

County Hall,  

Main Street,


Co. Dublin

K67 X8Y2

01 890 5000

Galway County Council

Planning Section,

Galway County Council,

Áras an Chontae,

Prospect Hill,



091 509 000

Kerry County Council

Planning Section,

Kerry County   Council,

Áras an Chontae,  



Co. Kerry,

V92 H7VT

066 7183 500

Kildare County Council

Planning Section

Kildare County   Council

Áras Chill Dara

Devoy Park


W91 X77F

045 980 200

Kilkenny County Council

Director of Planning   Services,

Kilkenny County   Council,

County Hall

John Street


R95 A39T



056 779 4000

Laois   County Council

Planning Section,

Laois County   Council,

Áras an Chontae,

JFL Ave,


R39 EHP9


057 866 4000

Leitrim Country Council

Planning   Department,

Leitrim   County Council,

Áras an Chontae,


N41 PF67


071 962 0005

Longford County Council

Planning   Department,

Longford County   Council,

Áras an Chontae,

Great Water   Street,


N39 NH56

043 334 3300

Louth County Council

Planning Section,

Louth County   Council,

Town Hall,

Crowe Street,


A91 W20C



1890 202 303

Mayo County Council

Planning   Section,

Mayo County   Council,

Áras an Chontae,

The Mall


F23 WF90




094 902 4444

Meath   County Council

Planning   Section,

Meath County   Council,

Buvinda House,

Dublin Road,


C15 Y291


046 909 7000

Monaghan   County Council

Planning Section

Monaghan County   Council

County Offices

The Glen


H18 YT50


047 30 500

Offaly County Council

Planning Section  

Offaly County   Council

Áras an Chontae

Charleville Road


R35 F893


057 934 6800

Roscommon County Council

Planning Section  

Roscommon County   Council

Áras an Chontae

Church Road


F42 VR98


090 663 7100

Sligo County Council

Planning Section

Sligo County   Council

County Hall



F91 Y763


071 911 1111

South Dublin County Council

Planning   Department

County Hall

Belgard Square   Nth Tallaght

Dublin 24

D24 YNN5

01 414 9000

Tipperary County Council

Planning Section

Tipperary County   Council

Civic Offices

Limerick Road


E45 A099


076 106 5000

Westmeath County Council

Planning Section

Westmeath County   Council

Áras an Chontae

Mount Street


N91 FH4N


044 933 2000

Wexford County Council

Planning Section

Wexford County   Council

County Hall



Y35 WY93


053 919 6000

Wicklow   County Council

Planning Section,

Wicklow County   Council,

County   Buildings, Whitegates,

A67 FW96


0404 20 100

Cork City   Council

Strategic   Planning & Economic Development Directorate,

Cork   City Council,

City   Hall,

Anglesea   Street,


T12 T997


021 496 6222

Dublin City Council


Block 4, Floor   0,

Civic Offices,

Wood Quay,

Dublin 8

D08 RF3F


01 222 2222

Galway City Council

Planning   Department, Galway City Council,

City Hall,

College Road,


H91 X4K8


091 536 400

Limerick City and County Council

Planning Section,

Floor 1,

Limerick City   & County Council Offices,



V94 WV78


061 556 000

Waterford City and County Council

The Planning   Department

Waterford City   and County Council,

1st Floor,

Menapia Building,

The Mall,


X91 FXN4


076 110 2020