The Secretary of State on 19 March announced approval of the application by EFD Energy for construction of the first new nuclear power station in the UK for over 25 years. The application was made under the Planning Act 2008 and is for a 3,260 MW station comprising two European Pressurised reactors. The order also covers associated development and compulsory acquisition. The statement of the Secretary of State, Ed Davey, can be read here.
Stephen Tromans QC and Justine Thornton were part of the team advising EDF. Christiaan Zwart acted for the Environment Agency as a statutory consultee.
In addition, Stephen Tromans QC and Zack Simons acted for the Nuclear Industry Association in 2011 in successfully resisting a legal challenge to the decision to justify the building of the EPR type reactor.